2018 Fellowship Award Announcement
Congratulations to Michael Jacobson, W-72! He is the this years recipient of the Armin E. Elsaesser Fellowship.
Michael will use his award to travel to Orchid Island, southeast of Taiwan, to document the indigenous Tao people’s traditional boat building and fishing culture. Photos and videos will be used to augment an exhibit at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington. Michael’s interest in the Tao’s seagoing fishing canoe, called a tatala, began with a visit to Taiwan in 1987. Upon his return to Seattle, he recognized two such vessels being used as light fixtures in at Ivar's, a local Seattle seafood restaurant. Years later he was able to rescue the boats, one of which he restored and donated to the Burke Museum.
To learn more about Michael and his project, please visit the Currents blog.
About the Fellowship
The Fellowship program, established in 1987, is in memory of Armin E. Elsaesser III - sailor, educator, and adventurer - who sailed on several Westward cruises and taught Maritime Studies on shore. With his strong curiosity and sense of adventure, Armin inspired SEA students and staff alike.
Purpose: The goal of the Armin E. Elsaesser Fellowship is to help one person each year follow a dream that has been elusive because of the demands of work or study. The successful project will involve active investigation into an area of personal interest (excluding work or study subjects) that is marine-related and reflects a creative and independent approach to the pursuit of knowledge.
Eligibility: SEA Semester alumni, faculty, staff, and past employees are eligible for the Fellowship. The award is between $5,000 - $10,000 for projects that are at least one month in duration and involve any marine or maritime field that is not directly related to the applicant's current professional or academic activities. Winners will be chosen by a competitive selection.
To Apply: If you missed this year's deadline. No worries! Preliminary proposals for the 2019 fellowship will be accepted on a rolling basis until SEPTEMBER 1, 2018. Preliminary proposals should be no more than two pages, outline the project and preliminary budget, and include a short biographical sketch of the applicant. Email Fellowship proposals to email@example.com or mail to Elsaesser Committee, SEA, PO Box 6, Woods Hole, MA 02543.