The Folger Institute is a dedicated center for collections-focused research and advanced study in the humanities at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Through its multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural programs and research fellowships, the Institute establishes scholarly communities, fresh research approaches, and new teaching agendas for early modern fields. Explore our current programs, available fellowships, and undergraduate opportunities to see what we have to offer you.
Research & Scholars
The rare materials held at the Folger are meant to be actively used; Henry Folger once called the collection “a fine kit of tools for scholars.” Today, the Folger Shakespeare Library continues to make its books, manuscripts, and artworks as accessible as possible within the limits set by their rarity and, in many cases, fragility. The Reading Rooms themselves are open to scholars and other qualified researchers, known as readers at the Folger.
Please note that the final day for research in our Reading Rooms before the Folger's building renovation project begins is Sat, Jan 4, 2020.
Each year, the Folger Institute awards a number of research fellowships in one annual competition. We welcome applications from scholars holding the PhD, as well as inquiries and applications from curators, librarians, archivists, and creative artists. A funded fellowship will provide sustained time to read, write, and share ideas.
Folger Institute scholarly programs gather advanced scholars—from early stage graduate students to faculty—to work together around specific topics relating to the history and literature of early modern Europe and the British Isles. Program formats include weekend seminars and symposia, weeklong skills courses, and yearlong monthly colloquia, among others. Participant funding is available to support travel and lodging.
The Mellon Initiative in Collaborative Research is designed to re-invigorate deeply rooted forms of humanistic inquiry. With a $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Folger Institute sponsors a new model of collaborative research at the Folger. The inaugural project is Before 'Farm to Table': Early Modern Foodways and Cultures.