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Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Scholars to Pursue Research in the Humanities

Long-term Fellowships


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
Folger Institute
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/15/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Fellowships of $70,000 to USA, Canada, and International scholars for research projects in the humanities. The purpose of the program is for scholars to benefit from the funding source's library of resources to pursue their research. The fellowships will be conducted both offsite and onsite at the Folger Institute in Washington, DC.

These fellowships are designed to support full-time scholarly work on significant research projects that draw on the strengths of the Folger’s collections and programs. While the Folger is certainly best known for their materials related to Shakespeare and his time, their collection of printed books and manuscripts also covers the literary, cultural, political, religious, and social history of Britain and Europe from the 15th though 18th centuries, with a strong emphasis on the 16th and 17th centuries. 

In 2024, the Folger will begin reopening. While the reading room will be open and ready to welcome researchers, it is important to note that it remains unclear when all Folger properties will become available to researchers once more. Please note that fellowship stipends have been increased to offset the additional cost of securing off-site housing in DC. Residential fellows are expected to inform themselves about, and follow, the most up-to-date public health guidelines in both their place of origin and Washington, DC.

Applications will be evaluated 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 which point to richer and more inclusive histories.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Scholars must hold a terminal degree in their field in order to be eligible for a long-term fellowship.

Folger fellowships are open to scholars of any nationality. The Folger Institute is eligible to sponsor international scholars under the J-1 visa and covers the costs of application for those awarded Folger fellowships.

Pre-Application Information
Applications open: September 2023
Applications due:December 15, 2023, by 11:59 pm (ET)
Long-term residential awards will be announced in early March.

Researchers may apply for a fellowship as many times as they like but they will only be awarded a maximum of two Folger fellowships per project, and in applying for a second award, they must address progress made and the new aspect of the project for which funding is sought.


Number of Grants
5 fellowships

Estimated Size of Grant
$70,000 for the 2024-2025 academic year (approximately $7,777 per month)

Term of Contract
9 months

Please note, for the 2024-25 fellowship year, long-term fellows will have the option to take up to 3 months of their 9-month fellowship virtually. This virtual time may be taken at any point in the fellowship and does not have to be taken concurrently. Applicants may propose any research schedule that best fits their project’s needs.

Contact Information

Folger Institute
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-4600

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