Heidrich Research Fellowship

The William P. Heidrich Visiting Research Fellowship is open to researchers whose work would benefit from onsite access to the Joseph A. Labadie Collection.

The Labadie Collection is the country's oldest publicly accessible archive that documents the history of social protest movements and marginalized political communities.

Its holdings include pamphlets, photographs, letters, and other materials related to anarchism, atheism and free thought, civil liberties and civil rights, labor and worker’s rights, LGBTIQ+ movements, and much more.


  • Researchers from around the world can apply.
  • We do not require institutional or academic credentials.
  • Projects can be academic, journalistic, or creative.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

What it covers

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 project and how materials from the Labadie Collection are central to your work. Be as specific as possible.
  • Personal statement: In 500 words or less, tell us about yourself and your goals.
  • Two letters of support
  • Curriculum vitae or resume

Applications are currently closed.

Questions? Contact the Special Collections Research Center at labadie-collection@umich.edu.