The Lilly Library invites applications for visiting fellowships for research in residence in its collections. The Lilly Library is the principal rare book and manuscript library of Indiana University. Its holdings support research in British, French, and American literature and history; the literature of voyages and exploration, specifically the European expansion in the Americas; early printing, and the Church, children’s literature, music; film, radio and television; medicine, science, and architecture; and food and drink. For both awards, candidates are encouraged to inquire about the appropriateness of a proposed topic before applying.
The Library offers two types of visiting fellowships:
- The Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship program supports research in the collections of the Lilly Library for scholars residing outside the Bloomington area. Project proposals should demonstrate that the Lilly Library’s resources are integral to proposed research topics. Successful applicants will receive an award of up to $2,500 in support of travel, living, and/or research expenses. Awards must be used by December 20 of the calendar year following that in which the Fellowship is awarded.
- The Mendel Visiting Fellowships are intended to support research in the collections of the Lilly Library by scholars residing outside the Bloomington area in subjects of particular interest to Johanna Lenz Mendel and Bernardo Mendel. These subjects include the history of the Spanish Colonial Empire; Latin American independence movements; European expansion in the Americas; voyages, travels and exploration; geography, navigation and cartography; German literature and history; and music, including sheet music. Successful applicants will receive an award of up to $5,000 in support of travel, living, and/or research expenses.