Short-Term Residential Fellowships for Scholarly Research
Short-term residential fellowships support scholars whose work would benefit from significant primary research onsite at the Folger for one, two, or three months, with a monthly stipend of $4,000. These fellowships are designed to support a concentrated period of full-time work on research projects that draw on the strengths of the Folger’s collections and programs. Additionally, these on-site fellowships provide researchers with the opportunity to engage in collections-based research within an interdisciplinary community as well as informal opportunities to discuss their research with and receive feedback from this community regularly on-site.
Scholars must hold a terminal degree in their field in order to be eligible for a short-term residential fellowship. To evaluate these applications each year, the Fellowships Program assembles an external committee of respected scholars, aiming for disciplinary, methodological, and geographical diversity. Committee membership changes annually. 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. Furthermore, the Institute is committed to supporting work across fields of study in the early modern humanities that address inequities or marginalized subjects, and that point to richer and more inclusive histories.
Short-Term Residential Fellowships for Artistic Research
The Folger Institute offers short-term artistic research fellowships for a period of one, two or three months. The Artist Research Fellowship is open to artists working in all media whose work would benefit from significant primary research onsite at the Folger. This includes, but is not limited to, visual artists, writers, dramaturgs, playwrights, performers, filmmakers, and composers.
Please note that this residential fellowship provides access to and time with our collection. It does not, however, include studio space. Artists who need studio space while in residence will be expected to arrange their own.
While a terminal degree is not required for the Artist Research Fellowship, applicants should describe their training and level of industry-specific experience in their CV. All applicants must apply as individuals, including artists working as collaborators.
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