AUSTIN, Texas—The application process has begun for the Dobie Paisano writing fellowships for 2006-07 sponsored by the Texas Institute of Letters and The University of Texas at Austin.
The deadline for applying for the fellowships, which offer six months in residence at the late J. Frank Dobie’s ranch near Austin, as well as a living allowance, is Jan. 27, 2006. Information about the fellowships, including applicant information and an application that can be filled out and printed, is available at the Dobie Paisano Fellowships Web site.
The Dobie Paisano fellowships provide an opportunity for creative writers to live for an extended period at a place of significant literary association. The 254-acre ranch, 14 miles west of Austin on Barton Creek, is owned and maintained by The University of Texas at Austin.
Two fellowships will be awarded for 2006-07, the first beginning Sept. 1, 2006 and the second March 1, 2007. The fellowships are known as the Ralph A. Johnston Memorial Fellowship and the Jesse H. Jones Writing Fellowship. Each provides a living allowance of $2,000 monthly during residence. The living stipend is funded by the Johnston Foundation, the Houston Endowment, the Susan Vaughan Foundation, Texas Institute of Letters members and former Paisano fellows.
At the time of application, one of the following requirements must be met: the applicant must be a native Texan, or have lived in Texas at some time for at least three years, or have published writing that 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. Winners are announced in early May.
Entries must be submitted on the form, “Application for Fellowship at Paisano-2006-2007.” The application can be filled out and printed from the Dobie Paisano Fellowships Web site. Acrobat Reader is needed to complete and print the form. Three copies of the application must be submitted with the rest of the entry and mailed in one package.
To receive information and the application by mail: Write: Dobie Paisano Project, J. Frank Dobie House, 702 East Dean Keeton St., Austin, Texas 78705; Fax: 512-471-9997; or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information contact: Robert D. Meckel, Office of Public Affairs, 512-475-7847.