FELLOWSHIPS NEWS: FOLGER INSTITUTE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS FOR 2020-2021
The Folger Shakespeare Library is embarking on a major renovation project to commence in early 2020. While this work is underway, the Folger Institute is committed to continuing its support of collections-based research, and to providing scholars with the resources they need to pursue and advance their work. The renovation offers the Institute the opportunity to create new kinds of awards, to make fellowships more adaptable, and to forge new relationships with archives, collections, libraries, and museums around the world. In 2020-2021, Folger research fellowships will place value on many different forms of scholarly enterprise and places to pursue it.
The Folger Institute will offer research fellowships, in the amount of $3,500, to support four continuous weeks of research and writing away from the Folger.
The deadline for applications is January 1, 2020 for fellowships to be undertaken any time from July 2020 through May 2021.
In their applications, scholars should make a strong case for their proposed topic’s importance, its relevance to a field of study broadly supported by the Folger Library’s collections and programs, and the originality and sophistication of its approach. They should also describe the proposed location(s) of their work – either at home or abroad – with a justification of why and how this agenda will advance their project.
Folger Endowments and Funding Partnerships
Folger research fellowships are supported by dedicated endowments, representing individual and foundation support developed over many decades. With these funds, the Folger Institute will continue our commitment to supporting scholarly work during the building renovation. The Folger Institute is joined in supporting our 2020-2021 Research Fellowships by our Funding Partners.
These research fellowships may be taken up at any archive or library of the applicant’s choosing. The Folger has also arranged for a select number of archives, collections, libraries, and museums, without research fellowship endowments of their own, to host Folger fellows at their institutions. This arrangement allows for the potential host institution to participate in the review process, so each of these awards comes with an assurance of availability of collections items, space to work, and a contact person for reference consultations. These hosting partners hold rare materials which dovetail or complement the Folger’s own resources, allowing scholars to continue work on topics normally supported by the Folger collections.