DEADLINE EXTENDED: Pequot Library 2020 Dillon Fellowship Call for Applications

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May 16, 2020
Connecticut, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Childhood and Education, Library and Information Science, Literature, Humanities

Pequot Library in Southport, CT is pleased to announce the first year of the Dillon Fellowship program, which will provide support to researchers working on the library’s collections for projects lasting between one week and one month.  The Dillon Fellowship, supported by a generous donation from the Dillon Fund, will provide a stipend and living expenses for fellows, not including housing, for two fellows a year.  Dillon Fellows will conduct research that draws on any aspect of our holdings.  We are particularly interested in proposals focused on the history of libraries, but any projects that incorporate Pequot’s rare books and archival materials will be considered.  Among the library’s noted strengths are its collections of Americana, local history, fine arts press, and historic children’s books, as well as its well-preserved pamphlets and printed ephemeral materials from the late eighteenth through the nineteenth centuries. 


Fellowships are open to graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, professional academics, independent scholars, and professionals working in archives, libraries, or museums.  In addition to a CV and a brief budget, applicants will be asked to submit a description of their proposed research project of no more than 1,500 words that includes an overview of the sources from Pequot’s collection they expect to consult.  Applications should also indicate the proposed research outputs to which an award of the Dillon Fellowship will contribute (i.e. articles, conference papers, thesis chapters, etc.).  All fellows will be asked to produce a brief report of their research at the conclusion of the fellowship, and will be invited to give a lecture or other agreed upon public program at Pequot Library relating to the project undertaken as a Dillon Fellow.


The amount granted for each stipend will vary based on the length of the proposed project and the cost of travel, within a range of $700 to $3,000.


Inquiries and completed applications should be directed to  For more information about Pequot Library’s Special Collections, visit the Special Collections & Research page of our website:


The extended application deadline for 2020 fellows is May 16, 2020, with awards announced in early June for projects to be undertaken within two years from the date of acceptance.  The timeframe for applications and for projects has been extended to accommodate changes to travel and to personal and professional circumstances as a result of the pandemic.

Contact Info: 

Jamie Cumby, Ph.D.

Special Collections Librarian

720 Pequot Avenue

Southport, CT 06890

203-259-0346 ext. 107

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