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Long-Term Fellowships

Fellowships to USA Scholars for
Humanities Research in Washington, DC

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Folger Institute

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Fellowships providing a monthly stipend of $5,555 to USA scholars holding a Ph.D. to carry out humanities research using the funding source’s collections in Washington, DC. This fellowship program brings rare and historic books, art, manuscripts, costumes, prints, visual resources, and periodicals to life. Through the fellowship program, the Folger puts scholars, artists, performers, and practitioners into direct and sustained engagement with the collections, with many innovative digital resources, and with one another.

Folger fellows join together to create a high-powered, multidisciplinary community of scholars, who come from different fields but who share cognate interests in literature and history, art and performance, philosophy, religion, and politics. Scholarly discovery is a hallmark of the Folger Institute Fellowships Program. Fellows are given the time and resources to bring their research projects to fruition. And they do so in the company of other scholars who are also engaged in testing ideas, weighing arguments, and stimulating fresh approaches to research, performance, and writing.

The Folger Institute also fosters community and cooperation through its Fellowships Programming, designed to bring fellows into conversation with one another, with the Folger’s curators and scholars, and with members of the local academic community. These events include research colloquia, working lunches, hands-on examinations of materials from the Folger Collection with Folger curators, and reading group discussions on the most recent works of literary criticism, history, philosophy, and theatre studies.

To evaluate applications each year, the Fellowships Program assembles an external committee of respected scholars, aiming for disciplinary, methodological, and geographical diversity. 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 project’s impact, relevance, and approach.

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GrantWatch ID#: 162024

Number of Grants:

Each year, the Folger Institute awards approximately seven long-term fellowships.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Fellowships provide a monthly stipend of $5,555.55 for up to $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Long-term fellowships support scholars in residence for six to nine months.

The period of residence is July 2018 through June 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Scholars must hold a terminal degree in their field in order to be eligible for a long-term fellowship.

Applicants for long-term fellowships should have the Ph.D. by the time they begin their residency.

Folger fellowships are open to scholars of any nationality. Awards for long-term NEH fellowships are restricted to US citizens or foreign nationals who have been in the US for the three years preceding application.

Folger staff, current consultants, and members of the Folger Shakespeare Library Board of Governors are not eligible to apply for Folger fellowships.

Pre-Application Information:

The application portal for the next fellowship competition will open on September 1, 2017. The next deadline for long-term fellowship applications is November 1, 2017.

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

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Amanda E. Herbert, Assistant Director for Fellowships
(202) 675-0348

Meredith Deeley, Program Assistant
(202) 675-0312

Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

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