Winterthur Postdoctoral and Research Fellowships

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Applicants who have completed their Ph. D. may receive a four-month fellowship to pursue advanced research or revise research for publication. Stipend: up to $16,800.

Dissertation Fellowships

Doctoral candidates conducting research or writing a dissertation receive four- to nine-month fellowships. Stipend: up to $7,000 per semester.

Short-Term Fellowships

Academic, museum, and independent scholars, including graduate students receive one- to three-month short term fellowships. Stipend: $1,750 per month. Applicants need not apply for a specific named fellowship, but we do designate certain awards as:

  • Faith Andrews Fellowships for the study of Shaker life and material culture
  • Robert Lee Gill Fellowships for research on American decorative arts, painting, architecture, or historic preservation
  • Cheryl A. Robertson Fellowships for the study of American domestic life and material culture

Maker-Creator Fellowships

For 2017-2018 the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library will be offering short-term “Maker-Creator” Fellowships for the first time. These fellowships are designed for artists, writers, filmmakers, horticulturalists, craftspeople, and others who wish to examine, study, and immerse themselves in Winterthur’s vast collections in order to inspire creative and artistic works for general, non-academic audiences. The aim of this initiative is to open our collections to a wider audience who can interpret the past and our collections in unique and imaginative ways outside of traditional academic avenues.

Affiliated Researchers

Winterthur's Research Fellowship Program also includes an appointed number of Affiliated Researchers, a group which is comprised of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, senior and junior faculty, as well as independent scholars. Researchers who can provide their own financial support are given access to our museum, library, and garden collections; invited to join in events and lectures; and, on a short-term basis, offered workspace in our research building when available.

Resources at Winterthur

Research fellows are welcomed by staff experts with deep knowledge of Winterthur’s collections. Support staff are happy to share information and insights about the collectons.


Research fellows have full access to the library collections, which chronicle material cutlure in American and abroad from the 16th into the 20th centuries. The collections are books and periodicals, including 18,260 rare books and about 1,200 periodical titles; manuscripts and printed ephemera, including 2,900 records groups, ranging in size from an item to tens of thousands of pieces; visual resources, including 170,000 photographs; and the Winterthur Archives, including 2,400 cubic feet of records.

Resources for the seventeenth to the early twentieth centuries include:

  • Core library collection of secondary sources in fine and decorative art history, American history, and cultural studies, including academic journals
  • Period trade catalogs, trade cards, and other ephemera
  • Auction and exhibition catalogs
  • Extensive reference photograph collection of decorative arts
  • Rare books
  • Manuscript collections including probate inventories, family records, diaries, and correspondence
  • Merchant and artisan account books


Research fellows have full access to museum collection catalog information and research files for nearly 90,000 artifacts and works of art made or used in the colonies of British North America and the young United States to 1860, as well as opportunities to study with relevant museum collections.


Research fellows have access, by appointment, to the research files of the Garden Department and to the plant records system. The Winterthur Archives houses letters from H. F. du Pont to prominent horticulturists of the early 20th century and documentation about the work of Marian Cruger Coffin, one of the first female landscape architects in the United States.



Research fellows have desk space in the Research Fellowship Office in the Research Building. Fully equipped with wireless Internet access, telephone, and laser printer, the office is accessible 24 hours a day. Fax machines, photocopiers, and scanners are also available. Research fellows are encouraged to bring laptop computers and digital cameras to use in the office and library.


Research fellows receive a badge granting 24-hour access to open stack collections in the library. Rare book and manuscript collections are available 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Access to additional libraries is available through Interlibrary Loan.


Research fellows study the museum collections through access to the collections management database and the object research files in the Registrar’s Office. Staff members in the Collections Department and the Academic Programs Department can arrange to give research fellows study time with museum objects, as needed.


Staff members of the Garden Department can assist research fellows in using the research files and the plant records system, as needed.


Research fellows live on the Winterthur grounds, amid rolling hills and forest. They stay in a furnished stone farmhouse, complete with wireless Internet access and cable television.


The lively scholarly community at Winterthur, the nearby Hagley Museum and Library (1.5 miles), and the University of Delaware (15 miles) welcomes research fellows to participate in formal and informal collegial activities, including on-site seminars and programs. Research fellows participate in a monthly research colloquium with Winterthur staff and share research successes and challenges at a weekly lunch. 

Application date
15 Jan 2018
Postdoctoral: 4 months; short-term: 1-3 months
America United States Mid-Atlantic
Humanities Anthropology, Ethnology and Folklore Architecture Art & Art History History Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Award granted
Postdoctoral: up to US$ 16.800; short-term: US$ 1.750/month