Ingo SwannHistory and Purpose:

The Ingo Swann Research Fellowship was established in honor of artist, author, practitioner and teacher of remote viewing, Ingo Swann, to advance scholarship in the field of parapsychology and to encourage use of the human consciousness collections in the University of West Georgia, Ingram Library’s Special Collections in unique and creative ways.

The Ingo Swann Research Fellowship, offered every other year, provides approximately $3,000 (this amount can fluctuate year to year) for visiting researchers working on projects that require on-site consultation of University of West Georgia parapsychology collections in Ingram Library's Special Collections.

Cycle:

The Fellowship is offered every other year. The announcement of availability of the Ingo Swann Research Fellowship is made in early March, with a deadline for submission in early May, and the award of Fellowships in mid-June. Fellowship funds may be used for visits to the University of West Georgia during August-December of the award year.

The first Ingo Swann Research Fellowship was awarded in 2018. Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic the Fellowship was not run in 2020.  

The Ingo Swann Research Fellows:

2022

Elizabeth Bergen-Bartel, master instructor in martial arts and graduate student at Tsukuba University in Japan in Comprehensive Human Sciences. Bergen-Bartel's research is focused on the relationship between high-level athletes' consciousness in flow states and predictive anticipatory activity.

Christopher Senn, PhD candidate in Religion at Rice University. Senn's research area is the connections between anomalous cognition, military intelligence, and emerging technologies of the twenty-first century.

2018

Dr. Derek Lee, Post Doctoral Fellow in English Literature at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Lee's research topic was the Paranormal Mind in Twentieth-Century Literature and Science.

Eligibility:

Those who are engaged in graduate-level, postdoctoral, or independent research are invited to apply. Members of the general public are not eligible, nor are students enrolled in undergraduate degree programs, but all other interested persons are encouraged to apply.

Awards will be made based on the applicant's ability to complete the proposed on-site research successfully within the time frame of the fellowship (generally August to December). Applicants should explain why the project cannot be conducted without on-site access to the original materials and the extent to which Ingram Library’s Special Collections in parapsychology are central to the research. Applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged.

The funds can be used for travel, living and research expenses.

As a requirement of the Fellowship, the fellow will give an on-campus presentation on the subject of their research.

Application Process:

Applicants must provide the following information:

  • A cover letter (not to exceed one page) including the project title; a brief summary; estimated dates of on-site research
  • A brief budget for travel, living, and research expenses during the period of on-site research
  • A research proposal not to exceed three double-spaced pages. Applicants should include references to specific archival finding aids and catalog records of particular relevance to their proposed project whenever possible
  • A curriculum vitae of no longer than two pages
  • Two letters of support from academic or other scholars. References may be sent with the application or separately.

More information on Ingram Library and its holdings can be found online.

A residency of 5 days is recommended at a minimum.

Applications should be emailed to special@westga.edu, or sent via regular mail to the attention of the Ingo Swann Research Fellowship Committee at:

Ingram Library, Special Collections
Attn: Blynne Olivieri, Chair of Ingo Swann Research Fellowship Committee
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118-2000