Ahmanson Undergraduate Research Scholarships

Up to ten undergraduate scholarships are offered every year to support undergraduate student research at the Clark Library. These are intended for UCLA upper-division students who enroll in a designated course (usually open to upper division students from any UCLA department). Program details, seminar descriptions and requirements, and application procedures are announced each year.

2019–20 Ahmanson Undergraduate Scholarship Seminar

The Wilde Archive
English 184, Spring 2020
Directed by Joseph Bristow, UCLA Department of English

Spring Quarter 2020, Wednesdays 1:00–3:50 p.m.
Held at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library (off campus)
The Clark Library is located 12 miles from campus in the West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles. For directions and additional information, please visit http://clarklibrary.ucla.edu/visit/

ENROLLMENT BY INSTRUCTOR CONSENT ONLY (see below for application instructions)

On successful completion, students receive a $1,000 scholarship, funded by the Ahmanson Foundation and administered through the Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies.

Overview of the topic

The Wilde Archive, the Ahmanson Undergraduate Scholarship Seminar for Spring 2020, will be directed by Professor Joseph Bristow, English, UCLA. Sessions will be held at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library on Wednesdays, from 1:00-3:50 p.m. Enrollment is limited to ten participants, and those who successfully complete course requirements will receive an award of $1,000. Scholarships are funded by the Ahmanson Foundation and administered through the Center for 17th– & 18th-Century Studies.

Using the extensive resources of the Oscar Wilde archive held at the Clark Library, this seminar focuses on different ways of researching topics relating to both the writer’s controversial life and his links with other artists and writers of the 1880s and 1890s. The seminar draws on published and unpublished materials to consider such issues and Wilde’s income, his successes on the London stage, the trials of 1895, his prison years, his links with publishers such as John Lane and Elkin Mathews, and his relations with painters and illustrators such as Aubrey Beardsley, Charles Ricketts, and James Whistler. This seminar will be of particular interest to undergraduates who wish to acquire advanced research skills in the humanities. Course requirements include two research papers.

How to Apply:

During the week of February 17, 2020, Joseph Bristow will conduct interviews with students who would like to enroll. Prospective students should submit the following documents to Professor Bristow:

  • a letter explaining their reasons for wanting to enroll in the course
  • a print-out of their DPR
  • a resume containing contact information.

The documents should be submitted to Professor Bristow in the UCLA English Department Main Office (149 Kaplan Hall) by Friday, February 7, 2020.


Enrollment in each Ahmanson Undergraduate Scholarship Seminar is limited to ten participants. Those who successfully complete the course requirements receive an award of $1,000.

Questions about the program:
Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies
310-206-8552
302 Royce Hall, UCLA