Riemenschneider Bach Institute


Martha Goldsworthy Arnold Fellowship

The Riemenschneider Bach Institute (RBI) announces the Martha Goldsworthy Arnold visiting academic research fellowship tenable for one month during the period September 1 to June 30.

This award is for a period of residence to use the RBI library's resources for research and writing. The Institute's collections offer broad research opportunities in Bach-oriented manuscripts, books, archival materials, and scores, including many rare items: the Emmy Martin Collection of first-edition scores; the Riemenschneider Graduate Library Collection; the Hans T. David Collection of books, manuscripts, archival materials and scores; and the opera-oriented Tom Villella collection of phonodiscs, books, archival materials, and memorabilia. Currently, total RBI materials number over 20,000.

Arnold Fellowships (up to $1500) are for full-time residential research for four weeks in the collections of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute. Fellows will be invited to present their work to faculty and students and, depending on suitability, submit it for publication to Bach: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute.

Eligibility: Scholars who hold the Ph.D. and doctoral candidates engaged in dissertation research in the humanities, the social sciences, or in a professional field such as music performance are eligible. Exceptions may be made for individuals without continuous academic careers. Applicants may be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals.

Application requirements: Applications must include a cover sheet, a two to three-page single-spaced research proposal, a one to two page curriculum vitae indicating major prior scholarship, a list of the materials at the Riemenschneider Bach Institute that will be used for research, two letters of reference from individuals who know the quality of the applicant's scholarship, and a proposed schedule and budget of expenses during the fellowship. All application materials must be written in English. Applications must be submitted by April 15 to Dr. Mel Unger, Director, Riemenschneider Bach Institute, Baldwin Wallace University, 275 Eastland Road, Berea, Ohio 44017-2088.

Language certification: For applicants whose native language is not English, there must be evidence that the applicant is fluent enough in English to conduct research easily, discuss work with colleagues and make a public presentation, although the ultimate product of the research may be written in the applicant's native language. For English speakers who seek to do research in the Library's foreign language collections, there must be evidence that they have a command of the relevant language or languages at the level requisite for serious research.

Awards: One fellowship will be awarded annually. Awards are announced no later than May 15 for the upcoming award period of September to June.

For further information, contact the Riemenschneider Bach Institute at (440) 826-2207 or email LKennell@bw.edu.


Martha Goldsworthy Arnold Fellow for 2004, Dr. Federico Celestini of the Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria.


The 2002 award was granted to Dr. Yo Tomita, Queens University, Belfast, Ireland. Dr. Tomita (left) is greeted by Dr. Unger at the Cleveland International Airport.


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