Rules and Requirements for Fellowships

1. Citizenship. Folger fellowships are open to scholars of any nationality. Awards for long-term NEH fellowships are restricted to US citizens or foreign nationals who have been in the US for the three years preceding application.

2. Degrees and training.  Applicants for long-term fellowships should have the Ph.D. by the time they begin their residency. Some short-term fellowships require the Ph.D. and others do not.  Artists, archivists, curators, independent scholars, and librarians should hold appropriate terminal degrees in their field. 

3. Deliberations.  For long-term fellowships, an external committee of five scholars serves as a review committee. Short-term fellowship awards are determined by a committee made up of members of the professional staff of the Folger and one or two 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 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.