Eligibility Requirements

Additional information about individual fellowship requirements is listed in the descriptions on the Long-Term Fellowship and Short-Term Fellowship pages.

Please consider the following key areas of eligibility before applying for a fellowship.

Eligibility Guidelines

  • Postdoctoral scholars are eligible for all Long-Term Fellowships except the École Nationale des Chartes Exchange Fellowship and all Short-Term Fellowships except NCAIS Graduate Student and Lawrence Lipking Fellowships.
  • Tenured scholars are eligible for all Long-Term Fellowships except the École Nationale des Chartes Exchange Fellowship and Monticello College Foundation Fellowship for Women. They are eligible for all Short-Term Fellowships except the NCAIS Graduate Student, Lawrence Lipking, and Frances C. Allen Fellowships.
  • PhD candidates are eligible for the École Nationale des Chartes Exchange Fellowship and for all Short-Term Fellowships except Cappon, IES, and Weinberg Fellowships. PhD Candidates are not eligible for any Long-Term Fellowships except the École Nationale des Chartes Exchange Fellowship.
  • Other graduate students pursuing terminal master’s degrees in non-PhD awarding programs are eligible for all Short-Term Fellowships except Cappon, IES, and Weinberg Fellowships.
  • Independent scholars who do not have institutional academic affiliation are only eligible for the Weinberg Fellowship for Independent Scholars and Researchers.
  • Only women are eligible for Monticello College Foundation Fellowship for Women and Frances C. Allen Fellowship.

Academic Rank Definitions

  • A postdoctoral scholar is anyone who has been awarded a PhD. If a fellowship requires an applicant to be postdoctoral, this status must be achieved by the application deadline. The Newberry will not consider applications from those who expect PhD completion after the application deadline.
  • A PhD candidate is currently enrolled in a PhD program and has advanced to candidacy through approval of the dissertation proposal. This status is equivalent to an “ABD.” All graduate coursework, exams, and other relevant requirements must be completed before the application deadline. If a fellowship requires an applicant to be a PhD candidate, this status must be achieved by the application deadline and maintained in good standing through the tenure of the fellowship. The dissertation advisor must verify applicant’s ABD status in the letter of reference. The Newberry will not consider applications from those who expect PhD candidacy after the application deadline.

Citizenship / Residency

  • United States citizens are eligible for all fellowships.
  • Permanent United States residents who have had at least three years of continuous residence in the U.S. are eligible for all fellowships.
  • Recent United States residents who have had less than three years of continuous residence in the U.S. are eligible for all fellowships except NEH.
  • Only citizens of American Indian heritage are eligible for the Susan Kelly Power and Helen Hornbeck Tanner and Frances C. Allen Fellowships.
  • Citizens of foreign nations are eligible for all fellowships except NEH.
  • Chicago-area residents are eligible for all Long-Term Fellowships and the Power/Tanner, Lipking, Weinberg, and Cappon Short-Term Fellowships but are ineligible for all other Short-Term Fellowships.

Chicago-Area Residency Restrictions

Any scholar whose principal residence or place of employment is located within these counties is identified as a Chicago-area resident. The Chicago area is defined by the following counties:

  • Illinois – Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Will
  • Indiana – Lake, LaPorte, and Porter
  • Wisconsin – Kenosha

Organizational Membership

Some organizations require fellowship applicants to be members of their organization in order to be eligible for certain Short-Term Fellowships. Membership must be in good standing at the time of application and throughout the fellowship tenure in order to receive the following fellowships:

  • American Musicological Society (AMS) Fellowship
  • American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Fellowship
  • American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) Fellowship
  • Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA) Fellowship
  • Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Fellowship
  • The Renaissance Society of America (RSA) Fellowship
  • Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) Fellowship

Institutional Faculty or Student Status

Some fellowships are only available to faculty or students within member schools or organizations.

  • Only faculty members at participating ACM/GLCA schools are eligible for the ACM/GLCA Faculty Fellowship.
  • Only faculty members of IES Programs are eligible for the IES Faculty Fellowship.
  • Only École Nationale des Chartes students, faculty members, or alumni are eligible for the Newberry-École Nationale Exchange Fellowship to the Newberry Library.
  • Only faculty members from participating consortium institutions are eligible for the NCAIS Faculty Fellowship.
  • Only university PhD candidates from participating consortium institutions are eligible for the NCAIS Graduate Student Fellowship.
  • Only faculty members at participating NLUS institutions are eligible for the NLUS Faculty Fellowship.
  • Only faculty and PhD candidates at participating consortium institutions that are not located in the Chicago area are eligible for the Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium Fellowship.
  • Only Northwestern University PhD Candidates are eligible for the Lawrence Lipking Fellowship.
  • Only Oberlin College faculty members are eligible for the Stern Fellowship.

Other Restrictions

  • Former Newberry fellows who have received a Short-Term Fellowship are eligible for a Long-Term Fellowship for the same project; however, they are ineligible for a second Short-Term Fellowship for the same project. The Newberry will not award a second fellowship, either Short- or Long-Term, for a project that has already received a Long-Term Newberry Fellowship.
  • Applicants may apply for both Long- and Short-Term Fellowships in one year, but may only accept one fellowship from the Newberry per fellowship year.