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Newberry Library

Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

Receipt Deadline: November 15, 2017

The Newberry Library, founded in 1887, is an independently governed and funded research library dedicated primarily to study in the humanities. The Newberry’s core collection strengths lie in the areas of American Indian and Indigenous Studies; American history and culture; Chicago and the Midwest; genealogy and local history; the history of the book; manuscripts and archives; maps, travel, and exploration; the Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern world; music and dance; and religion. The library’s growing collections include books, manuscript material, pamphlets, and historic maps. A variety of fellowships, conferences, and seminars enriches the Newberry's academic community.

Host Institutions: The Newberry Library
Location: Chicago, IL
Point of Contact: Research and Academic Programs Office
Phone: (312) 255-3533

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.