The Diana L. Bennett Fellows Program

The Diana L. Bennett Fellows Program is a nine-month fellowship program at the Black Mountain Institute offered to published writers and public intellectuals. Funded by Sonja and Michael Saltman, the International Women's Forum, the Library of Congress, and Tom and Mary Gallagher, fellowships are awarded to candidates whose work ranges away from the American experience and into international terrain and who have an ongoing project that would benefit from a period of sustained immersion. The program accepts applications from novelists, poets, playwrights, historians, political scientists, independent scholars, and anyone else whose work is meant for a general, educated lay audience. The BMI awards three to five fellowships each year to outstanding writers who have published at least one critically acclaimed book before the time of application. Foreign nationals conversant in English are welcome to apply. There are no degree requirements.

Terms and conditions

Fellows receive a $50,000 stipend, an office, a computer, and access to UNLV's Lied Library. They remain in residence at BMI for the duration of the fellowship term (late August to mid May) and work daily at the BMI offices. Fellows are required to give a talk on their work-in-progress to other fellows, as well as to a wide range of invited guests, and to take part in BMI programs. Additionally, fellows must make themselves available, on occasion, as visitors to UNLV graduate classes in fields related to their own work.

BMI - Kluge Fellowship in partnership with the Library of Congress

For the 2008-09 through 2010-11 residency cycles, BMI offers one fellowship in conjunction with the Library of Congress. The successful candidate will spend a portion of his or her time in Las Vegas and a portion at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., making use of the nation's largest and most prestigious research library.
[edit] Deadlines

* Application deadline: February 1
* Notification of selection results: May 1


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