Rules and Requirements for Fellowships

1. Citizenship. Folger fellowships in 2019-2020 are open to scholars of any nationality. 

2. Degrees and training. Applicants for semi-residential long-term fellowships should have the Ph.D. by the time they begin their residency. Most short-term fellowships require the Ph.D., but others do not. Archivists, creative artists, curators, filmmakers, librarians, performers, and playwrights should hold appropriate terminal degrees in their field. 

3. Deliberations. For semi-residential long-term fellowships, an external committee of scholars will review applications. Short-term fellowship awards are determined by a committee made up of members of the professional staff of the Folger and invited scholars. Membership on both committees changes each year. We seek to establish committees that reflect the disciplinary, geographic, gender, and status diversity of the applicant pool. All committee discussions are confidential. We do not share reviewers’ comments.

4. Exclusions. Folger staff, current consultants, and members of the Folger Shakespeare Library Board of Governors are not eligible to apply for Folger fellowships. Folger staff members should direct inquiries about research leave and professional opportunities to their supervisors and/or to Folger Human Resources.

5. Reapplication. Applicants who are unsuccessful in the semi-residential long-term fellowship competition may participate in the short-term fellowship competition. Applicants will need to go through the online application process again and should be prepared to revise their proposal narratives to fit the circumstances of a short-term residency.

6. Projects. The Folger will only award two fellowships per project. These may be two short-term fellowships or one short-term and one long-term fellowship. The Folger will not award two long-term fellowships for the same project. Each application process is separate and each competition stands on its own.