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Francis Johnson Fellowships: Applications due March 1

The Library Company of Philadelphia welcomes applications for its newly-launched Francis Johnson Fellowships. The Johnson Fellowships will support two fellows—a humanities scholar and a creative practitioner—who will delve into the compositions of one of the most popular black composers prior to the American Civil War. These fellows will be encouraged to explore a manuscript book of 80 compositions (some unpublished) in conjunction with printed materials held at both the Library Company and at the Kislak Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Each Francis Johnson Fellow will receive a stipend of $5000; $2500 research fund to be defined by the fellow and program director; travel expenses (up to $500); and lodging at the Library Company's Cassatt House residence for four to eight weeks.

To apply, email a proposal (no more than 1000 words) plus a preliminary budget and timeline, resume or c.v., and one letter of reference to wfenton -at- For more information, visit the Francis Johnson Fellowship webpage ( or email Will Fenton at the aforementioned address. 

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