Short-term fellowships in the humanities – Spring Deadlines

December 9, 2014 by Claudia Scholz

Short-term residencies at libraries and archives are an opportunity for scholars to dedicate themselves full-time to their research.  Many libraries offer residential fellowships to encourage researchers to use their collections.  Such opportunities are a good way to get your feet wet in proposal-writing and will help you establish a funding track record, both of which can help you to secure larger and more prestigious fellowships in the future.

Faculty interested in applying to any of these programs should contact OSP as soon as possible, preferably 2 months before the deadline.

*** Many thanks to Dan Kirschenbaum, Director of Research & Development at the Associated Colleges of the South, for compiling this list.


Winterthur Library, Museum, and Garden – January 15
Winterthur offers short-term residential research fellowships and NEH Fellowships for one or two semesters for scholars pursuing independent work in its collections. Library holdings include materials from the 17th through the mid-20th centuries; museum collections contain domestic artifacts and works of art made or used in America before 1860. Scholars pursing research in American art, history, material culture, and design, or related topics in British, Continental, or Asian decorative arts and design are encouraged to apply.

American Antiquarian Society – January 15
AAS offers both short- and long-term visiting academic research fellowships as well as a fellowship for creative writers whose goals are to produce imaginative, non-formulaic works dealing with pre-20th-century American history. The visiting research fellowships are designed to enable scholars to spend an uninterrupted block of time doing research in the AAS library and discussing their work.

Princeton University Library – January 15
Short-term Library Research Grants promote scholarly use of the collections. The Program in Hellenic Studies offers grants in Hellenic studies. The Cotsen Children’s Library supports research in its collection. The Maxwell Fund supports research on Portuguese-speaking cultures. The Sid Lapidus ’59 Research Fund is for research of the Age of Revolution and Enlightenment in the Atlantic World. Awards are made up to $3,500 and are normally for up to one month.

Houghton Library (Harvard University) – January 16
This library offers short- and long-term fellowships to conduct research in its collections. The principal rare book and manuscript library of Harvard College, the library’s holdings are particularly strong in European, English, American, and South American literature, including the country’s pre-eminent collection of American literary manuscripts; philosophy; religion; history of science; music; printing and graphic arts; dance; and theatre. Fellows also have access to collections in Widener Library and other libraries at Harvard. Fellowships typically carry a stipend of $3,000. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Library for at least four weeks, though these do not have to be consecutive weeks.


Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (U. Texas) – February 1
The Center offers one to three-month residential fellowships with stipends of $3,000 per month annually to support scholarly research projects in all areas of the humanities including literature, music, art, and film. Fifty fellowships are granted each year and priority is given to proposals that require substantial on-site use of the Center’s collections. Travel stipends in the amount of $1,200 to $1,700 may be awarded to scholars with projects that require less than one month’s research at the Center. These may not be combined with other Ransom Center Fellowships.

New England Regional Fellowship Consortium – February 1
The Consortium, a collaboration of 18 major cultural agencies, offers stipends of $5,000 for eight weeks of research at participating institutions. Applications are welcome from anyone with a serious need to use the collections and facilities of the organizations. The Consortium’s grants are designed to encourage projects that draw on the resources of several agencies. Each award will be for research at three or more different institutions. Fellows must work at each of these three organizations for at least two weeks. Visit the website for special areas of emphasis. Participating agencies are: Baker Library , Boston Athenæum , Bostonian Society ,Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Connecticut Historical Society , Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine , Harvard Law School, Special Collections , Historic Deerfield , Houghton Library, Harvard University , Maine Historical Society , Massachusetts Historical Society, Mystic Seaport , New England Historic Genealogical Society , New Hampshire Historical Society , Rhode Island Historical Society , Schlesinger Library , and New England Women’s Club.

Clark Short-Term Fellowships – February 1
These fellowships support scholars with research projects that require work in any area of the Clark’s collections. Applicants must hold a PhD degree or have equivalent academic experience. Awards are for periods of one to three months in residence. Amount: $2,500 per month.

ASECS/Clark Fellowships – February 1
These are available to postdoctoral scholars and to ABD graduate students with projects in the Restoration or the eighteenth century. Fellowship holders must be members in good standing of ASECS. Awards are for one month of residency: $2,500.

The Kanner Fellowship in British Studies – February 1
This fellowship supports research at the Clark Library in any area pertaining to British history and culture. The fellowship is open to both postdoctoral and predoctoral scholars and is for three months. Amount: $7,500.

The Clark-Huntington Joint Bibliographical Fellowship – February 1
This fellowship is jointly funded by the Clark and the Huntington Libraries. Funds are for a two-month residency for bibliographical research in early modern British literature and history as well as other areas where the two libraries have common strengths. Eligible applicants hold a PhD degree or have appropriate research experience. Amount: $5,500 for 2 months residency.


Folger Shakespeare Library – March 1 (short-term fellowships)
This library offers long-term (six to nine months) and short-term (one to three months) residential research fellowships to promote access to its collections and encourage ongoing cross-disciplinary dialogue among scholars of the early modern period. Short-term fellowships carry a stipend of $2,500 per month; 35-40 fellowships are awarded in each funding cycle. Some of the short-term fellowships support scholars working on specific topics or regions while others are unrestricted.

American Philosophical Society Library – March 3
APS Library Resident Research Fellowships support research in the Society’s collections. Applicants in any field of scholarship relevant to the collections who can demonstrate a need to work in the collections for one to three months may apply. The stipend is $2,500 per month for a minimum term of one month and a maximum of three, taken between June 1 and May 31. Fellowships are usually of one month in duration, and seldom exceed two months. Fellows are required to be in residence at the Library for four to twelve consecutive weeks, depending on the length of their award.

The Schlesinger Library (at the Radcliffe Institute) – March 21
This is a non-circulating library with holdings focused on the history of women from the 19th and 20th centuries in America and abroad. The library offers research support grants and oral history grants for independent scholars needing to use the library’s holdings. The Oral History Grant is only for scholars conducting oral history interviews. Research and Oral History grants provide up to $3,000 each to cover travel and living expenses and incidental research expenses while at the library.

Hagley Museum and Library – Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society – March 31; June 30; October 31
The residential Henry Belin du Pont Memorial Fund supports access to, and use of, Hagley’s research collections, including the library, archival, and artifact collections, for two-to-six-months at up to $1,600 per month. Grants-in-aid are also available to support short-term visits to the Hagley for scholarly research in its imprint, manuscript, pictorial, and artifact collections. Short-term visits can range from a minimum of two weeks to a maximum of two months with funding up to $1,600 per month.

The Library of Congress Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies – March 31
The program offers a post-doctoral fellowship for research based on the Alan Lomax Collection in the disciplines of anthropology, ethnomusicology, ethnography, ethno-history, dance, folklore and folklife, history, literature, linguistics, and movement analysis, with particular emphasis on the traditional music, dance, and narrative of the United States, England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the Caribbean, as well as methodologies for their documentation and analysis. Interdisciplinary projects that combine disciplines in novel and productive ways are encouraged. The stipend is $4,200 per month for up to eight months. There is no nationality requirement.


The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Fellowships in American Civilization – May 1

The Institute offers short-term fellowships of up to $3,000 for work in four historical archives in New York City, including the New York Public Library’s Humanities and Social Sciences Library; the Gilder Lehrman Collection, on deposit at the New York Historical Society; the Library of the New York Historical Society; the Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript library; and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Postdoctoral scholars and faculty at any rank are eligible.


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