Fellowships

The Folger Institute
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003-1094

institute@folger.edu
(202) 675-0312
(202) 675-0378 (fax)

Executive Director
Kathleen Lynch
klynch@folger.edu
(202) 675-0346

Assistant Director for Fellowships
Amanda Herbert
aherbert@folger.edu
(202) 675-0348

Program Assistant
Meredith Deeley
mdeeley@folger.edu
(202) 675-0312

The Folger’s extraordinary collections are essential to understanding the humanities and their continued resonance and importance in our world.  The fellowships program brings our rare and historic art, books, costumes, manuscripts, periodicals, prints, and visual resources immediately to life by putting scholars, artists, performers, and practitioners into direct and sustained engagement with the collections, with our many innovative digital resources, and with one another.  Folger fellows join together to create a high-powered, multidisciplinary community of scholars, who come from different fields but who share cognate interests in literature and history, art and performance, philosophy, religion, and politics.  Scholarly discovery is a hallmark of the Folger Institute Fellowships Program.  Our fellows are given the time and resources to bring their research projects to fruition.  And they do so in the company of other scholars who are also engaged in testing ideas, weighing arguments, and stimulating fresh approaches to research, performance, and writing. 

The Folger Institute also fosters community and cooperation through its formal Scholarly Programs, including colloquia, conferences, skills courses, seminars, symposia, and workshops.

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. 

Our application guidelines explain how to submit a complete application through our online application portal.

Potential applicants should read our FAQs before submitting an application.

Our fellowships support a range of projects; anyone who holds a terminal degree in their field is eligible to apply for a fellowship; we welcome applications from contingent faculty, archivists and curators, independent scholars, librarians, and artists.  Please see our list of current fellows for a description of the multidisciplinary projects currently in-process at the Folger. 

Many supporters and partners make these fellowship opportunities possible, and we are grateful for their commitment to fostering scholarship and the humanities at the Folger.

The Folger Institute
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003-1094

institute@folger.edu
(202) 675-0312
(202) 675-0378 (fax)

Executive Director
Kathleen Lynch
klynch@folger.edu
(202) 675-0346

Assistant Director for Fellowships
Amanda Herbert
aherbert@folger.edu
(202) 675-0348

Program Assistant
Meredith Deeley
mdeeley@folger.edu
(202) 675-0312