Wimbledon Launches Alan Little Bursary for Research into Tennis History

Alan Little being appointed MBE by the Duke of Cambridge in 2014. CREDIT: PA

The All England Lawn Tennis Club is pleased to announce the launch of the Alan Little Bursary for research into tennis history. Alan Little (1927–2017) served as Honorary Librarian at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum for more than 40 years and deicated his life to researching tennis history. Thanks to him, we know so much more about the history of the sport, and Wimbledon in particular, than we otherwise would. It is therefore entirely fitting that we honour his legacy by introducing this bursary in his name.

We are asking anyone wishing to apply for the Bursary to submit a proposal of around 1,000 words outlining the nature of their research, the value it will provide to the tennis history community, and how the bursary will help them to complete the project. The Bursary can be used to start a new project or complete an existing one, however we do ask that the project should be completed within one year.

The value of the Bursary is £3,500 and the money should be used to cover expenses involved in research, including visits to the Kenneth Ritchie Wimbledon Library. The project should be completed within one year, at the end of which the completed research of 8,000-10,000 words should be lodged with the Library.

The closing date for applications is 29 February 2020. Entries will be judged by a panel consisting of All England Lawn Tennis Club and external representatives, and our decision will be announced in March or April 2020.

People considering applying for the bursary should contact AELTC Librarian, Robert McNicol (rmcn@aeltc.com).

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