Houghton Library at Harvard University has historically focused on collecting the written record of European and Eurocentric North American culture, yet it holds a large and diverse amount of primary sources valuable for research on the languages, culture and history of indigenous peoples of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania. The library particularly welcomes proposals that reexamine its collections through a global lens and/or demonstrate how the holdings of a rare book and manuscript library can contribute to discourse around contemporary social, political, and cultural issues. New fellowships on gender and sexuality studies in the performing arts, and early modern black lives underscore Houghton’s commitment to diversifying perspectives on our collections.

Fellows will receive a $4,500 stipend and are expected to be in residence at Houghton for four weeks within their fellowship year (July through June), though these do not have to be consecutive weeks.

Applicants should ensure that Houghton is the holding repository for collections they wish to consult. Applications that do not list materials held by Houghton Library will not be considered.


  • Doctoral students, post-doctoral, academics and independent scholars, as well as curators, and other library, archive and museum professionals, are welcome to apply.
  • Open to candidates of all nationalities.

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