International Visitor Program
Each year our International Visitor Program (IVP) provides a JASNA member the opportunity to work on a creative or scholarly project in Jane Austen’s village of Chawton, England, for up to six weeks in July and August.
International Visitor Support
JASNA provides the International Visitor a fellowship 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 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.
How to Apply for 2024
The application deadline for the 2024 International Visitor fellowship is December 16, 2023. The IVP Committee will make every effort to announce its decision on or before February 15, 2024.
Download the Application Fact Sheet and the Application Form for more information and to apply.
The Library at Chawton House houses a unique collection of women’s writing in English from 1600 to 1830. (Photo © Jane Austen Society of North America)
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, Chawton House, and St. Nicholas Church. Find out more about each institution's needs and past IVP projects below.