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Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Scholars
for Research Related to Culture in the Early Modern World

Research Fellowships

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Folger Institute

Deadline Date:

01/18/22 11:59 PM ET

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Fellowships of $3,500 to USA, Canada, and International scholars holding a Ph.D. and curators and librarians for research projects related to Shakespeare or early modern world culture. The four-week non-residential fellowships should make use of collections, archives, libraries, or digital resources. Due to a major building renovation project beginning in 2020, the Folger Institute is offering fellowships for research and writing away from the Folger during the construction period.

The Folger Shakespeare Library has embarked on a major renovation project. While this work is underway and Folger collections are unavailable for in-person consultation, the Folger Institute is committed to continuing its support of collections-based research, and to providing scholars with the resources they need to pursue and advance their work. The renovation offers the Institute the opportunity to create new kinds of awards and to make fellowships more adaptable. Effects of the global pandemic, ongoing at the time of this announcement, require that adaptability. In 2022–2023, Folger research fellowships will place value on many different forms and phases of scholarly enterprise as well as places to pursue it.

In their applications, scholars should make a strong case for their proposed topic’s importance, its relevance to a field of study broadly supported by, or in conversation or critique with, the Folger Library’s collections and programs, emphasizing the originality and sophistication of its approach. They should also describe the work they hope to undertake with a justification of why and how this agenda will advance their project. 

Applicants are encouraged to make their own best cases to pursue their research. In 2022-2023, travel is not required for Folger Fellowships. Here are some scenarios an applicant might propose:

  • A researcher requests access to select electronic resources or databases while working from home.
  • A researcher notes how fellowship support will relieve them of the need for summer or adjunct teaching.
  • A researcher requests funds to pay for reproduction and permissions fees for images of rare materials.
  • A researcher requests support for caregiving while researching or writing.
  • A researcher needs dedicated time to organize notes and images collected during past visits to libraries and archives.
  • A researcher plans to hire local research assistance at an archive to which they cannot travel.
  • A researcher plans to create and/or curate digital resources for use in undergraduate classrooms.

In 2022–2023, Folger fellowships will support the many kinds of work which are necessary when collections-based research is undertaken: access to digital resources, reproduction and permissions fees for images of rare materials at libraries and archives, time to organize notes and images, support for work-life balance, support for time to write.

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GrantWatch ID#: 162024

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Folger Institute will offer non-residential research fellowships in the amount of $3,500.

Term of Contract:

Fellowships are for four continuous weeks of research and writing.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Applicants for Folger Fellowships should hold the Ph.D. by the time they begin their residency (with the exception of the funding partnership with the Omohundro Institute, which is open to scholars who are ABD).

Librarians and curators should hold an appropriate terminal degree in their field.

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.

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.

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Imaging team is working remotely, and no requests for new photography are being accepted at this time.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications for 2022–2023 fellowships are due by 11:59pm ET on 18 January 2022. All applications must be submitted through the Folger's online application portal, which will open on 1 November 2021.

The Folger will only award two fellowships per research project. Each application process is separate and each competition stands on its own.

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Imaging team is working remotely, and no requests for new photography are being accepted at this time. Please check the digital image collection (here: https://luna.folger.edu/luna/servlet?_ga=2.17885305.1507319449.1635836921-1585289926.1635836921) to see if what you want has already been digitized, or contact the Collections team.

Rules and Requirements for Fellowships: hhttp://www.folger.edu/institute/fellowships/rules-requirements

Application Instructions: https://www.folger.edu/institute/fellowships/application-instructions

About the Fellowships Program: https://www.folger.edu/institute/fellowships/about

About the Folger: https://www.folger.edu/about

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online portal: https://www.onlineapplicationportal.com/folgerfellowships

Contact the Collections team: reference@folger.edu

Leah Thomas
Program Assistant
Folger Institute
lthomas@folger.edu
(202) 675–0312

Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-4600

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