Newberry Fellowships

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The Newberry Library's long-standing fellowship program provides outstanding scholars with the time, space, and community required to pursue innovative and ground-breaking scholarship. In addition to the Library's collections, fellows are supported by a collegial interdisciplinary community of researchers, curators, and librarians. An array of scholarly and public programs also contributes to an engaging intellectual environment.

The Newberry collection is rich in printed and manuscript sources from the Low Countries. For late medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies, the Newberry collections are especially outstanding in six subject areas:

Early Modern Dutch Colonialism: Including maps, travel, exploration, and settlement; ethnography; indigenous languages; missions; colonial histories; music and dance; natural history; and law and sovereignty.

Humanism, Education, and Rhetoric: Including history of learned institutions; historiography, historical theory, and philosophy of history; editions of classical authors; neo-latin literature; courtesy books; emblem books; language textbooks, grammars; and dictionaries, encyclopedias.

Maps, Travel, and Exploration: Including manuscript maps (including portolan charts); printed atlases from Ptolemy onward; voyages and travel narratives; and separately printed maps.

Music and Dance: Including theory and instructional books; psalmody and hymnody, vocal performance; polyphonic performance; lute books; opera scores, opera librettos; and music and dance notation.

History of the Book: Including medieval manuscripts, incunables; calligraphy, type specimens, bindings; specimen imprints from major presses; printing and paper processes and technology.

Religion: Including reform and Reformation; recusancy and Jansenism; sermons, devotions, and controversial literature; church history and canon law; theology, doctrine, and liturgy; scripture and scripture commentaries; hebraica; and missionary efforts.

The most thorough guide to the Newberry’s medieval manuscripts is Paul Saenger’s Catalogue of the Pre-1500 Western Manuscript Books at the Newberry Library (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989). Guides to Pre-1500 European Manuscripts and Post-1500 European Manuscripts are also available online, as is a bibliography of publications about the Newberry’s Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts.

The Newberry invites interested individuals who wish to utilize the Newberry's collection to apply for our many fellowship opportunities:

Long-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars for continuous residence at the Newberry for periods of 4 to 9 months; the stipend is $4,200 per month. Applicants must hold a PhD by the application deadline in order to be eligible. Long-Term Fellowships are intended to support individual scholarly research and promote serious intellectual exchange through active participation in the fellowship program. The deadline for long-term fellowships is November 15.

Short-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars, PhD candidates, and those who hold other terminal degrees. Short-Term Fellowships are generally awarded for 1 to 2 months; unless otherwise noted the stipend is $2,500 per month. These fellowships support individual scholarly research for those who have a specific need for the Newberry's collection and are mainly restricted to individuals who live and work outside of the Chicago metropolitan area. The deadline for short-term opportunities is December 15.

Many of the Newberry's fellowship opportunities have specific eligibility requirements; in order to learn more about these requisites, as well as application guidelines, please visit their website. Questions should be addressed to