The Newberry Library provides numerous long-term fellowships to enable scholars to work on projects related to the Newberry’s Core Collection. Researchers with long-term fellowships spend four to nine months immersed in the Newberry collection and in our community of learning. Long-term fellowships include:

General fellowships supporting scholars working in any field:

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships
  • The Mellon Foundation Fellowship

Topic specific fellowships:

  • Richard H. Brown/William Lloyd Barber Fellowships – American history
  • The Evelyn Dunbar and Ruth Dunbar Davee Fellowship – music
  • Lloyd Lewis Fellowships in American History
  • The Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel Fellowship – history and literature in the Late Medieval and Early Modern period
  • The Monticello College Foundation Fellowship for Women
  • Rudolph Ganz Fellowship for research using the Rudolph Ganz Papers and other late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century materials related to Chicago music in that period
  • The Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel Joint Fellowships – adds one additional month of support to a long-term fellowship for research at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany

Special note for Chicago residents: 

Long-term fellowships are not available to Chicago residents. If you live or work in the Chicago metropolitan area, you may be eligible for a short-term fellowship at the Newberry.


Long-term fellowships are open only to scholars who have been awarded a PhD or other equivalent terminal degree by the application deadline.

The majority of Newberry fellowships are open to scholars of any nationality. Exceptions include long-term fellowships funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, which require recipients be either US citizens or foreign nationals who have been in the US for three years before applying.


The deadline for long-term fellowships is November 1.

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