Long-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars who wish to be in residence at the Newberry for periods of 4 to 12 months. Unless otherwise noted, applicants for Long-Term Fellowships must hold a PhD at the time of application. Long-Term Fellowships are intended to support individual scholarly research and promote serious intellectual exchange through active participation in the Newberry’s scholarly activities, including fellows’ seminars and a weekly colloquium. Unless stated otherwise, stipends for Long-Term Fellowships are $4,200 per month. Awardees may combine these fellowships with sabbatical or other stipendiary support.
The long-term fellowship deadline for the 2016-17 application cycle is November 15, 2015. Applications for the École Nationale des Chartes Exchange Fellowship will be accepted through December 1, 2015.
Important Information Regarding Long-Term Fellowship Applications
In order for an application to be considered, applicants must follow all of the guidelines listed in the How to Apply section. Please read the following individual fellowship descriptions and consult our Eligibility Requirements page carefully in order to determine whether or not you qualify for an award. Incomplete applications and applicants who do not meet the eligibility requirements will not be considered.
Please consult the Newberry’s Core Collections and Catalogs and Guides prior to writing your fellowship proposal. This will ensure that you are familiar with the Newberry’s collections and help strengthen your application.
Preference is given to applicants who have not held major fellowships within the three years prior to their proposed period of residency.
All applicants must indicate how many months they intend to be in residence at the Newberry in their application. These months in residence at the Newberry must be continuous and should occur between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. Residencies of four or five months must take place primarily during the academic year, which we consider to be September through May.
Although each fellowship has specific eligibility requirements, scholars may apply for multiple Long-Term Fellowships using the same application. Applicants will check off all fellowships they wish to be considered for on the application webform. In order to apply for a Short-Term Fellowship, applicants must fill out the Short-Term Fellowship Application Webform separately.
The Newberry is no longer accepting long-term fellowship applications for the 2016-17 academic year. Please check back in the fall of 2016 for information regarding the 2017-18 cycle.
List of Long-Term Fellowships
ACLS/Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars
Application Deadline for the 2016-2017 academic year: September 23, 2015 before 9 PM EDT.
The American Council of Learned Societies offers fellowships supporting advanced scholarly work in the humanities at one of its participating national residential research centers, which includes the Newberry Library. The stipend for one academic year (nine months) is $75,000. Applicants must apply directly to the ACLS through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application System. Notifications will be sent in late February 2016.
ACM/GLCA Faculty Fellowships
This fellowship supports faculty from the colleges of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest and the Great Lakes Colleges Association, Inc. Fellows teach a small group of select undergraduate students in an advanced research seminar. Applicants must teach at one of the colleges in the ACM or GLCA, from any discipline. Applications are made directly to ACM/GLCA, not to the Newberry Library. For more information, please visit the Associated Colleges of the Midwest’s website or contact Joan Gillespie at the ACM at 312-263-5000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
École Nationale des Chartes Exchange Fellowship
This fellowship covers auditor tuition and a portion of living expenses (up to one term) for a PhD candidate with ABD status at a U.S. or Canadian university to study at the École Nationale des Chartes in Paris for a period of three months. The École des Chartes is the oldest institution in Europe specializing in the archival sciences, including paleography, bibliography, textual editing, and the history of the book. Preference will be given to students attending institutions that are members of the Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium. It is strongly recommended that the recipient be in residence at the École during the fall semester. Applications are especially encouraged from students who are in the early stage of their dissertation work. The applicant’s Project Abstract and Project Description should provide specifics about a need for the training available at the École des Chartes and how it will contribute to their dissertation or future projects. Applicants should follow the instructions listed on our How to Apply page.
*Please note that this award is governed by different eligibility and selection criteria than the other Long-Term Fellowships.
Rudolph Ganz Fellowship
New fellowship opportunity! This fellowship supports research using the Rudolph Ganz Papers and other late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century materials related to Chicago music in that period. The Rudolph Ganz Papers include the musical compositions of this world-renowned concert pianist, composer, conductor, and educator, as well as articles, speeches, lectures and essays by him, and two recordings. Also in the collection is correspondence to and from prominent musical figures, family correspondence, clippings, photographs, programs, and some artifacts. Applicants must request at least four and no more than twelve months of support.
Lloyd Lewis Fellowship in American History
This fellowship supports postdoctoral scholars who are pursuing projects in any area of American History that are applicable to the Newberry’s collection. Applicants must request at least four and no more than twelve months of support.
Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel Fellowship
This fellowship is designed for postdoctoral scholars who wish to use the Newberry’s extensive holdings in Late Medieval and Early Modern History and Literature. Preference will be given to projects focusing on Romance cultures, including work that draws on sources from the colonial Americas. Topics in Portuguese, Spanish, and Latin American Studies are especially welcome, as are translation projects. Recent recipients of PhDs are encourages to apply. Applicants must request at least four and no more than six months of support.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship
This fellowship supports postdoctoral scholars in any field appropriate to the Newberry’s collection. Applicants must request at least four and no more than twelve months of support.
Monticello College Foundation Fellowship for Women
This fellowship is designed for a postdoctoral woman at an early stage (pre-tenure) of her academic career, whose work gives clear promise of scholarly productivity and who would benefit significantly from research, writing, and participation in the intellectual life of the Newberry. The applicant’s topic must be related to the Newberry’s collection. Preference will be given to proposals particularly concerned with the study of women. Applicants must request at least four and no more than six months of support.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowships
This fellowship supports postdoctoral scholars in any field appropriate to the Newberry’s collection. Applicants must be United States citizens or foreign nationals with three continuous years’ residence. Applicants must request at least 4 and no more than 12 months of support.
Newberry Consortium of American Indian and Indigenous Studies (NCAIS) Faculty Fellowship
This fellowship is designed for faculty members at institutions participating in the consortium. Preference is given to scholars at an early career stage. Applicants must request at least four and no more than six months of support. Fellows will work on a project in American Indian Studies requiring research in the Newberry’s collections. The NCAIS Faculty Fellow will receive a research carrel and be accorded the same privileges as other Newberry long-term fellows. The Faculty Fellow will present research, participate in both the McNickle Center Seminar in American Indian and Indigenous Studies and the Newberry Library Fellows’ Seminar, and be available to NCAIS Graduate Student Fellows for consultation.
Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar (NLUS) Faculty Fellowship
This fellowship supports professors from DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago, Roosevelt University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago who are selected to teach a semester-long undergraduate seminar at the Newberry. For complete information on this program, please see Teaching Opportunities.
Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel Joint Fellowship
Application deadline: November 15, 2015 for linked Long-Term Fellowship; December 15, 2015 for linked Short-Term Fellowship.
Applicants for Long-Term Fellowships at the Newberry may also ask to be considered for this joint fellowship, which provides an additional two-month fellowship in Wolfenbüttel, Germany. The proposed project must link the collections and describe the materials to be consulted at both the Newberry and the Herzog August Bibliothek. Applicants should plan to hold both fellowships sequentially in order to ensure continuity of research. The Newberry’s Review Panel and Awards Committee will nominate a candidate for this joint fellowship, which will be verified by the Herzog August Bibliothek at a later date. The award will pay 1,050 EUR per month plus up to 600 EUR for travel expenses. For more information, see Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel.