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Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

Receipt Deadline: January 15, 2015

Winterthur is a public museum, library, and garden that supports the advanced study of American art, culture, and history. The collections consist of American material culture with strong supporting resources in British and Continental art and culture.

Winterthur offers an extensive program of short-and long-term fellowships open to academic, independent, and museum scholars, including advanced graduate students. Resources for research from the seventeenth to the early twentieth centuries include period trade catalogs, auction and exhibition catalogs, an extensive reference photograph collection of decorative arts, printed books, manuscripts, and ephemera. Museum collections include artifacts and works of art made or used in America to 1860, with a strong emphasis on domestic life. Winterthur supports a program of scholarly publications, including Winterthur Portfolio: A Journal of American Material Culture.

NEH fellowships are available for 2015-2016. NEH Fellows must have received the Ph.D. prior to the application deadline. NEH Fellows receive office space and computer support and 24-hour access to the library’s circulating collections. Museum collections access is available for artifact-based research. A furnished stone farmhouse on the Winterthur grounds serves as the fellows’ residence. NEH Fellows also participate in the lively scholarly community at Winterthur, the nearby Hagley Museum and Library, the University of Delaware, and other area cultural institutions.

Host Institutions: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Location: Winterthur, DE
Point of Contact: Coordinator, Research Fellowship Program
Phone: (302) 888-4637

About NEH Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

The National Endowment for the Humanities provides grants to independent centers for advanced study and international research organizations to support fellowship programs for humanities scholars through its Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI). NEH fellowships provide scholars with stipends, a collegial environment, and access to resources that might not be available at their home institutions.

Fellowship programs may be administered by independent centers for advanced study, libraries, and museums in the United States, or American overseas research centers or other organizations that have expertise in promoting research on foreign cultures. The centers and organizations establish their own peer review procedures for the selection of NEH grant recipients and administer the awards. NEH provides funding for humanities fellowships of four to twelve months.

Amount of Award

Amount of the award will vary by the number and length of the fellowships offered by the host institution.


Centers and organizations applying for these grants may not be affiliated with an institution of higher education and must be independently governed, financed, and administered. In addition, they must have a pre-existing fellowship program maintained with non-NEH funding. Eligibility for NEH fellowships at these research institutions is limited to United States citizens and foreign nationals who have been residents in the United States for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline for the grant. NEH research opportunities are intended for persons who have already completed their formal academic training. Consequently, persons seeking support for work in pursuit of a degree are not eligible for NEH fellowships and research grants.

How to Apply

For more information and application instructions, please visit the program website listed above.