The Huntington Library awards over 150 research fellowships annually.

Recipients of all fellowships are expected to be in continuous residence at The Huntington and to participate in, and make a contribution to, its intellectual life. Long-term fellows are expected to present at a two-day introductory symposium in September and to participate in weekly working group sessions from October to May.

The Huntington is a collections-based research institute, which promotes humanities scholarship on the basis of its library holdings and art collections. The Art Collections feature European and American art spanning more than 500 years, with diverse strengths ranging from Renaissance Italian bronzes to British grand manner portrait paintings to early American folk art to 20th-century drawings, prints, and photography. The Library holds more than 11 million items that span the 11th to the 21st century. Its diverse materials center on 14 intersecting collection strengths.

In addition to reinterpreting the well-known highlights of our collections, thereby connecting them with new and broader audiences, we aim to inspire future generations of scholars and artists by providing greater access to all of our collections.

Applicants for long-term (yearlong) fellowships must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. at the time of application. That is to say, only those who hold a Ph.D. or who have successfully defended a dissertation by the application deadline are eligible. Applicants do not need to have formally graduated to apply.

Short-term fellowships (of five months or less) and travel grants/exchange fellowships (for study abroad) are open to both doctoral candidates who have advanced to candidacy (ABD) at the time of the application deadline and to faculty members and other postdoctoral scholars.

Note: Applicants do not need to mention specific fellowships in their applications. However, the Huntington does offer a number of specialized fellowships, which include (but are not limited to):

  • Octavia E. Butler Fellowship for the study of Octavia E. Butler, science fiction and/or her archives
  • Francis Bacon Foundation Fellowships in the history and literature of Renaissance England
  • The Cheng Fellowship in the History of the Asian American Experience in the United States
  • The Trent R. Dames Fellowship in the History of Civil Engineering
  • The Dibner Fellowship in the History of Science and Technology
  • The Duncan Gleason Fellowship in California Maritime History
  • Huntington Fellowship in the Materiality of Print Culture
  • Christopher Isherwood Foundation Fellowships
  • The Gloria R. Lothrop Fellowship in Western American Women’s History
  • Elizabeth B. Motika Fellowship in Architectural History
  • The Reese Fellowship in American Bibliography and the History of the Book in the Americas
  • The Francis J. Weber Research Fellowship in Roman Catholic History
  • The Howard and Dawn Weinbrot Research Fellowship for the study of Eighteenth-Century British Society and Culture

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