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(for fellowship and prize applications, submission of paper proposals for meetings, or special issues of journals)

[Note. Most of the fellowship and prize deadlines recur annually [marked with *] and those will therefore be left on this page after the date has passed. Be aware that the date may change from one year to the next, and should always be checked. Where institutions have not yet updated their site, the previous year's deadline is left, followed by a question-mark. Otherwise, the date is followed by [C] indicating that the next deadline has been confirmed and noted or [P] for permanently fixed dates

Last checked (up to the end of 2023) on 8 September 2023


* January 9 [C] Jeannette D. Black Memorial Fellowship (John Carter Brown Library - and other JCB fellowships)
* January 9 [C]. Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Library Fellowship sponsored by the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland and the John Carter Brown Library, Providence, Rhode Island.
* January 15 [C]. Brian Leigh Dunnigan Fellowship in the History of Cartography (William L. Clements Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan)
* January 15 [C]. Jacob M. Price Visiting Research Fellowship (for younger scholars - William L. Clements Library, Ann Arbor, University of Michigan)
* January 20 [C]. Visiting Fellowships (including the Eleanor M. Garvey Fellowship in Printing and Graphic Arts - Harvard College Library, Cambridge, Mass.)
* January 23 [C]. Short-Term Research Fellowships (New York Public Library)
* January 31 [C]. National Maritime Museum Research Fellowships (London, Greenwich).

* February 1. [C - since 1 November 2022]. Ralph C. and Mary Lynn Heid Research Fellowships for use, inter alia, with cartographic material from the Stephen S. Clark Library, Unversity of Michigan)
* February 13. International workshop: 'On the Origin and Evolution of the Nautical Chart', organised by Project Medea-Chart, at the Instituto Hidrográfico (Lisbon, 25-26 May 2023).
* February 20. [C]. A Rare Book School course taught by Matthew Edney, Material Foundations of Map History, 1450–1900, at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville (11-16 June 2023).

* March 5. 17th ICA Commission Conference: Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage (Thessaloniki, 24-26 May 2023).
* March 15. International conference: Conquering the World through Cartography: The Imperialist Turn in 19th and 20th Century Mapping, jointly hosted by the ICA Commission on the History of Cartography and the Belgian Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences (for details see Here) (Brussels, 30-31 May 2023 [hybrid]).
* March 15. Proposals for essays in a forthcoming Brill publication, with full contributions due in May 2024. The provisional title is "Medieval Borders and the Environment". Among the themes mentioned are 'Geography and Cartography, including Human Geography' and 'Toponymy (especially in connection with environmental features and elemental theory)'. For more information: elisa.ramazzina@unipv.it

* April 1 (also October 1) [P]. Explokart Fellowship (Amsterdam) - for information contact: info(at)cart-hist- cathedra.nl
* April 1 [C]. London Topographical Society. Ann Saunders Essay Prize.
* April 12 ['not currently available' 3 January 2023]. Leventhal Map & Education Center Public Research Fellows in History and Geography (between one and three weeks in residence at the LMEC, Boston Public Library)
* April 15 [apparently in abeyance]. Postdoctoral fellowship in the Digital History and Geography of the American Revolutionary War Era (The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon and the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library)
April 17. [Call for papers deadline]. Annual conference of the Society for the History of Discoveries: 'Worlds of Exploration' (James Ford Bell Library, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, September 21-24).

* ['Applications for the 2024 program will open in early 2023']. National Library of Australia Fellowships (Canberra)

* May 1 [P]. Helen Wallis Fellowship (British Library)
* May 1 [?]. Graduate Scholar-in-Residence program at the Newberry Library, Chicago (for advanced PhD students for the period September-May).
* May 18 [C]. Leventhal Map & Education Center Small Grants Fund for Early Career Digital Publications
May 31. [Call for papers deadline]. 'Art(s) and mapping(s)': Symposium of the history commission of the Comité français de cartographie, at the Institut national d'histoire de l'art (Paris, November 25). Contact: catherine.hofmann@bnf.fr

* June. The application for the 2024-2025 Fellowship will be available in June 2023: Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers (fellowship for work on the collections of the New York Public Library, Humanities and Social Sciences Library - of which the The Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division forms a part)
* June 1 [P]. Society for the History of Discoveries Student Essay Prizes
* June 1 [P]. Walter W Ristow Essay Prize (Washington Map Society)
* June 1 ['We expect to announce new information about our applications for the 2022-23 grant cycle in the near future. For more information, you can also contact the Travel to Collections Grant Committee at lib- sasctravel@uflib.ufl.edu.']. Travel to Collections Grant (Department of Special and Area Studies Collection at the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, for research in the collections (including the Map & Imagery Library))
* June 24 [C]. Ian Mumford Award (British Cartographic Society), for university and college students where cartography, maps or mapping forms the principal subject of research
* June 26 [C]. Dr Bennie Ng Scholarship - for research in the National Library’s maps collection [NB. Started 2024.]
June 30. [Call for papers deadline]. Oxford. Online map conference of The Oxford Seminars in Cartography [TOSCA]: 'Artful maps: exploring the visual culture of cartography' (Bodleian Library, Oxford, 26 September).

