The Strong® Announces Play Research Fellowships

The Strong News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

June 11, 2012

For Immediate Release

Contact: Susan Trien, 585-410-6359,
Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

The Strong® Announces Research Fellowships
to Advance Play Scholarship

ROCHESTER, New York—The Strong is pleased to announce The Strong Research Fellowships to provide financial support for scholarly play research in The Strong’s incomparable collections of toys, games, board games, electronic games, and a wide breadth of play-related records and historical archives that document the importance of play in people’s lives.           

The Strong invites applications from academic professionals, independent scholars, museum scholars, and advanced graduate students at the Masters or PhD level living outside a 50-mile radius of The Strong. Fellowships are awarded three times a year and granted for periods ranging from one week to three months in the following amounts: a $400 stipend per week for a maximum of three weeks and a $1,500 stipend per month for a maximum of three months.   

Says Chris Bensch, vice president for collections at The Strong, “We are inaugurating The Strong Research Fellowships to promote and advance play scholarship and a greater understanding of the important role of play in people’s lives. We anticipate that the research and writing of fellowship recipients will not only promote additional understanding of the importance of play in human development but also call additional attention to the tremendous play research collections held by The Strong and its role as the only collections-based institution dedicated to preserving and studying the history of play and and the ways in which it encourages learning, creativity, and discovery and illuminates cultural history.”

Eligible research projects must benefit from access to collections held by The Strong, including:

    Publications and other materials in the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play®. In addition to housing the personal library and papers of eminent play scholar Brian Sutton-Smith, the 130,000 volume research library and archives holds a full spectrum of primary and secondary resources including scholarly works, popular and children’s books, professional journals, other periodicals, trade catalogs, comics, manuscripts, game design materials, personal papers, and business records.

    Artifacts from the collections of the National Museum of Play®, home to hundreds of            thousands of historical objects related to play, including the world’s most comprehensive collections of dolls, toys, and games.

•   Artifacts and related resources from the collections of the International Center for the History of Electronic Game® (ICHEG), which collects, studies, and interprets video games and other electronic games and related materials and the ways in which electronic games are changing how people play, learn, and connect with each other, including across boundaries of geography and culture. ICHEG’s holdings include more than 37,000 video games, other electronic games, game platforms, and related artifacts and a growing array of library and archival material.

Among amenities available to recipients of research fellowships are library access from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; supervised access to the National Museum of Play and ICHEG collections; a dedicated library carrel; wireless Internet access and phone; free digital images with a personal camera for individual reference use only; and access to a community of scholars and curators with a shared interest.

Applications for grants covering October–December must be received by August 15; applications for grants covering January–June must be received by November 15; applications for grants covering July–September must be received by May 30.

Applications must be submitted electronically to

The Strong Research Fellowships are administered through the Brian Sutton Smith Library and Archives of Play. For a complete list of application and fellowship award requirements, visit