Fellowships | Newberry


Newberry Long-Term Fellow Kim Welch studies reference sources in the library’s General Collections Reading Room.

The Newberry’s long-standing fellowship program was created to provide outstanding scholars with the time, space, and community required to pursue innovative and ground-breaking scholarship. In addition to our intriguing and often rare materials, we promise fellows access to a lively, interdisciplinary community of researchers; individual consultations with staff curators, reference librarians, and other knowledgeable scholars; and an array of both scholarly and public programs–all of which will contribute to your ability to advance scholarship in your field, develop new interpretations, and expand our understanding of the past in ways that can help us better understand the present.

Applicants for Long- and Short-Term Fellowships must follow the guidelines listed on our How to Apply page. Incomplete applications and applicants who do not meet eligibility requirements will not be considered. Please note that awards cannot be deferred; fellowship residencies must be continuous and occur between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

Long-Term Fellowships
Fellowships are available for 4 to 9 months; applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM CST on November 15. 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).

Short-Term Fellowships
Fellowships are available for 1 to 2 months; applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM CST on December 15. These fellowships are intended to assist researchers who need to examine specific items in the Newberry’s collection. These “travel-to-collection” grants are mainly restricted to individuals who live outside of the Chicago metropolitan area (please see individual fellowship descriptions for exceptions).

Teacher Programs Fellowships
Fellowships are administered by the department of Professional Development Programs for Teachers. Please visit their page for more information.

Funding for Newberry Fellowships is provided by:

Frances C. Allen Fund
American Musicological Society
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
American Society for Environmental History
Anonymous Donors
Associated Colleges of the Midwest / Great Lakes Colleges Association, Inc.
Lester J. Cappon Fund
Jack Conroy Memorial Fund
École Nationale des Chartes
Hanna Gray
David and Celia Hilliard
Arthur and Janet Holzheimer
Institute for the International Education of Students
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
Northwestern University
Susan Kelly Power and Helen Hornbeck Tanner Fund
The Renaissance Society of America
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