The Folger Institute
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Fellowships Manager
Carol Brobeck
(202) 675-0348

Each year, the Folger Institute awards long- and short-term residential fellowships in two separate competitions. We welcome applications from scholars holding the PhD, as well as inquiries and applications from creative artists. A funded fellowship will provide sustained time in the Folger collections to read, write, and share ideas in our vibrant intellectual community.

The list of current fellows in residence shows the range of topics scholars can explore in the Folger collections and demonstrates that ours is a truly international program. You can find more lists of past fellows on Folgerpedia.

Long-term fellowships

Long-term fellowships offer scholars precious time to think, read, and write. Long-term fellowships are supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a gift from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Folger’s own endowments. The stipend for long-term fellowships is $50,000 for a nine-month stay (prorated for fewer months). The next deadline for long-term fellowships will be November 1, 2015 for fellowships to be taken in 2016–2017. 

Short-term fellowships

Short-term fellowships offer compressed research time that fits the schedules of scholars who can be away from home or their home institutions for one to three months. The stipend for short-term fellowships is $2,500 per month. The next deadline for short-term fellowships will be March 1, 2016 for fellowships to be taken in 2016–2017.

How to apply

Our instructions on how to apply for a fellowship will guide you through the application process and let you know if there are restricted funds for which you may be a good candidate. If you have questions, our FAQs will help you craft your best proposal.