Folger Shakespeare Library



Deadline: For long-term: November 1; for short-term: March 1 (postmark)

Submission Method: Electronic

Current Fellows

Recent Chicago Fellows: Bradin Cormack, English (09/10)

Competition Level: 5 fellowships will be awarded in 2008/09; approximately 30 applications are expected.  30 to 35 short-term fellowships will be awarded; approximately 150 applications are expected.

Eligibility: Long-term NEH fellowships are restricted to US citizens or to foreign nationals who have been living in the U.S. for at least 3 years.

The Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC offers research fellowships to encourage access to its exceptional collections and to encourage ongoing cross-disciplinary dialogue among scholars of the early modern period.  Each year, scholars may compete for a limited number of long-term (six to nine mos.) and short-term (one to three mos.) fellowships.

Long-term Fellowships
Long-term fellowships are supported by funds from the Mellon Foundation and the NEH.  Fellows are selected by an external committee that considers the following criteria in making its selections: importance of the topic; originality and sophistication of the approach; feasibility of the research objectives; and the applicant’s need for the Folger collections.  The Folger is open to traditional as well as innovative scholarly methodologies and agendas.

Two Mellon Research Fellowships will be awarded and carry stipends of $50,000.  Three NEH Fellowships will be awarded and carry maximum stipends of $40,000.  Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are open to scholars from any country.

Short-term Fellowships
Short-term fellowships are supported by the Library’s endowments and carry a stipend of $2,000 per month.  The criteria for success in the annual short-term fellowship competition are the same as those for long-term fellowships.

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