About Fellowships

2019-2020 ONLY: SEMI-RESIDENTIAL LONG-TERM FELLOWSHIPS

The Folger Institute awards approximately seven long-term and forty-five short-term fellowships each year. Our fellowships are supported by endowments from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. We host fellowships with our partner organizations, which include the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the North American Conference on British Studies, the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, the Renaissance Society of America, the Shakespeare Association of America, the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. The Fellowships Program is especially grateful to the Folger’s many generous individual supporters, who have created lasting legacies via our named endowments.

Please see our Supporters and Partners page for information about our fellowships, our named endowments, and our eligibility guidelines.

Annual Competitions

Semi-residential Long-term Fellowships in 2019-2020

For the 2019-2020 fellowship year, the Folger will offer semi-residential long-term fellowships. These awards are available exclusively in this academic year and will allow for one semester of residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library and one semester of residence wherever the fellow might choose: at their home institution, or another archive, institute, library, museum, or research center, anywhere in the world. The fellowship will support scholars with a monthly stipend of $5,555.55 for up to $50,000. Scholars who are awarded this special fellowship are expected to spend a minimum of four months in residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. Scholars must hold a terminal degree in their field in order to be eligible for a long-term fellowship. To evaluate these applications, the Fellowships Program assembles an external committee of respected scholars, aiming for disciplinary, methodological, and geographical diversity. Committee membership changes annually. The committee is charged with evaluating applications based on the proposed topic’s impact, its relevance to the field, the originality and sophistication of the scholar’s approach, the feasibility of the scholar’s research objectives, and their expected use of Folger collections. Particular weight is accorded to the project’s impact, relevance, and approach. The Folger Institute’s Associate Director for Fellowships, Dr. Amanda Herbert, chairs the committee meeting and reviews the committee’s recommendations with the Executive Director, Dr. Kathleen Lynch, in light of the Folger’s standards of professional ethics, priorities, and policies about conflicts of interest (all of which are described to the committee members in advance).  

The next deadline for applications is November 1, 2018, for a period of residence from June 2019 through December 2019. The long-term fellowship application portal will open on September 1, 2018.

Before beginning your application, please be sure to review the Rules and Requirements for the Folger Institute Fellowships Program. You can also consult the FAQs for further information.

Short-term Fellowships in 2019-2020

Short-term fellowships support scholars in residence for one to three months with a monthly stipend of $2,500. Scholars must hold a terminal degree in their field in order to be eligible for a short-term fellowship. To evaluate our applications each year, the Fellowships Program assembles external and internal committees of respected scholars, aiming for disciplinary, methodological, and geographical diversity. Committee membership changes annually. The committee is charged with evaluating applications based on the proposed topic’s impact, its relevance to the field, the originality and sophistication of the scholar’s approach, the feasibility of the scholar’s research objectives, and their expected use of Folger collections. Particular weight is accorded to the scholar’s stated plan of work, and how their efforts will be concentrated in the Folger’s collections. The Folger Institute’s Associate Director for Fellowships, Dr. Amanda Herbert, chairs the committee meeting and reviews the committee’s recommendations with the Executive Director, Dr. Kathleen Lynch, in light of the Folger’s standards of professional ethics, priorities, and policies about conflicts of interest (all of which are described to the committee members in advance). At its discretion, the Folger may supplement committee recommendations.

The Folger has now opened its short-term fellowships to members of the performing arts community, as well as scholars working at archives, museums, and libraries. We welcome applications from archivists, creative artists, curators, filmmakers, librarians, performers, and playwrights whose research will benefit from focused engagement with the Folger collections. 

The next deadline for applications is March 1, 2019, for a period of residence from June 2019 through December 2019. The short-term fellowship application portal will open in the fall of 2018.

Before beginning your application, please be sure to review the Rules and Requirements for the Folger Institute Fellowships Program. You can also consult the FAQs for further information.