AUSTIN, Texas — The deadline for applying for Dobie-Paisano writing fellowships, which offer recipients six months in residence at the late J. Frank Dobie’s ranch near Austin, is Jan. 23, 1998. The fellowships are sponsored by the Texas Institute of Letters and The University of Texas at Austin.
Two fellowships will be awarded for 1998-99, the first beginning Sept. 1, 1998 and the second in late February 1999. The fellowships are known as the Ralph A. Johnston Memorial Fellowship and the Jesse H. Jones Writing Fellowship. Each carries a stipend of $7,200.
Fellowships applicants must be native Texans, or persons who have lived in Texas at least two years, or persons whose published writing has a Texas subject. Criteria for making the awards include quality of work, character of the proposed project and suitability of the applicant for life at Paisano. Applicants must submit examples of their work in triplicate. The application fee is $10.
The 254-acre ranch, 14 miles west of Austin on Barton Creek, is owned and maintained by UT Austin.
The Dobie-Paisano fellowships provide some of the finest opportunities available to writers in the country in that they offer a site with significant literary association in a beautiful setting, an extended period of time for writing, as well as a stipend, according to Dr. Audrey Slate, director of the program.
Winners will be announced in late April or early May. Information and application forms may be requested by mail: Dobie-Paisano Project, J. Frank Dobie House, 702 East Dean Keeton St., Austin, Texas 78705; by phone: 512-471-8542; by Fax: 512-471-9997; or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.