The John Carter Brown Library (JCB) is an independently funded center for advanced research in history and the humanities, founded in 1846 and located on the campus of Brown University since 1901.
The library’s collection consists of primary printed sources (books, pamphlets, maps) and manuscripts relating to all aspects of the discovery, exploration, settlement, and development of the Americas during the colonial period (1492 – ca. 1825). The library’s principal holdings emphasize such diverse areas as European accounts of the Americas, Native American languages, American revolutionary pamphlets, Brazileana and Caribbeana. Maritime history and the comparative history of the Americas – Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch, English, African, Amerindian – are particular subjects of interest. The library awards approximately thirty short-term fellowships (two to four months each at $2,100 per month) each year, which are open to citizens of every country and to both pre- and post-doctoral candidates, and independent scholars, and six to eight long-term post-doctoral fellowships (five to ten months each at $4,200 per month), supported by the NEH and endowed JCB funds.
NEH fellowships are restricted to U.S. citizens or to foreign nationals who have lived in this country for three years immediately preceding the application deadline for the grant. Degree candidates and individuals seeking support for work in pursuit of a degree are not eligible to hold long-term JCB fellowships. Advanced degree candidates must have completed all requirements, except for the actual conferral of the degree, by the application deadline. Prospective applicants should contact the John Carter Brown Library for further details. Application instructions are available at johncarter.brown.edu. Up to three NEH fellowships will be available for the 2016-2017 year.