Eligibility Requirements | Newberry

Eligibility Requirements

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Please consider the following general eligibility requirements before applying for a Newberry fellowship. Some specific fellowships have additional eligibility requirements; please see the descriptions listed under Long-Term Fellowships, Short-Term Fellowships, and Publication Subventions for further details.

Academic Qualifications

Long-Term Fellowships are open only to postdoctoral scholars who have been awarded the PhD degree or other equivalent terminal degree by the Newberry’s application deadline.

Short-Term Fellowships are open to faculty members and postdoctoral scholars; PhD candidates with “All But Dissertation” (ABD) status; and scholars with terminal degrees in areas that do not offer a PhD (such as MFA, MLIS, MSW, JD, etc.).

The Newberry will only consider applicants who have achieved ABD status or terminal degree status by the Newberry’s application deadline. Applicants pursuing masters degrees in fields that grant PhDs are not eligible for Newberry fellowships. The Jan and Frank Cicero, the Arthur and Lila Weinberg Fellowship, and the Newberry Historical Fiction Writing Fellowship are exceptions to this rule, as they are open to individuals who do not have an advanced degree or are not working in academia, and who are working on creative projects.


  • United States citizens are eligible for all Newberry 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 the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowships.
  • Citizens of foreign nations are eligible for all fellowships except the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowships.
  • Only applicants of North American Indian heritage are eligible for the Susan Kelly Power and Helen Hornbeck Tanner and Frances C. Allen Fellowships.

Chicago-Area Applicants

Applicants whose principal residence or place of employment is located within the Chicago-metropolitan area are not eligible for Short-Term Fellowships. The exceptions to this rule are the ASEH, Cicero, NCAIS Faculty, NCAIS Graduate, Power-Tanner, Lipking, Weinberg, Cappon, and Newberry Historical Fiction Writing Short-Term Fellowships.

The Newberry defines the Chicago-metropolitan area as the following counties:

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


Some Short-Term Fellowships are offered in partnership with academic organizations that require applicants to be members in order to be eligible for an award (examples include the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowship and the Midwest Modern Languages Association Fellowship). Applicants are welcome to join these organizations before the Newberry’s application deadline in order to be considered for a fellowship. Please see Short-Term Fellowship descriptions for more information.

Past Awards

Applicants who have received a previous Newberry Short-Term Fellowship are eligible for a Long-Term Fellowship, either to continue work on the same project or work on a different one. Previous recipients of Short-Term Fellowships are ineligible for a second Short-Term Fellowship for the same project. The Newberry will not award a second fellowship (long-term or short-term) to a project that has already received a Long-Term Fellowship. Previous recipients of Long-Term Fellowships cannot apply for a subsequent Long-Term Fellowship for a period of five years following their initial fellowship.