The Kluge Center encourages humanistic and social science research that makes use of the Library's large and varied collections. Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research is particularly welcome in the Kluge Fellowship program. The fellowship is open to scholars in the humanities and social sciences with special consideration given to those whose projects demonstrate relevance to contemporary challenges.
Among the collections available to researchers are the world's largest law library and outstanding multi-lingual collections of books and periodicals. Deep special collections of manuscripts, maps, music, films, recorded sound, prints, and photographs are also available. In-residence scholars have access to the Library's specialized staff and to the intellectual community of Washington. Further information about the Library's collections can be found on the Library's website: http://www.loc.gov/rr/.
Established in 2000 through an endowment of $60 million from John W. Kluge, the Kluge Center is located in the splendid Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. The Center furnishes attractive work and discussion space for Fellowship holders, Kluge Chairs, other distinguished visiting scholars, and post-doctoral and doctoral fellows supported by other grants and foundation gifts.
Scholars who have received a terminal advanced degree within the past seven years in the humanities, social sciences, or in a professional field such as architecture or law are eligible. Applicants may be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals.