The Strong Museum Announces
Mary Valentine and Andrew Cosman Research Fellowships to Advance Play Scholarship
ROCHESTER, New York—The Strong is pleased to announce the Mary Valentine and Andrew Cosman Research Fellowships to provide financial support for scholarly play research about games and related topics of play across The Strong’s incomparable collections of toys, games, board games, electronic games, play-related records, and historical archives. The fellowships are made possible by the Mary Valentine and Andrew Cosman Trusts and provide a new source of financial support for eligible academic professionals, independent scholars, museum scholars, and advanced graduate students at the masters or doctorate level that can benefit from on-site access to The Strong’s collections. The new fellowship program complements The Strong Research Fellowships established in 2012.
Andrew Cosman, a lifelong game enthusiast and collector, opened a game store along with his wife, Mary Valentine, through which they shared their love for games with others. Throughout their years together, Cosman and Valentine’s collection grew extensively and through donation in 2013, they established the Andrew Cosman-Mary Valentine Game Collection at The Strong.
“The generosity of Mary Valentine and Andrew Cosman will promote and advance play scholarship and contribute to a greater understanding of the important role of play in people’s lives,” says Christopher Bensch, vice president for collections. “Recipients of the Mary Valentine and Andrew Cosman Research Fellowships will benefit from access to their extensive collection of more than 600 war, strategy, and other types of complex games, as well as from thousands of other games, game prototypes, and related objects and historical documents in The Strong’s collections.”
The Strong invites fellowship applications from academic professionals, independent scholars, museum scholars, and advanced graduate students at the masters or doctorate level living outside a 50-mile radius of The Strong. Mary Valentine and Andrew Cosman Research Fellowships are awarded three times a year and granted for periods ranging from one week to three months in the following amounts: a $500 stipend per week for a maximum of three weeks and a $1,750 stipend per month for a maximum of three months.
Eligible research projects must benefit from access to collections held by The Strong, including publications and other materials in the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play; artifacts in the museum's toys, dolls, and games collections; and video game and electronic game artifacts and related resources acquired through The Strong's International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG).
Research fellowship recipients will have library access from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; supervised access to The Strong’s collections; a dedicated library carrel; wireless Internet access and phone; free digital images with a personal camera for individual reference use only; and access to a community of scholars and curators with a shared interest.
Applications for grants covering October–December must be received by August 15; applications for grants covering January–June must be received by November 15; applications for grants covering July–September must be received by May 30.
Applications must be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a complete list of application and fellowship award requirements, visit thestrong.org/about-collections/research-fellowships
About The Strong
The Strong is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to the history and exploration of play. It is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play and houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play.
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