Short-Term Fellowships | Newberry

Short-Term Fellowships

Tarih-i Yeni Dünya, el-musemma be hadis-i nev
Translation: A history of the India of the West
[manuscript] [ca. 1600]
VAULT Ayer MS 612

Deadline: 11:59 PM CST on December 15

Short-Term Fellowships provide opportunities for individuals who have a specific need for the Newberry’s collection. Postdoctoral scholars, PhD candidates, and scholars with terminal degrees who live and work outside of the Chicago metropolitan area are eligible. For exceptions to these restrictions, please read the individual fellowship descriptions listed below.

Most fellowships are available for one month with a stipend of $2,500 per month. Awardees may combine their Newberry fellowship award with sabbatical funding or other stipendiary support. Fellows are welcome to stay in residence at the Newberry beyond the terms of their fellowship, but the amount of their stipend cannot be increased beyond the initial award.

Graduate student applicants must be ABD by the December 15 deadline.

For more information on eligibility, guidelines, and the application process, please visit How to Apply.

The Newberry is no longer accepting applications for the 2017-18 academic year. Please check back in September 2017 for details about the upcoming application cycle.

General Short-Term Fellowships

  • The Newberry Library Short-Term Residential Fellowships for Individual Research are available to scholars who demonstrate a specific need for the Newberry’s collection. This fellowship is open to all fields of study.
  • The John S. Aubrey Fellowship is available to scholars who demonstrate a specific need for the Newberry’s collection. This fellowship is open to all fields of study.

Topic-Specific Short-Term Fellowships

  • The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Fellowship is available to scholars who wish to study the period between 1660 and 1815 and demonstrate a specific need for the Newberry’s collection. Applicants must be members of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies at the time of the application, and, if awarded, through the period of their fellowship.
  • The Charles Montgomery Gray Fellowship is available to scholars who demonstrate a specific need for the Newberry’s collection. This fellowship is open to all fields of study, with preference given to projects in the early modern period or Renaissance, as well as in English history, legal history, or European history.
  • The Arthur and Janet Holzheimer Fellowship in the History of Cartography is available to scholars working on projects related to the history of cartography or projects focusing on cartographic materials in the Newberry’s collection.
  • The Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA) Fellowship is available to scholars working on projects in literary and cultural criticism. Applicants must be members of the Midwest Modern Language Association at the time of application and, if awarded, through the period of their fellowship.
  • The Newberry Library-American Musicological Society (AMS) Fellowship is available to scholars working in music or musicology and demonstrate a specific need for the Newberry’s collection. Applicants must be members of the American Musicological Society at the time of application and, if awarded, through the period of their fellowship.
  • The Newberry Library-American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) Fellowship is available to scholars working in environmental history and demonstrate a specific need for the Newberry’s collection. Applicants within the Chicago metropolitan area are eligible. Applicants must be members of the American Society for Environmental History in good standing at the time of application and, if awarded, through the period of their award.
  • The Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies Fellowships support one postdoctoral scholar and one PhD candidate working on a project in medieval, Renaissance, or early modern studies.
  • The Newberry Library-Jack Miller Center Fellowships are available to scholars whose project advances scholarship in fields of study that will contribute to a deeper understanding of America’s founding principles, history, and wider traditions that influenced its development.
  • The Renaissance Society of America (RSA) Fellowship is available to postdoctoral scholars and PhD candidates at any stage of their career and in any field of study. Applicants must be members of the Renaissance Society of America in good standing at the time of application and, if selected, through the period of their award. Completed applications must be submitted directly to the RSA by November 10; please refer to the RSA’s Fellowships page for additional information, including stipend details and application guidelines. Applicants who wish to be considered for other Short-Term Fellowships must submit a complete application to the Newberry.
  • The Renaissance Society of America-Kress Foundation (RSA-Kress) Fellowship is available to postdoctoral scholars and PhD candidates who are working on an European art history project covering the period prior to 1830. Applicants must be members of the Renaissance Society of America in good standing at the time of application and, if selected, through the period of their award. Completed applications must be submitted directly to the RSA by November 10; please refer to the RSA’s Fellowships page for additional information, including stipend details and application guidelines. Applicants who wish to be considered for other Short-Term Fellowships must submit a complete application to the Newberry.
  • The Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Illinois Fellowship is available to scholars whose project is related to early American or Transatlantic history.

Short-Term Fellowships for Scholars of North American Indian Heritage

  • The Frances C. Allen Fellowship supports women of American Indian heritage. Preference for this award is given to non-tenured women working in any graduate or pre-professional field. This fellowship is open to all fields of study. Recipients are expected to work closely with members of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies during their residency.
  • The Susan Kelly Power and Helen Hornbeck Tanner Fellowship supports scholars of American Indian heritage. This fellowship is open to all fields of study. Applicants within the Chicago metropolitan area are eligible.

