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Yale University Beinecke Library Visiting Graduate Student Fellowships 2018

The Beinecke Library offers a limited number of fellowships for non-Yale graduate students (doctoral candidates) wishing to conduct primary research for their dissertations or doctoral thesis.  These fellowships are extremely competitive.  Only candidates demonstrating a need for in-depth consultation of Beinecke materials will receive serious consideration.

Application Deadline: 1st November 2017

Offered annually? Yes (Not awarded in the 2015/2016 academic session due  to renovations)

Eligible Countries: International

To be taken at (country): USA

About the Award: Graduate students (doctoral candidates) currently enrolled in PhD or DPhil programs from across the country and around the world are invited to apply for Beinecke Visiting Graduate Student Summer Fellowships. These fellowships support graduate students who wish to use Beinecke collections as a primary resource for their dissertation research.

Type: PhD

Fellowship Requirements: Recipients are expected to be in residence during the period of their award and are encouraged to participate in the activities of Yale University.  Please note that attendance will be monitored and stipends will be adjusted to reflect shortened research period.  Split fellowship periods will not be granted.  Awarded fellows may not hold concurrent teaching positions or any concurrent fellowships.

At the end of the research period, fellows are also asked to provide a brief statement indicating how this fellowship support was used to accomplish research goals.

Selection Criteria: 

  • Graduate students seeking these fellowships must be currently enrolled in a PhD/doctoral program and must have completed their course work, passed their qualifying examinations, and be prepared to pursue research based upon an approved dissertation prospectus/proposal.
  • Successful applicants normally explain in extensive and specific detail the relationship of the Beinecke collections to their project. Most of the holdings of the Beinecke Library in printed materials are described in Orbis, the online catalogue of Yale University Library. Early manuscripts and modern archives are described in detailed finding aids available via the internet. Books and manuscripts at Yale have been extensively described since 1926 in the Yale University Library Gazette, which is available in many libraries.

Number of Awardees: Not stated

Value of Fellowship: The fellowships pay for travel costs to and from New Haven and a living allowance of $3,000 per month.

Duration of Fellowship: June 1 – August 31, 2018

How to Apply: Applicants are required to submit the following materials:

  • an online application form
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a proposal (1200 word maximum) explaining in detail the specific relationship between the Beinecke Collections and the applicant’s research
  • a detailed list of specific research materials to be consulted at Beinecke during your fellowship
  • two confidential letters of recommendation sent to the Fellowship Coordinator, one of which must come from the principal director of the applicant’s dissertation
  • an approved dissertation prospectus/proposal

The Beinecke Library will not accept re-submissions of materials.  Once an application or letter of reference has been submitted, the Beinecke will not accept a revision.

Awards will be announced approximately eight weeks following application deadlines.

Visit Fellowship Webpage for details

Award Provider: Yale University Beinecke Library

Important Notes: Please note that the online application form cannot be revised once it is submitted.  It cannot be submitted partially, the application and the attachment must be submitted together if you choose to submit your application materials with the web application form.

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