Opportunity for Researcher interested in Disability Rights/History

03/01/2012 (All day) - 04/02/2012 (All day)

The National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute announces the NFB Hazel tenBroek Research Grant program for 2012-13.  

Purpose: These awards will support projects that (1) require the resources of the Jacobus tenBroek Library and (2) are intended to lead to a product of educational or aesthetic value to the public and/or the academic community.  Undergraduate students may apply, but only for work on a senior thesis or capstone project. Awards: Up to five applicants will win awards of between $500 and $5000.  Awards will be based on budgets submitted as part of the application (see below), but will not necessarily match the total proposed budget.  In general, the awards will be proportional to the proposed length of residence in the tenBroek Library.

Period of residence: Winners of Hazel tenBroek Research grants are expected to spend at least five days in residence at the Jacobus tenBroek Library, any time between mid-July 2012 and mid-June 2013.  The days of residence need not be consecutive.  Awardees who come from a distance are invited to stay in Jernigan Institute sleeping rooms at no charge.  Grant recipients are not required to stay at the Jernigan Institute, but we will not consider lodging costs in proposal budgets.

Presentation: At the conclusion of their stay, awardees will be expected to make a presentation of 20-30 minutes, followed by a question and answer period with Jernigan Institute staff members.

Acknowledgment and rights:  All products of work done on these grants remains the intellectual property of the awardees, but must  include an acknowledgment of the 2012-2013 NFB Hazel tenBroek Research Grant program.  Should the editors regard the grant-funded work as appropriate for inclusion the Braille Monitor, tenBroek Library staff will work with the awardee in preparing an article.

Eligibility: All are eligible to apply, regardless of citizenship or age.

Travel and visas: Grantees are responsible for their own travel arrangements and visa arrangements (if needed).


Disability status: All else being equal, preference will be shown, first, to blind applicants, and second, to other disabled applicants.

Topic of project: We are especially interested in projects related to the life and work of Jacobus tenBroek or the history of the National Federation of the Blind.  However, we will consider well-conceived projects in other areas.

Resources: Published books, periodicals, etc. The Jacobus tenBroek Library, established in 2004, is currently engaged in a large scale acquisitions program (both retrospective and current).  The scope of its published materials-largely  in print, but also in talking book, Braille, and digital formats-extends to all facets (except the medical) of blindness and the lives of blind people.  We encourage potential applicants to check THE BLIND CAT, our online public-access catalog (www.nfb.org/theblindcat), and let us know of books or other publications that are within our scope, that we do not yet own.

For further information, please contact the tenBroek Library (410-659-9314 x2225 or jtblibrary@nfb.org).

Deadline: All applications must be received by 8:00 AM, Eastern Time (GMT -05:00), Monday April 2, 2012.

Decisions will be announced within a few weeks.

The tenBroek Library is becoming the place for research on blindness.  Check out THE CANE TIP (www.nfb.org/thecanetip, our archival database), and THE BLIND CAT (www.nwf.org/theblindcat, our online public access catalog).  Both are fully accessible.

Event Date: 
03/01/2012 (All day) - 04/02/2012 (All day)
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