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The RSA–Folger Fellowship

This joint fellowship supports a residence of up to two-months at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. It is designed to support one scholar whose research would benefit from a longer period of sustained research within the Folger collections. The RSA–Folger Library Fellow will enjoy the collegiality of the cadre of fellows in residence, will have priority in reserving Folger lodgings, and will have an opportunity to present his or her work in progress during the residency. Applicants should consult the Folger website for details about fellowships and for the collections and the online catalog.

Location: Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C.

Length: up to 2 months

Stipend: $5,000

Discipline: all disciplines

Career Level: Ph.D. (Junior Scholars and Senior Scholars). Read more about RSA’s career level definitions.


  • Please note that all applicants must be members of the Renaissance Society of America at the time of application and during the award year.
  • Applicants may apply for up to two RSA Residential Fellowships per year. Indicate the residential fellowships for which you wish to apply, and explain in your application how the selected collections will facilitate your research. In the event you do not win a Residential Fellowship, your application will be automatically considered for any Non-Residential Fellowship for which you qualify. Full list of RSA fellowships.

Applicants for residential fellowships submit the following:

  • Project description
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Collection description

General Guidelines for Residential Fellowships:

  1. The research proposal must be relevant to specific library collections and should indicate primary collection resources that are relevant to it.
  2. The fellowship must be used for full-time onsite research during the period of residency at the specific library, working on its collection.
  3. The residency must begin on or after 1 July of the year awarded and end on or before 30 June of the following year, and may not be subdivided into more than one continuous period of residency at the library.
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