Heid Research Fellowships

The Ralph C. and Mary Lynn Heid Rare Materials Research Fellowship is open to researchers whose work would benefit from substantial onsite access to our special collections, including those held in the Special Collections Research Center and the Stephen S. Clark Library.

Collections that are out of scope for this fellowship include the Joseph A. Labadie Collection and the Papyrology Collection.


  • Open to applicants of all nationalities 
  • Specific institutional or academic credentials not required
  • Projects can be academic, journalistic, or creative 
  • Non-U.S. citizens are required to obtain a J-1 visa if accepted

Researchers who live within commuting distance of the library are not typically granted fellowships.

Level of support

Our fellows are awarded:

  • $1,500 for a project requiring a residence of one week or more
  • $3,000 for a project requiring a residence of three weeks or more

How to apply

Plan to submit the following:

  • Project proposal: In 500 words or less, describe your proposed research and how special collections materials are central to your work. Be as specific as possible. 
  • Description or preliminary list (one page max) of the collection material you expect to consult
  • Two letters of support
  • Curriculum vitae or resume

Applications are currently closed.

Questions? Contact Martha O’Hara Conway at moconway@umich.edu.