The Folger’s extraordinary collections are essential to understanding the humanities and their continued resonance and importance in our world. The Fellowships Program brings our rare and historic art, books, costumes, manuscripts, periodicals, prints, and visual resources immediately to life. We put scholars, artists, performers, and practitioners into direct and sustained engagement with the collections, with our many innovative digital resources, and with one another.
Folger fellows join together to create a high-powered, multidisciplinary community of scholars, who come from different fields but who share cognate interests in literature and history, art and performance, philosophy, religion, and politics. Scholarly discovery is a hallmark of the Folger Institute Fellowships Program. Our fellows are given the time and resources to bring their research projects to fruition. And they do so in the company of other scholars who are also engaged in testing ideas, weighing arguments, and stimulating fresh approaches to research, performance, and writing.
The Folger Institute also fosters collegiality and cooperation through its fellowships programming, designed to bring fellows into conversation with one another, with the Folger’s curators and scholars, and with members of the academic community. These events include research colloquia, working lunches, hands-on examinations of materials from the Folger collection with Folger curators, and reading group discussions on the most recent works of literary criticism, history, philosophy, and theatre studies.
We award long-term fellowships of six to nine months, and short-term fellowships for on-site, Folger residencies of one to three months.
Potential applicants should read our FAQs before submitting an application.
Our fellowships support a range of projects. Anyone who holds a terminal degree in their field is eligible to apply for a fellowship, and we welcome applications from contingent faculty, archivists and curators, independent scholars, librarians, and artists. Please see our list of current fellows for a description of the multidisciplinary projects currently in-process at the Folger.
Many supporters and partners make these fellowship opportunities possible, and we are grateful for their commitment to fostering scholarship and the humanities at the Folger.
The National Endowment for the Humanities has supported our program for more than four decades, and is one of the current sponsors of Folger Institute fellowships. You can find out more about other sponsors here.