Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas will offer from two to five nine-month fellowships for the academic year 2010-11 to published writers and public intellectuals. Fellowships will be awarded to candidates whose work ranges away from the American experience and into international terrain, and who have an ongoing project that would benefit from a period of sustained immersion.

Fellows receive $50,000, a computer-equipped office, and access to UNLV’s Lied Library. They are required to participate in a public forum and take part in Black Mountain Institute’s programs.

RPCV Richard Wiley (Korea 1967-69) is the Associate Director.  Wiley is author of the novels Soldiers In Hiding (winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for best American fiction and reissued in 2007 by Hawthorne Books), Fools’ Gold, Festival for Three Thousand Maidens, Indigo, and Ahmed’s Revenge. His most recent novel, Commodore Perry’s Minstrel Show, was published by the new Michener Series at the University of Texas Press in 2007. Wiley has been a member of the UNLV English Department faculty since 1989.

Current and past fellows (2007-2010) include two RPCV writers: Tom Bissell (Uzbekistan 1996-97) and Robert Rosenberg (Kyrgyzstan 1994-96).

More information can be found at http://blackmountaininstitute.org/programs/fellows.php. Applications will be available from the site on October 1, 2009 and must be postmarked by February 1, 2010.