Lewis Walpole Library Visiting Fellowships and Travel Grants

The library funds four-week visiting fellowships and two-week travel grants to support research in the Library’s rich collections of eighteenth-century materials (mainly British). 

In addition, the library administers two jointly funded residential fellowships. 

  • The LWL / ASECS Library Fellowship is awarded to an ASECS member in good standing for up to four weeks of research at the Lewis Walpole Library.  
  • The LWL / Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Fellowship is awarded to support up to eight weeks of research in the collections of both libraries.     

Scholars pursuing postdoctoral or advanced research, as well as doctoral candidates at work on a dissertation, are encouraged to apply. The fellowship year runs from July 1 through June 30, and all fellowships must be completed within the fellowship year.

All fellowship recipients are expected to be in residence at the library, to be free of other significant professional obligations during their stay, and to focus their research substantially on the Lewis Walpole Library’s collections. Fellows also have access to additional resources at Yale, including those in the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Yale Center for British Art.

Visiting fellowships (four- and eight-week) include:

  • the round-trip cost of travel between the Lewis Walpole Library and the recipient’s home institution or residence. The library will reimburse the cost of a rental car or local travel expenses.
  • accommodation for four weeks (or for the LWL BRBL Fellowship, eight weeks) in an eighteenth-century house on the Library’s campus.
  • a per diem living allowance to cover living expenses for 4-week Fellows*. The per diem is calculated using the US General Services Administration’s current per diem rates (M & IE portion) for the Hartford, CT area. For 2017/18 the M & IE rate is $59 per day.
  • or a stipend for joint LWL/BRBL fellows. Please note that federal regulations require taxes to be withheld from the stipend.  
  • Four-week fellows are expected to take their fellowship in one uninterrupted period. Those awarded an eight-week LWL/BRBL fellowship may break their visit into two periods of four weeks each.   

*International Fellows who expect to come to Yale for other funded research during the same calendar year may be required to receive a stipend in lieu of per diem payment. Please note that federal regulations require taxes to be withheld from the stipend. Please contact Michelle Privée (michelle.privee@yale.edu) for details.

 Travel grants include:

  • transportation costs between the Lewis Walpole Library and the recipient’s home institution or residence. The library will reimburse the cost of a rental car or local travel expenses.
  • on-site accommodation for two weeks in an eighteenth-century house on the library’s campus. Travel grant recipients are expected to take their travel grant in one uninterrupted period, to complete their fellowship within the fellowship year. 

Application details for visiting fellowships and travel grants

Applications are accepted beginning on the first Monday in November, and the deadline for submission is the second Monday in January. Decisions are based on a number of factors, including the merits of the project and fit with the collections. Application materials must be submitted directly through the listing in the Yale Grants Database. Search for Visiting Fellowships Lewis Walpole. Please note you will need to login to access the application form.

The following materials are required to complete the applicant dossier.   

  • Application (completed online)   
  • A curriculum vitae, including educational background, professional experience and publications
  • A brief outline of the research proposal (not to exceed three double-spaced pages), including a detailed explanation of how the library’s collections will support the research project, with examples of materials where possible.
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation. Letters should specifically address the merits of the candidate’s project and its relevance to the collections available at the Lewis Walpole Library. General letters of recommendation or dossier letters will not be considered. The online application includes a link to request letters of recommendation and which the recommenders use to upload letters directly.

Applications for 2019-2020 will be accepted beginning Monday, November 5, 2018, and the deadline will be Monday, January 7, 2019.

Application date
7 Jan 2019
Up to 8 weeks
America United States New England
Humanities Architecture Art & Art History Digital Humanities History Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Award granted
US$ 59/day + accommodation + travel cost