Application Instructions

The online application portal for fellowships is now open. Before beginning your application, please read the FAQs.

Long-Term Fellowships

To apply for a long-term fellowship, please submit the following:

  1. 250-word abstract of your project.
  2. 1,500-word description of your project, placing particular emphasis upon the proposed topic’s importance, its relevance to the field, and the originality and sophistication of your approach.
  3. Two-page CV.
  4. One-to-two page list of primary sources, rare materials, or digital assets you wish to consult at the Folger Library.  This list will be used to help determine the viability of your project in view of the Folger’s collections.
  5. Two letters of recommendation.

All applications must be made through our online application portal.  A completed application includes two letters of support from fellow scholars, whom you will have identified in the portal. Your recommenders will be contacted directly via the online portal and will be given guidance on how to upload their letters. It is helpful to start your online application early. You can revise your application at any point in the process right up to the deadline. You must hit the “submit” button for your application to be complete. Please consult the Supporters and Partners page for further information. 

The Folger Shakespeare Library believes that each individual has the right to work in a professional, supportive, and safe atmosphere, and in our fellowships program we do not discriminate on the basis of age; color; creed; citizenship status; disability status; ethnicity; family responsibilities; gender identity or expression; genetic information; gender non-conformity; marital status; national origin; neurodiversity status; physical or cognitive functionality, symptoms, or limitations; political affiliation; pregnancy; race; religion; sex; sex stereotyping; sexual or asexual orientation; student status; transgender status; or veteran status.

Short-Term Fellowships

To apply for a short-term fellowship, please submit the following:

  1. 250-word abstract of your project.
  2. 1,000-word description of your project, placing particular emphasis upon the ways that you intend to work with the Folger’s collections.
  3. Two-page CV.
  4. One-to-two page list of primary sources, rare materials, or digital assets you wish to consult at the Folger Library.  This list will be used to help determine the viability of your project in view of the availability, condition, and conservation or exhibition status of the Folger’s collections.  As you prepare your application, it might be helpful to contact a Folger curator to discuss your project and the Folger’s holdings.
  5. Two letters of recommendation.

All applications must be made through our online application portal.  A completed application includes two letters of support from fellow scholars, whom you will have identified in the portal. Your recommenders will be contacted directly via the online portal and will be given guidance on how to upload their letters. It is helpful to start your online application early. You can revise your application at any point in the process right up to the deadline. Please consult the Supporters and Partners page for further information. 

The Folger Shakespeare Library believes that each individual has the right to work in a professional, supportive, and safe atmosphere, and in our fellowships program we do not discriminate on the basis of age; color; creed; citizenship status; disability status; ethnicity; family responsibilities; gender identity or expression; genetic information; gender non-conformity; marital status; national origin; neurodiversity status; physical or cognitive functionality, symptoms, or limitations; political affiliation; pregnancy; race; religion; sex; sex stereotyping; sexual or asexual orientation; student status; transgender status; or veteran status.