2019-2020 ONLY: SEMI-RESIDENTIAL FELLOWSHIPS
The Folger Institute awards approximately seven long-term and forty-five short-term fellowships each year. Our fellowships are supported by endowments from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. We host fellowships with our partner organizations, which include the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the North American Conference on British Studies, the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, the Renaissance Society of America, the Shakespeare Association of America, the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. The Fellowships Program is especially grateful to the Folger’s many generous individual supporters, who have created lasting legacies via our named endowments.
Please see our Supporters and Partners page for information about our fellowships, our named endowments, and our eligibility guidelines.
Short-term Fellowships in 2019-2020
Short-term fellowships support scholars in residence for one to three months with a monthly stipend of $2,500. Scholars must hold a terminal degree in their field in order to be eligible for a short-term fellowship. To evaluate our applications each year, the Fellowships Program assembles external and internal committees of respected scholars, aiming for disciplinary, methodological, and geographical diversity. Committee membership changes annually. The committee is charged with evaluating applications based on the proposed topic’s impact, its relevance to the field, the originality and sophistication of the scholar’s approach, the feasibility of the scholar’s research objectives, and their expected use of Folger collections. Particular weight is accorded to the scholar’s stated plan of work, and how their efforts will be concentrated in the Folger’s collections. 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 may supplement committee recommendations.
The Folger has now opened its short-term fellowships to members of the performing arts community, as well as scholars working at archives, museums, and libraries. We welcome applications from archivists, creative artists, curators, filmmakers, librarians, performers, and playwrights whose research will benefit from focused engagement with the Folger collections.
The next deadline for applications is March 1, 2019, for a period of residence from June 2019 through December 2019. The short-term fellowship application portal will open in the fall of 2018.
Rules and Requirements for Fellowships
1. Citizenship. Folger fellowships in 2019-2020 are open to scholars of any nationality.
2. Degrees and training. Applicants for semi-residential long-term fellowships should have the Ph.D. by the time they begin their residency. Most short-term fellowships require the Ph.D., but others do not. Archivists, creative artists, curators, filmmakers, librarians, performers, and playwrights should hold appropriate terminal degrees in their field.
3. Deliberations. For semi-residential long-term fellowships, an external committee of scholars will review applications. Short-term fellowship awards are determined by a committee made up of members of the professional staff of the Folger and invited scholars. Membership on both 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.
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. Reapplication. Applicants who are unsuccessful in the semi-residential long-term fellowship competition may participate in the short-term fellowship competition. Applicants will need to go through the online application process again and should be prepared to revise their proposal narratives to fit the circumstances of a short-term residency.
6. Projects. The Folger will only award two fellowships per project. These may be two short-term fellowships or one short-term and one long-term fellowship. The Folger will not award two long-term fellowships for the same project. Each application process is separate and each competition stands on its own.
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