The Newberry Library


Deadline: ~January 10 unless noted otherwise

Submission Method: Electronic

Current Fellows

Recent Chicago Fellows: Liesl Olson, English, Harper Schmidt Fellow (09/10); Shannon Dawdy, Anthropology (07/08); Kathleen Conzen, History (06/07); Carla Mazzio, English (04/05) 

Competition Level: 1-3 fellowships in each category are awarded annually; the number of applications submitted is not available

Eligibility: Must have PhD at time of application

Long-term Fellowships: Newberry long-term fellowships and awards are available for periods of six to eleven months.  These fellowships support individual research and promote serious intellectual exchange through active participation in the Library’s scholarly activities, including a biweekly fellows’ seminar.  The stipend for these fellowships ranges from $25,000 to $70,000.  Applicants may combine these fellowship awards with sabbatical or other stipendiary support.  Scholars may apply for any of the long-term fellowships using the same application.

ACM/GLCA Faculty Fellowships. Application deadline: March 2, 2009* for the 2009/10 academic year. These fellowships support faculty from the colleges of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest and the Great Lakes Colleges Association, Inc. as they teach a small group of select undergraduate students in an advanced research seminar, while doing their own research. Fellows can come from any of the colleges in ACM or GLCA, from any discipline. More information is at Potential applicants should contact John Ottenhoff at ACM ((312) 263-5000;

Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars. Application deadline: September 28, 2009*. The American Council of Learned Societies has a program supporting advanced scholarly work in the humanities. The Newberry Library is one of the residential sites. For information on how to apply, go to

Lloyd Lewis Fellowships in American History. Lloyd Lewis Fellowships are awarded to post-doctoral scholars pursuing projects in any area of American history appropriate to the Newberry’s collections. The fellowship carries an academic-year stipend of $50,400.

Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel Fellowship. The Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel Fellowship is for post-doctoral scholars who wish to use the Newberry’s extensive holdings in late medieval and early modern history and literature. Preference will be given to projects focusing on Romance cultures, including work that draws on sources from the colonial Americas. Topics in Portuguese, Spanish, and Latin American studies are especially welcome, as are translation projects. Recent recipients of the PhD are encouraged to apply. The tenure of this fellowship is six months with a stipend of $25,500.

Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. Applications are invited from post-doctoral scholars in any field relevant to the Library’s collections for awards to support residential research and writing. The fellowship carries a stipend of $50,400.

Monticello College Foundation Fellowship for Women. This award is designed for a post-doctoral woman at an early stage of her academic career whose work gives clear promise of scholarly productivity and who would benefit significantly from six months of research, writing, and participation in the intellectual life of the Library. The applicant’s topic should be related to the Newberry’s collections; preference will be given to proposals particularly concerned with the study of women. The tenure of this fellowship is six months with a stipend of $25,500.

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships. Fellowships for post-doctoral scholars to support projects in any field appropriate to the Library’s collections. Applicants must be United States citizens or foreign nationals with three years’ residence. Preference is given to applicants who have not held major fellowships for three years preceding the proposed period of residency. The fellowship carries an academic-year stipend of $50,400.

Terra Foundation for American Art Fellowship in Art History. The Terra Foundation for American Art Fellowship at the Newberry Library will enable a scholar to advance a project of significance about historical American art using resources in any collections in Chicago. Studies may focus on painting, sculpture, prints, drawings, decorative arts, or photography. Applicants must have held the Ph.D. for at least three years prior to September 1, 2010. The fellowship carries an academic-year stipend of $70,000 for a full professor and $50,400 for an Associate or Assistant Professor or independent scholar. The award includes a stipend for a graduate student research assistant and a modest budget for local travel. The Terra Foundation Fellow will participate in the Newberry’s community of scholars, offer two public lectures, and be available to visit at least one graduate seminar in the Chicago area. For more information about this fellowship, click here.

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