Scholar-in-Residence Program | Newberry

Scholar-in-Residence Program

Newberry scholars in the Reference Room

The Scholar-in-Residence Program serves to provide an intellectual community for postdoctoral scholars conducting humanities research in the Newberry’s collection. Although the Newberry cannot offer remuneration to Scholars-in-Residence, participants have access to the Newberry during extended hours, personal research space, and opportunities to present work-in-progress to local scholarly communities. 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.

Scholars-in-Residence are expected to be in residence at the Newberry as needed, publish or otherwise disseminate their research, and participate in the Newberry’s community. Residency can be renewed; acceptance is contingent upon participation in events and yearly attendance.

Applications for the program are accepted each year on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified of their status within a month of their application.

Please read the application guidelines on this page carefully before submitting your application.

If you have any questions about SlideRroom, application materials, or the Scholars-in-Residence program, please email

For more information about current participants and their projects, please visit Current Scholars-in-Residence.

Apply to be a Newberry Library Scholar-in-Residence

Using SlideRoom

  • All application materials must be submitted together electronically through our application software, SlideRoom.
  • 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.
  • After you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email from SlideRoom.

Required Materials

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

1. The application asks for contact information, project information, and other details pertaining to being a Scholar-in-Residence at the Newberry. The Scholar-in-Residence application can be found here. Remember:

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.

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. 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)

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