Houghton Library Visiting Fellowship Program, USA

Publish Date: Dec 21, 2015

Houghton Library is pleased to offer short-term visiting fellowships to assist scholars with the cost of travel and accommodation to come and pursue their research at the library.


Houghton Library is the principal rare book and manuscript library of Harvard College, which documents the history of Western civilization.  Materials relating to American, British, and Continental history and literature comprise the bulk of its collections and include special concentrations in printing, graphic arts, and the theatre.  The collections encompass diverse holdings such as ostraca, daguerreotypes, and the working papers of modern novelists and poets. 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 2016 through June 2017 (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 2016-2017

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 Fellowship
    Successful applicants must either be an ASECS member in good standing or be willing to become a member in order to receive this fellowship.
  • 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
  • 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 - http://hcl.harvard.edu/libraries/houghton/public_programs/visiting_fellowships_application.cfm, 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
  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 15, 2016.  For further information, contact Monique Duhaime at duhaime@fas.harvard.edu or 617-495-2441

New England Regional Fellowship Consortium

Houghton Library also participates in the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium.  Please visit their website - http://www.masshist.org/fellowships/nerfc/index.php for further information.

WPR Creative Fellowship

The Woodberry Poetry Room sponsors a creative fellowship for poets, artists, and scholars. The next deadline for application is: January 15, 2016. View the online application.

Undergraduate Houghton Library Fellowships

Houghton Library invites Harvard undergraduates to work with our collections this summer (2016), supported by an inaugural Harvard Undergraduate Fellowship. View more information - http://hcl.harvard.edu/libraries/houghton/public_programs/assistance_undergrad_fellowships.cfm

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