The Newberry’s long-standing fellowship program provides outstanding scholars with the time, space, and community required to pursue innovative and ground-breaking scholarship. Fellows have access to the Newberry’s wide-ranging and rare archival materials as well as to a lively, interdisciplinary community of researchers, curators, and librarians. We expect recipients to advance scholarship in various fields, develop new interpretations, and expand our understandings of the past.
Detailed information on available fellowships may be found by following the links below. For more information about the application process, visit How to Apply.
Fellowships are available for 4 to 9 months; applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM CST on November 1. These fellowships are generally available without regard to an applicant’s place of residence and are intended to support significant works of scholarship that draw on the strengths of the Newberry’s collection. Long-term fellowship residencies must take place primarily during the academic year (September through May).
NOTICE: Short-Term Fellowships suspended for the 2021-22 academic year due to Covid-19, with the exception of Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium and Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Fellowships.
Fellowships are available for 1 to 2 months. These fellowships are intended to assist researchers who need to examine specific items in the Newberry’s collection in order to advance a significant scholarly project. These fellowships are mainly restricted to individuals who live outside of the Chicago metropolitan area; for exceptions to these restrictions, please read the individual fellowship descriptions.
The Weiss-Brown Publication Subvention Award offers support to offset the publication costs of scholarly books on European civilization before 1700. Please check back in December 2020 for an update on the 2021-22 competition.
Funding for Newberry Fellowships is provided by:
Frances C. Allen Fund
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
American Society for Environmental History
Associated Colleges of the Midwest / Great Lakes Colleges Association, Inc.
Richard H. Brown/William Lloyd Barber Fund
Lester J. Cappon Fund
Jan and Frank Cicero
Jack Conroy Memorial Fund
École Nationale des Chartes
David and Celia Hilliard
Arthur and Janet Holzheimer
Lloyd Lewis Memorial Fund
Dr. Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel Fund
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Midwest Modern Language Association
Jack Miller Center
Monticello College Foundation
National Endowment for the Humanities
Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies
Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium
Newberry Library Trustees Fellowship Fund
Susan Kelly Power and Helen Hornbeck Tanner Fund
The Pritzker Military Museum & Library
The John Rylands Library
Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Illinois
Arthur and Lila Weinberg Fellowship Endowment Fund
Roger W. Weiss and Howard Mayer Brown Fund
Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel