Short-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars, PhD candidates, or those who hold other terminal degrees and who live and work outside of the Chicago Metro area. Most fellowships require residency at the Newberry and are intended to support scholarly research. Additionally, applicants must have a specific need for the Newberry’s collection. Some Short-Term Fellowships are open to other categories of applicants and Chicago residents, so please read the descriptions below carefully in order to determine your eligibility. The tenure for a Short-Term Fellowship is one continuous month, but scholars who have an extensive need for the collections may request up to two months of support. Unless otherwise noted, the stipend is $2,500 per month.
Important Information Regarding Short-Term Fellowship Applications
Applicants must follow all of the guidelines listed on How to Apply in order to be considered for a fellowship. Please read the following individual descriptions and consult our Eligibility Requirements page carefully in order to determine your eligibility. 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.
All applicants must indicate how long they intend to be in residence at the Newberry in their application. Your month in residence at the Newberry must be continuous and should occur between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.
Although each fellowship has specific eligibility requirements, scholars may apply for any of the Short-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 Long-Term Fellowship, applicants must fill out the Long-Term Fellowship Application Webform.
The Short-Term Fellowship competition has closed for the 2014-15 academic year. We will begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 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.
Frances C. Allen Fellowship
This fellowship is designed 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 webform; see Application Webforms for more information.
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. 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 who wish 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 exchange fellowship supports a student, faculty member, or alumni of the École Nationale des Chartes who wishes to pursue a research project 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
École nationale des chartes
19, rue de la Sorbonne
75005 Paris- France
If selected by the École Nationale des Chartes, applicants will be required to submit an abstract, project description, and CV in English to the Newberry Library.
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 will 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, or 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.
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. Please note that applicants from Chicago-area member institutions are not eligible for this fellowship. See Eligibility Requirements for further information.
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 PhD candidate 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 ($5,748 for one quarter) and tuition will be provided. Candidates for this fellowship should follow the general guidelines listed on How to Apply and apply using the Short-Term Application Webform. However, please note that applicants for this fellowship need only supply one letter of recommendation instead of three. In the unlikely event that no graduate student in English should qualify, the fellowship will be opened to other Northwestern departments.
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 the Power-Tanner Fellowship must fill out a supplementary form in addition to the information webform; see Application Webforms for more information.
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. Pleae refer to 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. Applicants who 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, 2014 for linked Long-Term Fellowship; January 15, 2015 for linked Short-Term Fellowship.
Applicants for Long- and Short-Term Fellowships at the Newberry may request 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 How to Apply. 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.