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Folger Institute Consortium

The Folger Undergraduate Research Seminars

Folger Institute Consortium schools


The Folger Undergraduate Program offers two seminars, one in coordination with The George Washington University during the fall semester, and one in coordination with Georgetown University during the spring semester. There are a limited number of seats available by application to students who will be enrolled as juniors or seniors at a school that is a current member of the Folger Institute consortium. (For a full list of Institute schools, please see their web page.) This is a single, semester-long course, and not a replacement for a semester's entire course load; it is the responsibility of a student's home institution to arrange for additional coursework, accommodations, and necessary travel should the student be admitted to the seminar. Students need not come from schools in the Washington DC metropolitan area, but they will need to make regular use of the Library's collections outside of normal class hours.


Students admitted to a seminar will be registered as Readers for twelve months; after that point they may apply to have their Card renewed (for more information on Readers privileges for program participants, see here).




A $2700 tuition fee will be charged directly to schools for each student enrolled in a Folger Undergraduate Seminar; the fee will be payable in full prior to the start of the seminar. This fee will be waived for students from schools that are also members of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Those students will be able to register for the course through the Consortium processes already in place once they have been accepted into the seminar; please see your school registrar for more information on the registration process.


Application process


The Folger-GW seminar is offered each fall on Friday mornings (9:30 to 12:00), and follows the academic calendar of The George Washington University. Application to the seminar is made the previous spring. Applications for students interested in the Fall 2013 seminar are being read on a rolling basis, with best consideration given to those received by April 30, 2013.


The Folger-Georgetown seminar is offered each spring on Friday afternoons (12:30 to 3:00), and follows the academic calendar of Georgetown University. Application to the seminar is made the previous fall. Applications for the Spring 2014 seminar will be due on October 31st, 2013.


Students considering applying to either seminar are encouraged to notify the Program Director, Dr Sarah Werner, at swerner@folger.edu before submitting their application.


All applicants are required to complete the following:

  • signed application form (download here);
  • 800-word essay describing why you are interested in taking this course and identifying any previous experience in early modern studies or book history;
  • current transcript;
  • and one letter of recommendation from a faculty member at your school who is familiar with your academic work; please provide your letter writer with this recommendation form (download here). You may submit a second letter with your application; doing so may help your application be more competitive.

Please note that the application essay should reflect your scholarly reasons for your interest in this course. Although you need not have had extensive experience studying the early modern period (defined for these purposes as roughly 1400 to 1700), you should have some familiarity with its history or literature; survey courses which devote a section to the early modern period could be sufficient. The application essay is where you can make the argument that you are prepared for this course. If you have concerns about the suitability of this course for your program of study, please see your major advisor and contact the Program Director, Dr Sarah Werner, at swerner@folger.edu. Questions about what the Folger's collections might offer for your research interests can be directed to the Folger's Reference Librarian, Georgianna Ziegler, at reference@folger.edu; please indicate in the subject line that your inquiry is related to the undergraduate research seminar.


The application form, essay, and transcript should be emailed Dr Werner at swerner@folger.edu; letter(s) of recommendation should be sent directly by the letter writers according to the information provided on the recommendation form.

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Application form

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