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

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


  • Applications open on Tuesday, November 1, 2022
  • Applications are due by Wednesday, February 1, 2023
  • Notifications will be sent by Monday, April 3, 2023
  • Residency period and award may be used between Monday, May 1, 2023 and Friday, August 16, 2024


Submit the following via our online application in Submittable by February 1.

  • 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