Houghton Library Short-Term Visiting Fellowships 2017/18, USA

Publish Date: Dec 07, 2016

Deadline: Jan 13, 2017


The collections of Houghton Library touch upon almost every aspect of the human record, particularly the history and culture of Europe and North America, and include special concentrations in the history of printing and of theater. Materials held here range from medieval manuscripts and early printed books to the working papers of living writers. Fellows will also have access to collections in Widener Library as well as to other libraries at the University. Preference is given to scholars whose research is closely based on materials in Houghton collections, especially when those materials are unique; fellowships are normally not granted to scholars who live within commuting distance of the library. Each fellow is expected to be in residence at Houghton for at least four weeks during the period from July 2017 through June 2018 (these do not have to be consecutive weeks), and each fellow will be expected to produce a written summary of his/her experience working with the collections. The stipend for each fellowship is $3,600.

Fellowships to be Awarded in 2017-2018

Please note:  Other than the Pantzer Fellowship, applicants need not apply for specific fellowships, as the Selection Committee would determine which fellowship is best suited to your research, if awarded a fellowship.

  • Beatrice, Benjamin, and Richard Bader Fellowship in the Visual Arts of the Theatre 
  • W. Jackson Bate/ Douglas W. Bryant, American Society for Eighteenth‑Century Studies 
    Successful applicants must either be an ASECS member in good standing or be willing to become a member in order to receive this fellowship.
  • José María Castañé Fellowship in 20th-century History
  • William Dearborn Fellowship in American History
  • Rodney G. Dennis Fellowship in the Study of Manuscripts
  • The Ralph Waldo Emerson Fellowship
  • Eleanor M. Garvey Fellowship in Printing and Graphic Arts
  • Houghton Mifflin Fellowship in Publishing History
  • Donald and Mary Hyde Fellowship for the Study of Dr. Samuel Johnson and his Circle
  • Joan Nordell Fellowship
  • Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography
    This fellowship is available to assist scholarly research in descriptive bibliography at Houghton Library and carries a stipend of $3,600 per month, up to twelve months (maximum $43,200).  Fellows are expected to be in residence at Houghton Library for the duration of the fellowship.
  • Howard D. Rothschild Fellowship in Dance 
  • Robert Gould Shaw Fellowship for the Harvard Theatre Collection
  • John M. Ward Fellowship in Dance and Music for the Theatre

Applying for Fellowships

To be considered for a fellowship, applicants should complete the online application form, which requires:

  1. a narrative description of the proposed project which highlights the applicability of Houghton's collection materials to the project (600 words)
  2. a list of collection material that will be consulted as initial points inquiry in the project
  3. an uploaded curriculum vitae; and 
  4. two letters of support, submitted either by the referee via the online application form, or emailed to duhaime@fas.harvard.edu or mailed to Houghton Library, Harvard University, ATTN: Fellowship Program, Cambridge MA 02138.

Scholars are welcome to apply each year. If awarded a fellowship, however, a period of 5 years must elapse before another fellowship may be awarded. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 13, 2017.  For further information, contact Monique Duhaime at duhaime@fas.harvard.edu or 617-495-2441

Fellowship Information and Policies

Funding Disbursement

In most cases, Houghton is able to provide the fellowship stipend on the day a fellow arrives at the library, provided we receive sufficient notice. Please contact Monique Duhaime at least one month in advance of your arrival so that we can process your stipend and have it available to hand to you when you arrive (for fellows who are non-U.S. citizens: please note that this process can sometimes take longer than a month, as you will also need to log-in to GLACIER, a tax-reporting database, and supply additional paperwork to our Financial Office). Please also note that due to our fiscal year starting on July 1, if you plan on coming to Cambridge in July, your stipend may not be available until the end of that month.  

Arriving at Houghton

When you arrive at Houghton, let the guard know that you’re here to see Monique Duhaime and she will greet you in the lobby, present your check, and escort you to Widener Library, where you will receive your Special Borrower’s library card, which is valid for up to a year. On your first day or another day early in your fellowship, you will also receive an orientation from Programs Coordinator Peter Accardo or another Houghton staff member.  

Research and Access Policies

Fellows will receive a library card entitling them to reading privileges at Harvard Library units and to borrowing privileges at some circulating collections. Please register as a non-Harvard affiliate for a special collections account before you arrive. Houghton Fellowships do not represent an appointment within the University.  Fellows will not receive a University identification card and will not have access to health care and athletic facilities. Office space and clerical support are not provided.  

Fellows will work in the Reading Room, observing its standard policies. Curators and staff members with particular expertise in areas related to a fellow's research interests will be happy to share their knowledge of our collections.

Wireless Internet access is available for readers’ laptops by using a guest password provided at the Reading Room desk.  Access to licensed Harvard-only electronic resources (EEBO, ECCO, ProQuest, etc.) is available only at hard-wired Reading Room workstations.

For Non-U.S. Citizens

Visiting Fellows who are not U.S. citizens can use the Visa Waiver Program (WT, WB, ESTA) to enter the U.S. for the purposes of the Houghton Library Fellowship. Visiting Fellows are responsible for following all of the steps required by the U.S. Government to participate in the Visa Waiver Program.

Visiting Fellows who are not citizens of visa waiver countries may apply for the visitor’s B Visa at a U.S. embassy in order to visit Houghton.  In the cases where a Fellow cannot obtain the B Visa, Houghton Library can assist the Fellow in obtaining a J-1 short-term scholar visa document from the Harvard International Office.  Please note that Fellows who need to apply for a B or J-1 Visa from the U.S. embassy are responsible for following all of the steps required by the U.S. Department of State and for payment of all Visa and SEVIS fees.  Before accepting this fellowship, you may want to contact your local U.S. embassy for details about obtaining a J-1 Visa.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

This opportunity has expired. It was originally published here:


Similar Opportunities




Opportunity Types


Financial aid

Eligible Countries


Host Countries

United States