International Visitor Program
JASNA's International Visitor Program (IVP) provides a member the opportunity to work on a creative or scholarly project while living in Jane Austen’s village of Chawton, England, for up to six weeks in July and August.
JASNA provides the International Visitor a grant of $3,250 (US dollars), which is to be used to defray the costs for round-trip airfare to England from the continental United States or Canada, housing, and miscellaneous travel and research expenses.
The International Visitor Program requires a full-time commitment from the grant recipient for the duration of the visit. While much of the time in England will be spent working on a self-defined Austen project, the International Visitor will also work two days a week at Austen-related institutions in Chawton performing duties as assigned. The Visitor will also attend the U.K. Jane Austen Society’s Annual General Meeting in July and provide assistance as requested by the Society.
Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
- the importance of the project,
- the applicant’s need for access to materials in Chawton or nearby,
- the viability of the project (in terms of project parameters, time, and resources),
- the useful skills that the applicant brings to JASNA’s Austen-related partners in Chawton.
Learn more about the Austen-related institutions below.
IVP candidates must be members of JASNA who live in the United States or Canada and have an Austen-related project that requires access to resources in England. It is not necessary to be a student or a career academic.
Keep in mind that living conditions will be simple and may not be agreeable to someone who cannot tolerate summer weather without air conditioning or cannot walk at least a mile on uneven ground without assistance.
Chawton House Library and St. Nicholas Church (Photo © Allan Soedring)
How to Apply
Download the Application Fact Sheet and the Application Form for more information about the application process.
The application deadline is December 15 in the year before the summer stay in Chawton. The IVP Committee will make every effort to announce its decision on or before February 15.
The 2017 International Visitor has been selected.
Check back this summer to learn more about the 2018 program.
More about Austen Projects
The IVP Committee is particularly interested in applicants whose Austen-related projects and interests match the needs of one of our Chawton partners: Jane Austen’s House Museum, Chawton House Library, and St. Nicholas Church. Find out more about each institution's needs and past IVP projects below.