The Folger’s extraordinary collections are essential to understanding the early modern period and its continued resonance in our world. The fellowships program brings our collections immediately to life, by putting scholars and practitioners with compelling research questions into direct and sustained engagement with the books, manuscripts, art—and each other. Folger fellows create a high-powered community of early modernists unavailable in most university departments, enriching the exchange of views among scholars from different fields but with cognate interests.
Through our Works-in-Progress lunch-time presentation series, interaction with scholarly programs, consultation on exhibitions and public performances, and many social gatherings, fellows have multiple opportunities to test ideas, weigh arguments, and stimulate fresh approaches to early modern humanities.
Through two annual competitions, we award long-term fellowships for residencies of six to nine months and short-term fellowships for residencies of one to three months.
Many supporters make these fellowship opportunities possible, and we are grateful.