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

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Folger Institute

Deadline Date:

01/15/21

Description:

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Fellowships of $3,500 to USA, Canada, and International scholars holding a Ph.D. and archivists, curators, librarians, creative artists, dramaturgs, playwrights, performers, and filmmakers 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 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. The global pandemic, ongoing at the time of this announcement, requires that adaptability. In 2021-2022, 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. In 2021-2022, Folger fellowships will support the many kinds of work which are necessary when the Institute undertakes collections-based research: 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.

Applicants are encouraged to make their own best cases to pursue their research. In 2021-2022, 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 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 requests support for time to organize notes and images collected during past visits to libraries and archives.
  • A researcher notes how fellowship support will relieve them of the need for summer or adjunct teaching.

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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, any time from July 2021 through June 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Folger fellowships in 2021-2022 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).

Archivists, creative artists, curators, dramaturgs, filmmakers, librarians, performers, and playwrights 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.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications is January 15, 2021 for fellowships to be undertaken any time from July 2021 through June 2022.

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

Rules and Requirements for Fellowships: https://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.

To register for online application and to apply online: https://www.onlineapplicationportal.com/folgerfellowships

Dr. Amanda E. Herbert, Associate Director for Fellowships: aherbert@folger.edu
Phone: (202) 675-0348

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

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