Application Instructions

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.

Long-term Fellowships for 2019-2020

For the 2019-2020 fellowship year, the Folger is offering only semi-residential fellowships, which allow for one semester of residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library, and one semester of residence wherever the fellow might choose.  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, from June through December 2019.  To apply for a semi-residential long-term fellowship, please submit the following:

  1. 250-word abstract of your project.
  2. 1,500-word description of your project, placing particular emphasis upon the proposed topic’s importance, its relevance to the field, and the originality and sophistication of your approach. You must include a statement about the proposed location(s) of your research, with a justification of why and how these sites will be useful to your research, thinking, and/or writing process.
  3. Two-page CV.
  4. One-to-two page list of primary sources, rare materials, or digital assets you wish to consult during the on-site portion of your fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library.  This list will be used to help determine the viability of your project in view of the availability, condition, and conservation or exhibition status of the Folger’s collections.
  5. Two letters of recommendation.

All applications must be made through our online application portal.  A completed application includes two letters of support from fellow scholars, whom you will have identified in the portal. Your recommenders will be contacted directly via the online portal and will be given guidance on how to upload their letters. It is helpful to start your online application early. You can revise your application at any point in the process right up to the deadline. You must hit the “submit” button for your application to be complete.

The Folger Shakespeare Library believes that each individual has the right to work in a professional, supportive, and safe atmosphere, and in our fellowships program we do not discriminate on the basis of age; color; creed; citizenship status; disability status; ethnicity; family responsibilities; gender identity or expression; genetic information; gender non-conformity; marital status; national origin; neurodiversity status; physical or cognitive functionality, symptoms, or limitations; political affiliation; pregnancy; race; religion; sex; sex stereotyping; sexual or asexual orientation; student status; transgender status; or veteran status.

Short-term Fellowships for 2019-2020

For the 2019-2020 fellowship year, the Folger will support short-term residencies from June through December 2019. To apply for a short-term fellowship, please submit the following:

  1. 250-word abstract of your project.
  2. 1,000-word description of your project, placing particular emphasis upon the ways that you intend to work with the Folger’s collections.
  3. Two-page CV.
  4. One-to-two page list of primary sources, rare materials, or digital assets you wish to consult at the Folger Library.  This list will be used to help determine the viability of your project in view of the availability, condition, and conservation or exhibition status of the Folger’s collections. 
  5. Two letters of recommendation.

All applications must be made through our online application portal.  A completed application includes two letters of support from fellow scholars, whom you will have identified in the portal. Your recommenders will be contacted directly via the online portal and will be given guidance on how to upload their letters. It is helpful to start your online application early. You can revise your application at any point in the process right up to the deadline.  You must hit the “submit” button for your application to be complete.

The Folger Shakespeare Library believes that each individual has the right to work in a professional, supportive, and safe atmosphere, and in our fellowships program we do not discriminate on the basis of age; color; creed; citizenship status; disability status; ethnicity; family responsibilities; gender identity or expression; genetic information; gender non-conformity; marital status; national origin; neurodiversity status; physical or cognitive functionality, symptoms, or limitations; political affiliation; pregnancy; race; religion; sex; sex stereotyping; sexual or asexual orientation; student status; transgender status; or veteran status.