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Folger Shakespeare Library

Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

Receipt Deadline: November 1, 2017

Known primarily for its Shakespeare collection, the Folger supports research on all aspects of British and European literary, cultural, political, religious, and social history from the fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries. The Folger holds the largest collection—outside the UK—of early English books printed before 1640, including 116,000 books printed from 1475 to 1800, manuscripts, and art and film collections.

Host Institutions: Folger Shakespeare Library
Location: Washington, DC
Point of Contact: Amanda Herbert, Assistant Director for Fellowships
Phone: (202) 675-0348

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.