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Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature

Research Fellowships

The Center is pleased to offer Research Fellowships to support scholars from outside the Fresno/Clovis area who are engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent research.

Freddy the Pig Studying at Desk

The Fellowships have been created to encourage innovative and robust inquiry into the varied aspects of children's literature. Proposals are reviewed by a committee and selection is based on significance to the study of children's literature, likelihood of publication or other dissemination of the work, and relevance of the project to the Center's holdings. Acknowledgement of the Center in all published or otherwise disseminated material is required.

Two Fellowships of up to $2,000 will be awarded annually to scholars. Funds must be spent to support research. The award may be used for transportation to and from Fresno, living expenses while in residence and research materials and basic supplies needed to accomplish the research. They must be used within one year of the award notification date. Individuals interested in conducting on-site research to support projects pertaining to children's literature are encouraged to apply.

Arne Nixon Center stacks

The Arne Nixon Center, a leading resource for the study of literature for young people, houses a collection of more than 60,000 books, periodicals, manuscripts, original art and papers of authors and illustrators including those of Margarita Engle, Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy and Robert San Souci. With an emphasis on diversity, the holdings include: the largest LGBTQ collection of books for young people in the nation; a World Languages collection with books in over 50 different languages-more than 2,100 of these in Spanish; the Lewis Carroll collection, an extensive assemblage of international books and materials by, about and related to the iconic author; and the Helen Monette Amestoy collection of over 6,000 books on cats. For further information about the program, call the curator Jennifer Crow at 559.278.8116 or send an email to

A completed application form must be accompanied by a detailed project description with proposed budget, abbreviated CV and letter of recommendation from a professional who knows the researcher's work. The application can also be submitted through Google Forms at

The deadline to apply is November 6, 2016. Recipients must be willing to have their name, photo, and title of research promoted via publicity and marketing channels. They will also provide a lunch-time presentation about their findings to the Madden Library faculty and staff and other interested Fresno State personnel.