Rules and Requirements for Fellowships

All applications for 20222023 fellowships are due by 11:59pm ET on 18 January 2022. All applications must be submitted through the Folger's online portalFellowships may be undertaken between July 2022 and June 2023.

  1. Nationality. Folger fellowships in 2022–2023 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). We also welcome applications from librarians and curators, who should hold a terminal degree in their field. Applicants for the Artist Research Fellowship should describe their training and level of industry-specific experience in their CV. Creative applicants should review further guidelines for the Artist Research Fellowship.
  3. Deliberations. Fellowship awards are determined by a committee made up of invited specialists 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 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. With the exception of ABD scholars applying exclusively for the partnered Omohundro Institute fellowship, 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 2022–2023.

    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, including proof of vaccination for site visits during your fellowship. 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. Fellows will be expected to sign a waiver of liability for the Folger.

    Beginning 8 November 2021, all J-1 exchange visitor applicants (age 18 or older at the time of travel) will be required to show proof of vaccination prior to arrival in the United States, subject to limited exceptions.1  This global vaccine requirement coincides with the rescission of the travel restrictions established under Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 10143, and 10199, related to the suspension of entry into the United States of persons physically present in Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, and the United Kingdom

    Frequently Asked Questions

    More information about the global vaccination requirement

    Qualifying COVID-19 vaccinations, as well as details on exceptions and on applying for humanitarian waivers to this requirement, can be found on the CDC website.

    Exceptions for J-1 exchange visitors include: 
    - J-1 exchange visitors under the age of 18   
    - J-2 dependents under the age of 18 
    - Persons with valid J-1 visas who are citizens of a foreign country with limited COVID-19 vaccine availability 
  8. Professional Ethics. All Folger fellows are required to abide by the Folger Institute’s Code of Professional Conduct.