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

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Fellowships of $3,500 to USA, Canada, and International scholars holding a PhD and archivists, creative artists, curators, dramaturgs, filmmakers, librarians, performers, and playwrights for research projects related to Shakespeare or the culture of the early modern world. The four-week fellowships should make use of collections, archives, libraries, or museums. 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.

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. In 2020-2021, Folger research fellowships will place value on many different forms of scholarly enterprise and 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 the Folger Library’s collections and programs, and the originality and sophistication of its approach. They should also describe the proposed location(s) of their work – either at home or abroad – with a justification of why and how this agenda will advance their project.

These research fellowships may be taken up at any archive or library of the applicant’s choosing. The Folger has also arranged for a select number of archives, collections, libraries, and museums, without research fellowship endowments of their own, to host Folger fellows at their institutions. For more information, click here:

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GrantWatch ID#: 162024

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Folger Institute will offer 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 2020 through May 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Folger fellowships in 2020-2021 are open to scholars of any nationality. The Folger will sponsor and pay for international scholars to enter the United States under the J-1 visa if needed.

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 1, 2020 for fellowships to be undertaken any time from July 2020 through May 2021.

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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:

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

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