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The RSA–Newberry Fellowship

This fellowship offers a one-month residence of full-time research in the Newberry’s collections. Applicants should consult the library’s catalogs and guides for details about the collection. Applicants are also welcome to apply directly to the Newberry for additional short-term fellowships. Information about other short-term fellowships is available here.

Location: Newberry Library, Chicago, IL.

Geographic eligibility: Limited to scholars who live and work outside of the Chicago area; consult the Newberry’s website for restrictions.

Length: 1 month.

Stipend: $3,000 (for a researcher traveling from within North America) or $4,000 (for a researcher traveling from outside of North America).

Discipline: All disciplines.

Career level: ABD or PhD. (Non-Doctoral, Junior Scholar, and Senior Scholar). The Newberry defines a PhD candidate as an individual who is currently enrolled in a PhD program and who has advanced to candidacy through approval of the dissertation proposal; it is equivalent to an “ABD.” This status must be achieved by the application deadline. It will not consider applications from those who expect PhD candidacy after the application deadline. 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. Please join RSA or renew your membership before applying for a fellowship.
  • 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. Full list of RSA fellowships.

Application components

  • Project description
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Collection description / Relevance of collection(s) to project

Newberry-specific guidelines

  • The Newberry Library recommends that applicants submit a substantial collection description of up to 1500 words that is specific to the items and/or collections that will be consulted during the residence.

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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