Richard & Diane Cummins Legal History Research Grant for 2012

The Richard & Diane Cummins Legal History Research Grant for 2012

George Washington University Law is pleased to invite applications for the Richard & Diane Cummins Legal History Research Grant for 2012.

The Cummins Grant provides a stipend of $10,000 to support short-term historical research using the Special Collections Department at GW's Jacob Burns Law Library, which is noted for its continental historical legal collections, especially its French collection, with strengths in Roman and canon law, church-state relations, international law, and many incunabula holdings.

The grant is awarded to one doctoral, LLM, or SJD. candidate, postdoctoral researcher, faculty member, or independent scholar. The successful candidate may come from a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, law, history, religion, philosophy, or bibliography.

Applicants must submit a letter and research proposal (maximum 1000 words) outlining the scope of their project and specifying those materials from the Special Collections Department that are relevant to their research. Applicants also should submit two letters of support, preferably from academic colleagues. For student applicants, one of the letters must be from a dissertation or thesis advisor. These documents may be submitted electronically or in hard copy via mail.

During his or her visit, the grant recipient will deliver a presentation to interested faculty of the research completed at GW, and at the conclusion of the visit will submit a summary of research conducted during the visit.

Grant application
The deadline for submitting applications is 1 November 2011. Inquiries and application materials should be sent to:

Dean Scott B. Pagel
Director, Jacob Burns Law Library
The George Washington University
716 20th Street NW
Washington, DC  20052

About the Special Collections Department
The Special Collections Department of the Jacob Burns Law Library preserves more than 35,000 important legal works from the fifteenth through nineteenth centuries. Its French Collection is one of the largest assemblages of early French law in the United States. The Incunabula Collection comprises more than 120 titles. Other significant areas of the collection include church-state relations, Roman and canon law, international law, and early American statutes and practitioner guides. Additional information regarding the collection is available from the Special Collections Department.  

For information regarding the scope of the collection and its potential pertinence to individual research needs, please contact:

Jennie Meade
Director of Special Collections
Jacob Burns Law Library

You can find out more about the collections here.