Consortium Member Short-Term Fellowship

  • The Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS) Faculty Fellowship provides one month of support to a faculty member from an institution participating in the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies. Applicants must be working on a project in American Indian Studies. Applicants within the Chicago metropolitan area are eligible. The stipend is $5,000 for one month in residence.
  • The Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS) Graduate Student Fellowships provides one to two months of support to graduate students from an institution participating in the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies. Applicants must be working on a project in American Indian Studies. Recipients are expected to present their research at the consortium’s annual graduate student conference or at a Newberry sponsored seminar in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. NCAIS Graduate Student Fellowships may be used to fund research at institutions other than the Newberry. Applicants within the Chicago metropolitan area are eligible. Applicants must have their project approved by their NCAIS faculty liaison and upload this additional form to their application in order to apply.
  • The Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium Fellowships provides two one-month fellowships to a postdoctoral scholar and a PhD candidate from an institution outside of the Chicago metropolitan area participating in the Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium. Applicants must be working on a project in medieval, Renaissance, or early modern studies. Full-time faculty members, adjunct faculty, librarians, and curators are eligible as postdoctoral scholars; preference will be given to non-tenured faculty.

Collection-Specific Short-Term Fellowship

  • The Rudolph Ganz Short-Term Fellowship supports scholars using the Rudolph Ganz Papers and other late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century materials related to Chicago music in that period. Ganz’s papers include musical compositions of this world-renowned concert pianist, composer, conductor, and educator, as well as articles, speeches, lectures and essays by him, and two recordings. The collection also includes correspondence to and from prominent musical figures, family correspondence, clippings, photographs, programs, and other artifacts.

Documentary Editing Short-Term Fellowship

  • The Lester J. Cappon Fellowship in Documentary Editing supports researchers working on historical editing projects in preparation of a scholarly edition. Only postdoctoral scholars are eligible. The project must be based on sources held in the Newberry’s collection. Applicants within the Chicago metropolitan area are eligible. Up to two months of support are available.

Short-Term Fellowship for Writers, Artists, and Other Humanists

  • The Arthur and Lila Weinberg Fellowship for Independent Researchers is designated for writers, journalists, filmmakers, visual and performing artists, and other humanists who wish to use the Newberry’s collection to further their creative work. Preference is given to individuals working on projects that focus on social justice or reform. Applicants must be individuals working outside of traditional academic settings, who are not employed as, or seeking employment as, full-time academic faculty. Recipients may be asked to present their work to the scholarly community at the Newberry during their residency. Applicants within the Chicago metropolitan area are eligible. One month of funding is available; however, local recipients may choose to distribute their time over several months.

Joint Institution Short-Term Fellowships

  • The John Rylands Research Institute Fellowship provides two months of support for a project that requires use of collections at the Newberry and the John Rylands Library in Manchester, England. One month in residence at each library is required and the recipient should plan to visit the libraries sequentially to ensure continuity of research. The stipend for this fellowship is $2,500 from the Newberry Library, £1,500 from the John Rylands Library, and an additional $1,000 (or the equivalent in English pounds) for travel. While all application materials should be submitted to the Newberry, the applications will be reviewed by experts at both institutions.
  • The Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel Joint Fellowship adds an additional month of support to a Short-Term Fellowship for research at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany. The proposed project must describe the materials to be consulted at both the Newberry Library and the Herzog August Bibliothek. The recipient should plan to visit the libraries sequentially to ensure continuity of research. The Herzog August Bibliothek provides 1,050 EUR per month plus up to 600 EUR for travel expenses.

Institution-Specific Short-Term Fellowships

  • The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) Faculty Fellowships are available to faculty members from any IES Center. Only postdoctoral scholars are eligible. Two one-month fellowships are available with a stipend of $1,200 per month as well as travel and lodging expenses.
  • The Lawrence Lipking Fellowship enables a qualified Northwestern University PhD English candidate to spend one quarter conducting research full time at the Newberry. The stipend is equivalent to a Northwestern University Fellowship stipend; tuition will be provided for the quarter. Recipients are expected to present their research at a Newberry Colloquium, a chapter of their dissertation at a Fellows’ Seminar, and participate in the scholarly community during their residency. In the unlikely event that no graduate student in English should qualify, the fellowship will be opened up to other Northwestern departments. Only one letter of recommendation is required to apply.

Short-Term Exchange Fellowship

  • The École Nationale des Chartes Exchange Fellowship allows one PhD candidate to spend a semester abroad at the École Nationale des Chartes in Paris and one affiliate of the École Nationale des Chartes to travel to Chicago to conduct research at the Newberry. The École Nationale des Chartes is the oldest institution in Europe specializing in the archival sciences, including paleography, bibliography, textual editing, and the history of the book.
    • To be eligible to study at the École, applicants must be PhD candidates from a U.S. or Canadian university who have achieved ABD status by the application deadline. Applications from students who are in the early stages of their dissertation are especially encouraged to apply. The applicant should provide specific information about their need for the training available at the École des Chartes and how it will contribute to their dissertation or future projects. Applicants are required to submit a fourth letter from their university certifying French language fluency. Preference will be given to students attending institutions that are members of the Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium. The fellowship covers auditor tuition and a portion of living expenses (up to one term) in Paris for a period of three months. It is strongly recommended that the recipient be in residence at the École during the fall semester.
    • Students, faculty members, and alumni of the École Nationale des Chartes are eligible to apply for the exchange program to conduct research at the Newberry. If selected by the École Nationale des Chartes, the recipient is required to submit an abstract, project description, and CV in English to the Newberry. The Newberry will provide a stipend of $2,500.
      • Applications must be made directly to the École Nationale des Chartes at the following address: Relations internationales et Stages, International relations, École nationale des chartes, 65 Rue de Richelieu, 75002 Paris, France