he Bartram Trail Conference is now accepting applications for its Fothergill Research Award. One or more fellowships of $500 are awarded annually to an advanced graduate student or recent Ph.D. whose research promises to lead to publication, book, article, dissertation, or other substantive product in studies related to William Bartram. Appropriate areas of scholarship include but are not limited to the natural sciences, history of science, literary studies, journalism, history, biography, archaeology, art, photography and ethnohistory. Recipients are asked to make a informal report on work to be published in BTC newsletter, The Traveller and/or presented at biennial meeting of the BTC (at discretion of program committee). Deadline for receipt of applications is May 31, 2012. The award is for use in 2012–2013. For more information and to receive an application form, please contact Chuck Spornick, phone: (404) 641–7492, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past recipients of the Fothergill Research Award
2001–2002: Jeff Schenck, University of Georgia, M.A. Journalism. Award for a series of articles in Georgia newspapers about Bartram’s trail.
2002–2003: Matthew H. Jennings, University of Illinois, Ph.D. History. Award used to support dissertation research: “’This Country is wroth the trouble of going to war to keep it’: Cultures of violence in the American Southeast to 1740.”
2003–2004: Elizabeth Fairhead, Michigan State University, Ph.D. History. Award used to support dissertation research: “Botanical Academy of Pennsylvania: William Bartram and Natural History in Philadelphia, 1800–1815.”
2004–2005: Amie Fletcher, Auburn University, Ph.D. English. Award used to support disseration research on Bartram’s Travels and other late eighteenth–century literature in the Atlantic world.
2005–2006: Jane Anne Blakney–Bailey, University of Florida, Ph.D. Archaeology. “Foodways as a Measure of Culture Change: An Archaeological Case Study of Creek and Seminole Life.”
2007: Joel T. Fry, Bartram’s Gardens, Independent Scholar. Award used to assist development of a botanical index for William Bartram’s manuscripts.
2008: Michele Currie Navakas, University of California, Irvine, Ph.D. Literature. Award to support dissertation: “Founding Florida: Language and geography at the edge of America.”
2009: Brad Sanders, Independent Scholar. Award to support redesign of BTC website.
2010: Simon Finger, Princeton, Ph.D. Award to support revision of his dissertation, “Epidemic Contitutions: Public Health and Political Culture in the Port of Philadlephia, 1735–1800.”
2011: John Hall, Naturalist and author. Award used to support funding to help complete a book–length photo–essay of the environments that William Bartram visited to be co–written with photographer Beth Young.