How to Apply

Our special collections research fellowships all have the same eligibility requirements and follow a shared timeline.


  • 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

We typically will not grant fellowships to individuals who live within a 100-mile radius of Ann Arbor, Michigan.


  • Applications open on  Wednesday, November 1, 2023
  • Applications are due by Thursday, February 1, 2024
  • Notifications will be sent by  Monday, April 1, 2024
  • Residency period and award may be used between Monday, May 6, 2024 and Friday, August 15, 2025


Plan to submit:

  • 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 of the collection material you expect to consult
  • Two letters of support
  • Curriculum vitae or resume