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Application Process for 2016-17 Eadington Fellows Now Open

By Su Kim Chung on July 12, 2016 11:50 PM | Permalink


​Image featuring a gaming house during the Renaissance after a miniature on vellum. From the Musée rétrospectif de la classe 100 : Jeux à l'exposition universelle internationale de 1900, à Paris. Rapport présenté by Henry d'Allemagne (Taxe Collection, UNLV Libraries Special Collections).

The Center for Gaming Research in Special Collections at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites interested scholars to apply for the 2016-17 cycle of William R. Eadington fellowships, which facilitate research into many aspects of both gambling and Las Vegas at UNLV Special Collections in the University Libraries.

In the 2016-17 academic year, the Center will award two types of Eadington fellowships:

Four-week Resident Fellowships offer a $3,000 stipend.  This award is intended for graduate students conducting dissertation research, junior faculty, particularly those turning dissertations into books, and senior faculty pursuing new research opportunities.  Resident Eadington Fellows will complete a month-long residency at Special Collections at the University Libraries, deliver a public talk (which is recorded as part of the Center’s podcast series), and contribute a brief paper to the Center’s Occasional Paper Series.  It is expected that the research they conduct will be incorporated into their dissertation, a book, or another major research project.  Residencies for these fellowships can be scheduled to conclude any time before September 1, 2017—this includes the summer.

Two-week Visiting Fellowships offer a $1,500 stipend.  This award is intended for senior faculty or junior faculty who do not have the time to commit to a month-long residency.  Visiting Eadington Fellows will spend a minimum of two weeks in residency doing research at Special Collections, deliver a public talk (which is recorded as part of the Center’s podcast series), and contribute a brief paper to our Occasional Paper Series.  It is expected that their research will be incorporated into an article, book chapter, or other research project. These residencies can be scheduled only during the academic year (September 2016 to May 2017).

All Eadington fellows will complete a residency at Special Collections; deliver a public talk (which is recorded as part of the Center’s podcast series); and contribute a brief paper to the Center’s Occasional Paper Series.

Who’s eligible?

Anyone currently in a graduate program (with a preference for Ph.D. students who are ABD) or serving as a university faculty member is eligible to apply. Applicants primarily represent the fields of history, economics, English, history, sociology, and anthropology, though those from all disciplines with relevant research interests are encouraged to apply.  Suggested fields of research include Las Vegas history, the history of gambling, and comparative studies of gambling in literature, history, and society.

Before applying please learn as much as you can about the scope of the collections—priority is given to applicants who specify collections they plan to use.  Visit the Center website for more information about the program, past fellows, and the collections.

Research in the Katherine Spilde Papers on Tribal Gaming is especially encouraged after January 2017. Thanks to a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the papers are currently being prepared for research.

How to apply:

For the 2016-2017 academic year, please submit the following by July 25, 2016: :

  • A cover letter briefly introducing yourself; please indicate clearly whether you are applying for the Resident or Visiting Eadington fellowship, and when you would prefer to schedule your residency
  • A brief (2-3 page) description of the proposed research, with details on secondary research already done and sources to be used at UNLV
  • A full curriculum vitae
  • For graduate students, one letter of recommendation that evaluates your past research and current project

All materials must be sent electronically; the first three items should be sent in a single pdf file, with the letter of recommendation sent separately as an email (no attachments) by the recommender directly to the center’s director, Dr. David G. Schwartz, at Please email the pdf of the application to the same address.  Paper submissions and those that do not follow these guidelines will be excluded from consideration.

Successful applicants will be notified by August 12, 2016.