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Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Scholars for Short-Term Humanities Studies


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Short-Term Fellowships

The Newberry

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #198319

Grant Description

Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International scholars to pursue humanities-related projects at an institute in Illinois. Funding is intended to facilitate research and the use of the Foundation's resources for a limited period of time. Several categories of fellowships are available. Applications that propose productive use of the Newberry’s collections are more likely to receive fellowship awards. The fellowships will take place at the Newberry in Chicago.

Short-Term Fellowships provide opportunities for individuals who have a specific need for the Newberry’s collection. Most fellowships are available for one month. Awardees may combine their Newberry fellowship award with sabbatical funding or other stipendiary support. Fellows are welcome to stay in residence at the Newberry beyond the terms of their fellowship, but the amount of their stipend cannot be increased beyond the initial award.

Short-Term Fellowship Categories:

  • Topic-Specific Short-Term Fellowships
  • Short-Term Fellowships for Scholars of North American Indian Heritage
  • Consortium Member Short-Term Fellowships
  • Collection-Specific Short-Term Fellowship
  • Documentary Editing Short-Term Fellowship
  • Artist-in-Residence Fellowships
  • Joint Institution Short-Term Fellowships
  • Institution-Specific Short-Term Fellowship
  • Short-Term Exchange Fellowships

For additional information on these categories, see URL for Full Text (RFP). 

Short-Term Fellowships at the Newberry require continuous residency. In rare circumstances and cases of special need, a request to divide the months awarded, will be considered, as long as they are taken during the same fellowship year. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Newberry for their entire fellowship period without any major interruptions. Fellows should be at the Newberry at least four days per week and participate in the scholarly life of the institution. Exceptions are made for academic conferences and family obligations, but lengthy (beyond a day or two) or unexpected absences will need the approval of the Vice President for Research and Academic Programs.

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Postdoctoral scholars, PhD candidates, and scholars with terminal degrees who live and work outside of the Chicago metropolitan area are eligible.

Short-Term Fellowships are open to faculty members and postdoctoral scholars; PhD candidates with “All But Dissertation” (ABD) status; and scholars with terminal degrees in areas that do not offer a PhD (such as MFA, MLIS, MSW, JD, etc.).

Graduate student applicants must be ABD by the application deadline.

- The majority of Newberry short-term fellowships are open to scholars of any nationality.
- Citizens of foreign nations are eligible for all fellowships except the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowships.
- The Newberry is eligible to sponsor international scholars under the J-1 visa.
- Only applicants of North American Indian heritage are eligible for the Susan Kelly Power and Helen Hornbeck Tanner and Frances C. Allen Fellowships.

If you live or work in the Chicago-metropolitan area, you may be eligible for a short-term fellowship at the Newberry. For additional information, see:

The Newberry defines the Chicago-metropolitan area as the following counties:
- In Illinois – Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Will
- In Indiana – Lake, LaPorte, and Porter
- In Wisconsin – Kenosha

Some Short-Term Fellowships are offered in partnership with academic organizations that require applicants to be members in order to be eligible for an award (examples include the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowship and the Midwest Modern Languages Association Fellowship). Applicants are welcome to join these organizations before the Newberry’s application deadline in order to be considered for a fellowship.

Applicants pursuing master's degrees in fields that grant PhDs are not eligible for Newberry fellowships. The Jan and Frank Cicero, the Arthur and Lila Weinberg Fellowship, and the Newberry Historical Fiction Writing Fellowship are exceptions to this rule, as they are open to individuals who do not have an advanced degree or are not working in academia, and who are working on creative projects.

Previous recipients of Short-Term Fellowships are ineligible for a second Short-Term Fellowship for the same project.

The Newberry will not award a second fellowship (long-term or short-term) to a project that has already received a Long-Term Fellowship.

The Newberry does not offer scholarships or tuition assistance for undergraduate or graduate education.

Pre-Application Information:

- The deadline for Short-Term Fellowship applications is 11:59 PM CST on December 15.
- Recommenders have a ten-day grace period to submit their letter of recommendation; letters will not be accepted after December 25.
- Short-term applicants will be notified of their status in late April/early May.

Letters of Recommendation must be submitted via the link provided by SlideRoom. Letters received via post, email, or after the grace period will not be accepted. Letters of recommendation should be written in English.

Short-Term applicants will be prompted in SlideRoom to select all fellowships for which they wish to apply.

Applicants may apply for both a Long- and Short-Term Fellowship in the same year. However, applicants can only accept one fellowship from the Newberry per fellowship year. Those receiving a Long-Term Fellowship will automatically be removed from consideration for a Short-Term Fellowship.

Applicants applying for both the Long- and Short-Term Fellowships must submit separate applications by their respective deadlines.

Applicants may only submit one project per fellowship type (i.e., Long-Term or Short-Term) each year.

After an application has been submitted successfully, applicants will see a confirmation screen with a confirmation number. An email confirmation with the same information will also be sent from SlideRoom.

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Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

The Newberry typically awards roughly 45 Short-Term Fellowships.

Estimated Size of Grant:

$3,000 stipend.

Term of Contract:

- Most fellowships are available for one month.
- Short-Term Fellows may begin their residency during any month of the year, with orientation sessions on the first and third Tuesday of the month (exceptions are made for holidays that fall on a Tuesday).
- Fellowships awarded for the 2022-23 academic year must be continuous and should start after June 1, 2022 and conclude before August 31, 2023.
- Fellowships must be taken during the academic year for which they are awarded. For Short-Term Fellowships, this includes a fifteen-month window from June 1 and August 31 of the awarded academic year.
- Stipends are available to fellows upon arrival to the Newberry. Stipends can be processed through a fellow’s home institution.

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