Rules and Requirements for Fellowships

  1. Nationality. Folger fellowships in 2021-2022 are open to scholars of any nationality. The Folger is eligible to sponsor international scholars  under the J-1 visa.
  2. Degrees and Training. Applicants for Folger Fellowships should hold the Ph.D. by the time they begin their residency (with the exception of our funding partnership with the Omohundro Institute, which is open to scholars who are ABD). Archivists, creative artists, curators, dramaturgs, filmmakers, librarians, performers, and playwrights should hold an appropriate terminal degree in their field. 
  3. Deliberations. Fellowship awards are determined by a committee made up of invited scholars and the professional staff of the Folger. Membership on the Folger fellowship selection 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. The Folger Institute’s Associate Director for Fellowships, Dr. Amanda Herbert, chairs the committee meeting and reviews the committee’s recommendations with the Executive Director, Dr. Kathleen Lynch, in light of the Folger’s standards of professional ethics, priorities, and policies about conflicts of interest (all of which are described to the committee members in advance). At its discretion, the Folger Institute may supplement committee recommendations.
  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. Projects. The Folger will only award two fellowships per research project. Each application process is separate and each competition stands on its own.
  6. Endowments and Funding Partners. Applicants do not need to specify a named endowment or funding source in their proposals. Applicants will be considered for all fellowships for which they are eligible.
  7. Travel. Travel to work in archives, libraries, or museums is not a requirement of fellowship support and will not be the basis of an award for 2021-22. For those who subsequently decide to travel, we expect that you will inform yourself about, and follow, the most up-to-date public health guidelines in both your place of origin and your destination. All fellows are required to check with relevant research institutions in advance to make sure that they are open to scholars whose work is supported by outside funding (i.e. a fellowship from the Folger). Folger fellows are also expected to adhere to the public health and safety requirements of any institutions they visit during their fellowship.
  8. Professional Ethics. All Folger fellows are required to abide by the Folger Institute’s Code of Professional Conduct.