George C. Gordon Library

The Robert Fellman Memorial Scholarship Prize is awarded to a WPI undergraduate student for the best essay written about the life or work of the author Charles Dickens. The scholarship was established in the memory of the noted Dickensian Robert Fellman, who bequeathed his Charles Dickens collection to WPI in 1995. The collection includes many volumes of Dickens's writings (including rare first editions of his major works); unique manuscripts and autograph letters; Dickens-related periodicals; letters, biographies, and illustrations; and many volumes of reference works, criticism and commentary on the novel, Dickens's England, the Victorian period, and related English authors.

The essay must focus on some aspect of Charles Dickens’s life or work. The essay should be three to eight pages (750-2000 words) in length, double spaced.

The prize is $100. The winner will be announced in early February 2020, at the time of Dickens’s birthday. The winner will be invited to present the essay at the February 2018 meeting of the Worcester chapter of the Charles Dickens Fellowship. The submission deadline is 16 December 2019. Participants should attach an electronic copy of the essay to email addressed to with the subject heading “Fellman Prize submission.” For more information, contact the WPI Archives at 508-831-6112.