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Research Fellowships


We've moved, please look for 2014-15 fellowship information here.


The Folger Shakespeare Library offers residential research Fellowships to encourage use of its exceptional collections and to encourage ongoing cross-disciplinary dialogue among scholars of the early modern period. Each year scholars may compete for a limited number of Long-term and Short-term Fellowships.  Awardees are expected to be in continuous residence and to participate in the intellectual life of the Folger.


Fellowship News: the Folger is delighted to offer three new collaborative Fellowships with the Renaissance Society of America, the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, and with the  American Historical Association.  For more information, follow the link below to Short-term Fellowship Application Guidelines.


Long-term Fellowships

Long-term Fellowships are supported by the funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Folger. We seek highly talented, productive scholars whose work will be significantly advanced by a prolonged period of access to the collection. Long-term Fellows are selected by an external committee which considers the following criteria in making its selections: importance of the topic, originality and sophistication of the approach; feasibility of research objectives, and the applicant’s need for the Folger collections.


Application Deadline: 1 November 2013

Number of Fellowships awarded: up to five

Period of residence: six to nine months

Stipend: up to $50,000 for nine months, prorated for fewer than nine

Must hold Ph.D. or equivalent at time of application

NEH Fellowships are restricted to US citizens or foreign nationals who have been living in the US for at least three years prior to application; Mellon and Folger Fellowships are open to citizens of any country. The Folger Fellowship will be awarded to a younger scholar.

Long-term Fellowships Application Guidelines 


Short-term Fellowships

Short-term Fellowships are supported by the Library’s own endowments and carry a stipend of $2,500 per month. Some Fellowship endowments seek to support scholars working on a specific topic or from a specific region, while others are unrestricted. See the list of specialized endowments on the Short-term Fellowships Application Guidelines page. Short-term Fellows are selected by an internal committee and one external scholar. The criteria for success are the same as for long-term Fellowships.


Application Deadline: 1 March 2014

Number of Fellowships awarded: 35-40

Period of Residence: one to three months

Stipend: $2,500 per month

Must hold Ph.D. or equivalent at time of application




*The Folger joins the American Council of Learned Societies in support of fellowships for recently tenured faculty in the humanities. Applicants must apply directly to the ACLS (see link at right) for a Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship, which carries a stipend of $75,000.



Carol Brobeck, Fellowships Administrator


Church of England. Catechismus parvus pueris. London, 1573.

Additional Information

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

American Council of Learned Societies

National Endowment for the Humanities


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