Scholar-in-Residence Program

Exploring items from the collection.
Exploring items from the collection.

The Scholar-in-Residence program at the Newberry encourages postdoctoral scholars in the humanities to conduct research in our collection and to join our community of scholars for an academic year. Scholars-in-Residence at the Newberry are expected to publish or otherwise disseminate their research, participate in the Newberry’s intellectual community, and be willing to provide service to the Newberry. Although the Newberry cannot offer remuneration to Scholars-in-Residence, we can offer some privileges, including reserve space for paged materials, access to the Newberry during extended hours, and opportunities to present work-in-progress to the Newberry’s scholarly community. The experience of the Newberry’s fellows, staff, and readers is much enhanced by the contributions that Scholars-in-Residence make to our shared intellectual life each year.

Please be aware that carrel space is limited and therefore it is most likely that newly-selected scholars will be assigned reserve shelves in the General Reading Room rather than a carrel. Scholars whose attendance and use of the collection is most intensive are given the highest priority for carrel space. Scholars-in-Residence who have shelves will be eligible to move to carrels if and when carrels become available. Residency is measured by the number of days spent at the Newberry, as recorded at the security kiosk.

Applications to become a Scholar-in-Residence are accepted each year in the spring. The applications for the 2014-15 academic year are due on May 1, 2014. We expect to notify applicants about their acceptance in June 2014. We expect new Scholars-in-Residence to begin their residences on September 2, 2014, so that they can join the new long-term fellows in Fall Orientation activities.

If you have any questions about the web form, application materials, or the Scholars-in-Residence program, please email research@newberry.org.

Apply to be a Newberry Library Scholar-in-Residence

Please read the following Application Guidelines carefully before submitting your application.

Application Guidelines

Using the Web Form

All application materials must be submitted together electronically through the appropriate Newberry Library web form. The web form cannot be submitted partially, nor can it be revised once it has been submitted. Applicants must complete the web form and upload their project description, CV, and publication list in order for their application to be considered complete.

The Newberry will not accept re-submissions of materials. Once an application has been submitted, the Newberry will not accept any revisions or updates.

The Newberry will not accept application materials through postal or electronic mail.

PDF files are preferred but not required. The server will accept .doc, .docx, or .pdf files.

The Newberry server cannot accept attachments larger than 10 MB.

After you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation screen. You will also receive an electronically generated email within 24 hours. If you have not received an email within the allotted time, please check your spam folder before contacting us.

Required Materials

The Scholar-in-Residence application consists of four elements, which will be reviewed by the Newberry’s Academic Council.

1. The Web Form, which asks for contact information, project information, and other details pertaining to being a Scholar-in-Residence at the Newberry. The Scholar-in-Residence Web Form can be found here. Remember: Web forms cannot be saved for submission at a later date, and the Newberry will not accept additional or amended application materials once it has been submitted.

2. A Project Description of no more than 1,000 words. This document should describe the research project, explain its significance, enumerate the Newberry materials to be consulted, and outline a plan of work. When prompted, upload the project description to the web form.

Please note that candidates’ need for and intensive use of the Newberry’s collection is a crucial factor in our consideration of applications. Thus, please be as specific as possible about the Newberry materials you would like to use. When appropriate, please make specific reference to previous published scholarship that will be revised or supplanted by the proposed project. For information about the Newberry’s collection, see our Core Collections and consult the Online Catalog.

3. A current Curriculum Vitae (CV) of no more than five pages. Upload your CV to the web form when prompted. Please use the following commonly accepted terms to describe forthcoming publications:

  • “in progress” (not yet completed or submitted)
  • “submitted” (currently under review at a journal or press)
  • “accepted” (contracted for publication; currently under revision)
  • “in press” (in the hands of copy editor, typesetter, or printer)

4. A separate list of your scholarship published in the last five years, for which you made substantial use of the Newberry’s collection. The list may include books, journal articles, and peer-reviewed online publications. Upload your publications list to the web form when prompted.

Please Note: The Newberry will not accept applications which include any materials in excess of the Required Materials. Excessive materials include but are not limited to:

  • Images (either embedded or in appendices)
  • Project descriptions, appendices, or bibliographies exceeding the word limit
  • CVs longer than the five-page limit
  • Personal cover letters
  • Audio-visual materials