* July 18 [?]. The California Map Society and the David Rumsey Map Center Annual Student Exhibition Competition ('The curatorial competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in a degree-granting institution in one of the states in the census-defined West Region of the U.S. and working towards an undergraduate or graduate degree.' This repalaces an annual award for outstanding student scholarship)

* September 13 [C] Augustin Hirschvogel Fellowship (Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg)
* September 15 [C]. Philip Lee Phillips Society Fellowship (John W. Kluge Center and the Philip Lee Phillips Map Society at the Library of Congress)
* September 22 [C]. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (Short-term Research Fellowships)
September 29 [Call for papers deadline]. The biennial conference of the Historians of Netherlandish Art, ‘Britain and the Low Countries: Cultural Exchange Past, Present & Future’, will be held in the UK for the first time in their 40-year history. This will include an interdisciplinary paper session on the Intersections of art and cartography in the early modern Low Countries (1500-1800) (London and Cambridge, 10-13 July 2024).
September 30. [Call for papers deadline]. X Simposio Iberoamericano de Historia de la Cartografía: Historias de cartografías en Iberoamérica: Mapear un campo de estudios (Montevideo, Uruguay, 24-26 April 2024).
* September 30 [C]. Herzog-Ernst-Scholarship Programme at the Research Library Gotha and the Gotha Research Centre of the University of Erfurt. See also the Bewerbung.
* September 30 ["Suspended due to Lilly Library renovation"]. Mendel Fellowship (a visiting fellowship mentioning specifically 'geography, navigation and cartography'; also the Everett Helm Visiting Fellowships - Lilly Library, Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington)
* September 30 [C]. The Willison Foundation Charitable Trust Award (for 'advanced research in the History of the Book', with maps specifically included)
September 30 [Call for papers deadline]. 'A Different Perspective for the Atlantic Routes: Impressions and Exchanges in Transoceanic Journeys from the 16th to the 19th Century': Leaving a trail: the voice of memories, reports and maps beyond the fascination and fear for and of the New World' (the third conference in a series, the others in Paris). Palacio de Maldonado - Centro de Estudios Brasileños, Universidad de Salamanca (15 May 2024).

* October 1 (also April 1) [P]. Explokart Fellowship (Amsterdam) - for information contact: info(at)cart-hist- cathedra.nl
* October 2 [C]. Bibliographical Society of America (Charles J. Tanenbaum Fellowship in Cartographical Bibliography). See also Application Guidelines.
* October 23 (C). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (Research Fellowships for Graduate Students)

* November 1 [C]. Long-term Fellowships (Newberry Library)
November 1 [Call for Applications]. The Smith Center First Book Workshop in Map History, at the Newberry Library (22-23 February 2024).
* November 1 [P]. J.B. Harley Research Fellowships (London)
* November 15 [C]. Huntington Library (applications from 31 August; a range of short- and long-term fellowships - San Marino, California)
November 15. [Call for papers deadline]. Revista Scriptorium calls for submissions, in Portuguese, Spanish and English, of articles with the theme: "Cartografía y representación del espacio" [info@scriptorium.com.ar].
November 20. [C - The call will be open from 1 September]. The 30th International Conference on the History of Cartography, 'Confluences - Interdisciplinarity and New Challenges in the History of Cartography', at the Université de Lyon 3 Jean Moulin (Lyon, France, 1-5 July 2024).
* November 30 [C]. American Geographical Society Library Fellowships (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries)

* December 1 ['Currently closed' - noted August 2023]. Bodleian Visiting Fellowships (short-term Visiting Fellowships for researchers who will benefit from an uninterrupted period of research in the Special Collections of the Bodleian Libraries)
* December 15 [C]. Short-term Fellowships in the History of Cartography (Newberry Library). See also Dates and Deadlines.
* December 31 [C]. ISHMap Prize for Projects in Map History'.

[deadline dates unknown]:
Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum (see for details of the Crone and Warnsinck Fellowships)

William and Madeline Welder Smith Travel Award (see the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History - University of Texas at Austin)

[different dates, check website]:
State Library of New South Wales (various grants for Australian history, e.g. C.H. Currey, Nancy Keesing and Milt Luger Fellowships)


* March 1 [C]. Hakluyt Society Essay Prize.

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