About the Fellowships Program

Leah Thomas
Program Assistant, Folger Institute
lthomas@folger.edu
(202) 675-0312

Folger Institute
institute@folger.edu

Change in the Fellowships Program

Fellowships have supported research and writing done at the Folger Shakespeare Library throughout the Folger's history. Due to a major building renovation project that began in 2020, the Folger Institute is now offering fellowships for research and writing away from the Folger during the construction period.

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All applications for 2022–2023 fellowships are due by 11:59pm ET on 18 January 2022. All applications must be submitted through the Folger’s online portal, which will open on 1 November 2021.


History of the Fellowships Program

The Institute has a long tradition of funding research fellowships at the Folger Shakespeare Library. The Folger, which opened in 1932, offered its first fellowships in 1935; the current, more extensive, and more senior fellowships initiative had its start in 1984. The Fellowships Program has grown through the continued generosity of organizations such as the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council on Learned Societies. Folger fellowships also draw from dedicated endowments built up over decades of support.

See a list of the current fellows for 2021–2022

Support the Fellowships Program by giving to the Folger

Working with the Folger Collection

The Folger’s extraordinary collections are essential to understanding the humanities and their continued resonance and importance in our world. The Fellowships Program puts fellows into direct and sustained engagement with our rare and historic art, books, costumes, manuscripts, periodicals, prints, and visual resources through increased digital access and partnerships with Folger librarians.  

Leah Thomas
Program Assistant, Folger Institute
lthomas@folger.edu
(202) 675-0312

Folger Institute
institute@folger.edu