Short-Term Fellowships

A fellow at work in her carrel.
A fellow at work in her carrel.

Short-term fellowships are generally restricted to postdoctoral scholars, PhD candidates, or holders of other terminal degrees who live and work outside of the Chicago area and who have a specific need for Newberry collection. Unless otherwise noted, these fellowships require residency at the Newberry. Some fellowships are open to other categories of applicants and Chicago residents. Please refer to Eligibility and Application Information and read the following descriptions carefully for the eligibility restrictions on particular fellowships. The tenure of short-term fellowships is one continuous month, unless otherwise noted. Scholars who have an extensive need for use of the collections may request two months of fellowship support. The award is $2,500 per month unless otherwise noted.

The Short Term Fellowship competition is now closed for the 2014-2015 academic year. We will begin accepting applications for the 2015-2016 academic year on September 1, 2014. Please check back at that time for further details.

List of Short-Term Fellowships

Newberry Short-Term Resident Fellowships for Individual Research

This fellowship provides access to the Newberry’s collection for PhD candidates or postdoctoral scholars. Applicants may request one or two months of support; most awards are for one month.

Fellowships with Specific Eligibility Requirements:

Frances C. Allen Fellowship

This fellowship is for women of American Indian heritage. While candidates for this award may be working in any graduate or pre-professional field, the particular goal of the Allen Fellowship is to encourage American Indian women in their studies of any field related to the Newberry’s collection. Allen fellows are expected to spend a significant part of their tenure in residence at the Newberry’s D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies. The tenure of the fellowship is from one month to one year; the standard award is $2,500 per month; supplemental funding may also be available on a case by case basis. Please note: applicants for the Allen Fellowship must fill out a supplementary form in addition to the Information web form; see Apply for Fellowships.

Newberry Library-American Musicological Society (AMS) Fellowship

This fellowship for PhD candidates or postdoctoral scholars supports one month’s work in residence at the Newberry. Preference will be given to a scholar working in music or musicology. For information about the Newberry’s music collection, visit http://www.newberry.org/music. Applicants must be members of the AMS at the time of application and through the period of the fellowship.

Newberry Library-American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) Fellowship

This fellowship for PhD candidates or postdoctoral scholars supports one month’s work in residence at the Newberry. Applicants from outside of the Chicago area who have a specific need for research in the Newberry collection are eligible. Applicants must be members of the ASEH at the time of the award.

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Fellowship

This fellowship is for PhD candidates or postdoctoral scholars wishing to use the Newberry’s collection to study the period 1660–1815. Applicants must be members of the ASECS at the time of the award.

Lester J. Cappon Fellowship in Documentary Editing

This fellowship for postdoctoral scholars provides support for historical editing projects based on Newberry sources, in preparation of a scholarly edition. Applicants need not be from outside the Chicago area. Applicants may request up to three months of support.

Newberry Library-École Nationale des Chartes Exchange Fellowship

This fellowship is for students, faculty, and alumni of the École Nationale des Chartes who wish to pursue research projects in the Newberry collection. Applications must be made directly to the École Nationale des Chartes (not to the Newberry) at the following address:
Relations internationales et Stages
International relations
École nationale des chartes
19, rue de la Sorbonne
75005 Paris- France

Charles Montgomery Gray Fellowship

This fellowship provides access to the Newberry’s collection for PhD candidates or postdoctoral scholars. This fellowship is open to applicants in all areas of study appropriate to the library’s collection. Preference may be given to those working in the early modern period or Renaissance, as well as in English history, legal history, or European history.

Arthur and Janet Holzheimer Fellowship in the History of Cartography

This fellowship for PhD candidates or postdoctoral scholars supports work on projects related to the history of cartography, which focus on cartographic materials in the Newberry’s collection.

Institute for the International Education of Students Faculty Fellowships

Two one-month IES-sponsored fellowships are available. These fellowships will be awarded to faculty members from any IES Center. In addition to providing a stipend of $1,200, these fellowships fund travel to the Newberry and lodging for the period of the fellowship.

Newberry Library-Kress Foundation Fellowship

This fellowship for PhD candidates or postdoctoral scholars supports one month’s work in residence at the Newberry. This fellowship offers support for qualified applicants working on a project that advances the history, conservation, and enjoyment of the vast heritage of European art, architecture, and archaeology from antiquity to the early 19th century. The Newberry houses a variety of European art works and the history of art and architecture within its collection. Most of these works relate to subject areas for which the library’s holdings are particularly strong. Collection strengths include medieval manuscripts; post-1500 European manuscripts; book illustrations; printing and book arts; calligraphy; maps, views, and topographical prints; caricatures and cartoons; and printed books and serials relating to the field of art history. The stipend for this fellowship is $2,500 for one month.

Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA) Fellowship

This fellowship for PhD candidates or postdoctoral scholars supports one month’s work in residence at the Newberry. MMLA membership must be current at the time of application and through the period of the fellowship.

Newberry Library-Jack Miller Center Fellowship

This fellowship for PhD candidates or postdoctoral scholars supports one or two months’ research at the Newberry; while in residence, fellows will deliver one public lecture based on research findings in the Newberry collection. This fellowship is intended to advance scholarship in those fields of study that will contribute to a deeper understanding of America’s founding principles and history and wider traditions that influenced its development.

Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS) Graduate Student Fellowships

This fellowship supports PhD candidates at institutions participating in the consortium. Fellowship recipients are expected to present their research at the consortium’s annual graduate student conference or at a Newberry-sponsored seminar in American Indian and indigenous studies. The fellowships offer support for one to two months of dissertation research. Awards may be used to fund research at the Newberry, or at other libraries, archives, and in the field.

Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium Fellowships

These fellowships support scholars at Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium member institutions. They offer support for one month’s work in residence at the Newberry for one PhD candidate and one faculty member (with preference for non-tenured faculty) working in medieval, Renaissance, or early modern studies.

Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Fellowship

This fellowship for PhD candidates or postdoctoral scholars supports one month’s work in residence at the Newberry. Preference given to residents of the Northeastern United States or Eastern Canada; applicants must be members of NeMLA at the time of the award. Preference will be given to projects focusing on materials written in French, German, Italian, or Spanish.

Lawrence Lipking Fellowship at the Newberry

This fellowship enables a qualified Northwestern graduate student in English to spend a quarter conducting research at the Newberry. Full-time residence at the Newberry is required. A stipend equivalent to Northwestern’s University Fellowship stipend ($5,607 in 2013–14) and tuition will be provided. Candidates for the Fellowship should supply a Newberry Library Short-Term Cover Sheet, CV, one letter of recommendation, and a research plan of no more than 500 words, detailing intended use of Newberry resources. Applicants should follow the general guidelines listed on Apply for Fellowships. In the unlikely event that no English graduate student should qualify, the fellowship will be opened to other Northwestern departments. Applications should be submitted as email attachments to research@newberry.org, copied to n-mead2@northwestern.edu.

Susan Kelly Power and Helen Hornbeck Tanner Fellowship

This fellowship for PhD candidates and postdoctoral scholars of American Indian heritage supports one or two months of residential research in any field in the humanities using the Newberry collection. Applicants for this fellowship need not be from outside the Chicago area. Please note: applicants for this fellowship must fill out a supplementary form in addition to the Information webform; see Apply for Fellowships.

The Renaissance Society of America (RSA) Fellowship

This fellowship for PhD candidates or postdoctoral scholars offers one month’s support for work in residence at the Newberry. Scholars at all career stages and in all disciplines are eligible. Applications must be made directly to the RSA (not to the Newberry) no later than December 15, 2014. Applications should describe specific Newberry collection materials to be consulted. Consult the RSA’s Research Grants page for additional application information. Applicants must be members in good standing of the RSA at the time of application and through the period of the fellowship. Applicantswho wish to apply for other short-term fellowships in residence at the Newberry must submit an additional complete application to the Newberry.

Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) Fellowship

This fellowship for PhD candidates or postdoctoral scholars supports one month’s work in residence at the Newberry. Preference will be given to those working in the early modern era, broadly defined (ca. 1450 – ca. 1660). Applicants must be members of the SCSC at the time of application and through the period of the fellowship.

Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Illinois Fellowship

This fellowship for PhD candidates or postdoctoral scholars supports one month’s work in residence at the Newberry. Preference will be given to those working in early American History.

John N. Stern Fellowship for Oberlin College Faculty

This fellowship provides support for regular faculty of Oberlin College who wish to use the Newberry’s collection. Fellowships will be granted to applicants whose scholarship and teaching would be most likely to benefit from work in the Newberry’s collection.

Arthur and Lila Weinberg Fellowship for Independent Scholars and Researchers

This fellowship is for an independent scholar or researcher who wishes to participate in the rich and varied scholarly and public programming of the Newberry. The Newberry considers “independent scholars” to be individuals working outside of traditional academic settings, who are not employed as, or seeking to be employed as, full-time academic faculty. We seek scholars, journalists, writers, filmmakers, visual and performing artists, and other humanists, who wish to use the Newberry’s collection in the creation of a publication or comparable product. Preference is given to scholars working on historical issues related to social justice or reform. This fellowship is intended to support one month in residence at the Newberry; Chicago-area residents who are awarded a Weinberg Fellowship may choose to distribute their time over 9–12 months on a flexible basis to be determined in conversation with Newberry staff. The fellow will receive a total stipend of $2,500.

Weiss/Brown Publication Subvention Award

This award provides up to $9,000 to subsidize the publication of a scholarly book, monograph, or edition on European civilization before 1700 in one of the following fields: music, theater, French or Italian literature, or cultural studies. Authors must document that their projects have been accepted for publication and must provide detailed information regarding the publication and the subvention request. The application requirements for this award differ from those of fellowships. Authors should download guidelines for this award.

Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel Fellowship

Application deadline: December 1, 2013 for linked long-term fellowship; January 15, 2014 for linked short-term fellowship. Applicants for long- and short-term fellowships at the Newberry may also ask to be considered for this joint fellowship providing an additional two-month fellowship in Wolfenbüttel, Germany. The proposed project must link the collections of both libraries; applicants should plan to hold both fellowships sequentially to ensure continuity of research. Applicants must follow the general guidelines listed on Apply for Fellowships. Project Descriptions must describe the materials to be consulted at both the Newberry and the Herzog August Bibliothek. 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.