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Short-term Fellowships Application Guidelines

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The application deadline for ALL 2014-15 short-term Fellowships is 1 March 2014. This deadline applies to all components of the application, including the letters of support.


By early September 2013, we will have a new online application process. Until then, all online application links have been cut. Please DO NOT submit a hard copy application in the meantime. For those who intend to apply for a short-term Fellowship to be taken in the 2014-15 academic year, you may safely anticipate that the following components will still be required to be considered: a 250-word abstract,  a 1,000-word description of your research project, and 4-page curriculum vitae.  Applicants will have the opportunity to include a bibliography of primary sources to be consulted.  Three letters of support complete the application. The new online application process will require referees to submit their letters via the application portal.




The Renaissance Society of America/Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship. The Fellows will be awarded a two-month Fellowship to be taken at the Folger Shakespeare Library. The award carries a stipend of $5000. Applicants must hold the Ph.D. at the time of application and must be a member in good standing of RSA. Apply directly to RSA.


The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference/Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship. The Fellow will be awarded a two-month Fellowship to be taken at the Folger Shakespeare Library. The award carries a stipend of $5000. Applicants must hold the Ph.D. at the time of application and must be a member in good standing of SCSC. Applicants must submit a cover letter in the place of the Folger's own application form and all other components as specified above. Apply directly to SCSC. Attn: Donald J. Harreld, Exex. Dir., SCSC, Department of History, Brigham Young University--2145JFSB, Provo, UT 84660.


The American Historical Association/Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship. For research on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century western European history, the Fellow will be awarded a one-month Fellowship to be taken at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Applicants must hold the Ph.D. at the time of application and must be a member in good standing of the AHA. Apply directly to the Folger.




Of the endowments that support short-term Fellowships, the Folger has a number of endowments that are restricted by research topic or by region. Those endowments are described below:


The Matillda D. Mascioli Fellowship Fund: for scholars from Italy or conducting research on Shakespeare or early modern Italian literature, history, or culture.


The Bess and Philip Rosenblum Fellowship Fund: for scholars from Israel or the Middle East conducting research on Shakespeare and/or the early modern period. 


The Susan Snyder Memorial Fellowship Fund: for younger Shakespeare scholars.


The Myra and Charlton Hinman Fellowship Fund: for editorial and/ or bibliographic research.


Applicants need not name the Folger Fellowship for which they are applying as the committee will make these assignments.


Potential applicants are always encouraged to contact Fellowships Administrator Carol Brobeck with any questions about the process of applying for or holding a Fellowship. What follows is the kind of general information potential applicants receive in advance of making an application.


The Folger currently receives roughly 100 short-term Fellowship applications each year.


The proposed research should be relevant to Folger collections. Proposal narratives should indicate which Folger primary sources are critical to the proposed research.


Successful applicants generally secure letters of support from scholars who know their work, have read the proposal, and can speak to the importance of the proposed project as well as the applicant’s ability to bring the project to completion.


Applicants should not assume a greater likelihood of success in the competition by asking for fewer months than are needed.


Awardees are expected to be in continuous residence. Ideally, a Fellow will not need to break a 3-month fellowship in half. The unavailability of Folger housing does not serve as a reason for requesting a break in the Fellowship period.


The Folger understands the Fellowship year to begin 1 July 2014 and end 30 June 2015. To accommodate Fellows who wish to take three months in summer 2014, the Folger will allow the residency to begin in June.




Carol Brobeck

Fellowships Administrator


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