Visiting Scholar Research Fellowship - French Political Economy

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford University Libraries is accepting applications for a short-term research fellowship for scholars wishing to use the Gustave Gimon Collection on French Political Economy, held in the Libraries' Special Collections department. The Libraries annually awards one stipend of $3000-$5000 (depending on the length of visit, expected to last from 2 to 4 weeks) in support of research in the collections. The fellowship stipends are to be used to defray the costs for travel, lodging, food, and photocopying associated with the recipient's research trip. This fellowship program is funded by a grant from the Flora Family Foundation.

The current application deadline is February 15, 2012. The fellowship can be used September 2012 to August 2013. The scholar should plan on visiting while the university is in session so that he or she can meet with Stanford faculty and students.

Scholars working on serious projects about French political economy may apply, including advanced graduate students at the dissertation phase of their study. Selection criteria include the relevance of Gimon Collection to the candidate's project, the contribution that the finished work will make to our understanding of French political economy, and the applicant's qualifications. The library encourages potential applicants to contact the curator, Sarah Sussman, for more information about the scope and contents of the collection.

There is no application form. Interested researchers are encouraged to send in a detailed project proposal of no more than 1000 words clearly stating why materials in the Gimon Collection are essential to carrying out the research project, two letters of recommendation from scholars in the field, and a curriculum vitae.

Proposals are to be sent by February 15, 2012 to:

Sarah Sussman, Curator French and Italian Collections
Gimon Collection Visiting Scholar Fellowship
Green Library, Room 320A
Stanford University Libraries
Stanford , CA 94305

About the Gimon Collection on French Political Economy

The Gimon Collection contains approximately 1000 titles that concentrate broadly on the evolution of French economics and politics from the late sixteenth to the mid nineteenth century. Because the Gimon Collection embodies a broad definition of political economy and because its materials span the three centuries from 1550-1850, scholars working in fields as varied as History, Literature, Art History, Economics, and Philosophy are invited to apply for an opportunity to work in the collection. The collection is particularly strong in material from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Topics of focus include physiocracy, nineteenth century utopian thought (Saint-Simonianism and Fourierism), workers' rights, and how economic, social, and political thought was applied to issues as varied as religious freedom, political sovereignty, taxation and trade policies, colonial issues, agriculture, and transportation. The scholar will also be able to use other materials held in Stanford University Libraries, which contain rich holdings of French historical works.

Bibliography of the Collection

For a more detailed description of the Gustave Gimon Collection on Political Economy, please see the following webpage :

For more information about Stanford University Libraries, please refer to the following URL that gives access to Searchworks, Stanford's library online catalogue:

For more information contact: Sarah Sussman at or 650-723-9481

PDF version

back to French and Italian Collections

[an error occurred while processing this directive]