Folger Shakespeare Library Long-Term Fellowships

The Folger Institute awards approximately seven long-term and forty-five short-term fellowships each year. Our fellowships are supported by endowments from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. We host fellowships with our partner organizations, which include the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the North American Conference on British Studies, the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, the Renaissance Society of America, the Shakespeare Association of America, the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. The Fellowships Program is especially grateful to the Folger’s many generous individual supporters, who have created lasting legacies via our named endowments.

Annual Competitions

Semi-residential Long-term Fellowships in 2019-2020

For the 2019-2020 fellowship year, the Folger will offer semi-residential long-term fellowships. These awards are available exclusively in this academic year and will allow for one semester of residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library and one semester of residence wherever the fellow might choose: at their home institution, or another archive, institute, library, museum, or research center, anywhere in the world. The fellowship will support scholars with a monthly stipend of $5,555.55 for up to $50,000. Scholars who are awarded this special fellowship are expected to spend a minimum of four months in residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. Scholars must hold a terminal degree in their field in order to be eligible for a long-term fellowship. To evaluate these applications, 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. The Folger Institute’s Assistant Director for Fellowships, Dr. Amanda Herbert, chairs the committee meeting and reviews the committee’s recommendations with the Executive Director, Dr. Kathleen Lynch, in light of the Folger’s standards of professional ethics, priorities, and policies about conflicts of interest (all of which are described to the committee members in advance).  

The next deadline for applications is November 1, 2018, for a period of residence from June 2019 through December 2019. The long-term fellowship application portal will open on September 1, 2018.

Rules and Requirements for Fellowships

  • Citizenship. Folger fellowships in 2019-2020 are open to scholars of any nationality. 
  • Degrees and training. Applicants for semi-residential long-term fellowships should have the Ph.D. by the time they begin their residency. Most short-term fellowships require the Ph.D., but others do not. Archivists, creative artists, curators, filmmakers, librarians, performers, and playwrights should hold appropriate terminal degrees in their field. 
  • Deliberations. For semi-residential long-term fellowships, an external committee of scholars will review applications. Short-term fellowship awards are determined by a committee made up of members of the professional staff of the Folger and invited scholars. Membership on both committees changes each year. We seek to establish committees that reflect the disciplinary, geographic, gender, and status diversity of the applicant pool. All committee discussions are confidential. We do not share reviewers’ comments.
  • Exclusions. Folger staff, current consultants, and members of the Folger Shakespeare Library Board of Governors are not eligible to apply for Folger fellowships. Folger staff members should direct inquiries about research leave and professional opportunities to their supervisors and/or to Folger Human Resources.
  • Reapplication. Applicants who are unsuccessful in the semi-residential long-term fellowship competition may participate in the short-term fellowship competition. Applicants will need to go through the online application process again and should be prepared to revise their proposal narratives to fit the circumstances of a short-term residency.
  • Projects. The Folger will only award two fellowships per project. These may be two short-term fellowships or one short-term and one long-term fellowship. The Folger will not award two long-term fellowships for the same project. Each application process is separate and each competition stands on its own.
Application date
1 Nov 2018
2 semesters
America United States Mid-Atlantic
Humanities Literature
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Grants available
Award granted
Up to US$ 50.000