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Houghton Library Visiting Fellowships

Scholars at all stages of their careers are invited to apply to pursue projects that require in-depth research on Houghton Library’s holdings, draw on staff expertise, and participate in intellectual life at Harvard.

Houghton Library supports research opening new perspectives on its collections.

2017-2018 Visiting Fellow​ Dr. Ermine Algaier and his research assistant Diana J. Rhubi in Houghton Library's reading room.​
2017-2018 Visiting Fellow​ Dr. Ermine Algaier and his research assistant Diana J. Rhubi in Houghton Library's reading room.​

The Visiting Fellowship program offers scholars at all stages of their careers funding to pursue projects that require in-depth research on the library’s holdings, draw on staff expertise, and participate in intellectual life at Harvard.

Houghton also provides fellows with access to other libraries at the University, and opportunities to exchange knowledge and promote their research through its publications, and scholarly and public programs.

The research topics of our most recent cohort of fellows (2018-2019) speak to the breadth and depth of Houghton’s holdings, ranging from colonial-era Native American music to the collecting of Sanskrit manuscripts, and Iberian chivalric romances to celebrity pregnancy on the London stage.

Houghton Library has historically focused on collecting the written record of European and Eurocentric North American culture, yet it holds a large and diverse amount of primary sources valuable for research on the languages, culture and history of indigenous peoples of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

The library particularly welcomes proposals that reexamine its collections through a global lens and/or demonstrate how the holdings of a rare book and manuscript library can contribute to discourse around contemporary social, political, and cultural issues. New fellowships on gender and sexuality studies in the performing arts, and early modern black lives underscore Houghton's commitment to diversifying perspectives on our collections.

Fellows receive a $3,600 stipend and are expected to be in residence at Houghton for at least four weeks within their fellowship year (July through June), though these do not have to be consecutive weeks.

Fellows are also required to produce a written summary of their experience working with the collections.

For an insight into the Visiting Fellowship experience at Houghton, visit our blog.

 

Fellowship Opportunities

Thanks to the generosity of the library's benefactors, sixteen endowed fellowships support research in the following fields of study:

  • Beatrice, Benjamin, and Richard Bader Fellowship in the Visual Arts of the Theatre
  • W. Jackson Bate/ Douglas W. Bryant, American Society for Eighteenth‑Century Studies Fellowship; Successful applicants must either be an ASECS member in good standing or be willing to become a member in order to receive this fellowship.
  • José María Castañé Fellowship in 20th-century History
  • Maryette Charlton Fellowship for the Performing Arts; This fellowship is available to assist scholarly research on gender and sexuality in the performing arts.
  • William Dearborn Fellowship in American History
  • Rodney G. Dennis Fellowship in the Study of Manuscripts
  • The Ralph Waldo Emerson Fellowship
  • Eleanor M. Garvey Fellowship in Printing and Graphic Arts
  • Houghton Mifflin Fellowship in Publishing History
  • Donald and Mary Hyde Fellowship for Research in Early Modern Black Lives, including Africa and the African Diaspora, 1500-1800; In addition to proposals on topics generally in the subject area of the fellowship, we are interested to receive proposals for research in Houghton collections to support a future exhibition on early modern portraiture of people of color. If submitting such a proposal, please discuss your expertise in the subject and strategies for identifying such material in our collections.
  • Donald and Mary Hyde Fellowship for the Study of Dr. Samuel Johnson and his Circle
  • Joan Nordell Fellowship
  • Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography; This fellowship carries a stipend of $3,600 per month, up to twelve months (maximum $43,200). Fellows are expected to be in residence at Houghton Library for the duration of the fellowship.
  • Howard D. Rothschild Fellowship in Dance
  • Robert Gould Shaw Fellowship for the Harvard Theatre Collection
  • John M. Ward Fellowship in Dance and Music for the Theatre

Funding

Fellowship stipends of $3,600 are awarded to help support visiting fellows during the tenure of their appointment.

Eligibility

  • Open to candidates of all nationalities. Non-U.S. citizens awarded a fellowship are required to obtain a J-1 visa. Harvard University can sponsor the visa, but fellows are responsible for paying associated fees and will receive their stipend 2-3 weeks after arriving at Houghton Library.
  • Doctoral students, post-doctoral, academics and independent scholars, as well as curators, and other library, archive and museum professionals, are welcome to apply.
  • Fellowships normally are not granted to scholars who live within commuting distance of the library.
  • Scholars are welcome to apply each year. If awarded a fellowship, however, a period of 5 years must elapse before another fellowship may be awarded.
  • We particularly welcome applications from scholars from underrepresented groups in academia.

Apply

The Library will accept applications for 2021-2022 fellowships in Fall 2020. The application deadline will be Friday, January 15, 2021. 

Applicants are asked to submit:

  • an online a project proposal
  • a preliminary list of Houghton collection materials
  • a curriculum vitae
  • two letters of reference

Please note: Other than the Pantzer Fellowship, applicants need not apply for specific fellowships, as the Selection Committee determines which fellowship is best suited to your research, if awarded a fellowship.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to save applications in progress; do not submit your application until it is complete.

Recipients will be notified by April 5, 2020.

Apply Here

 

    2020-2021 Visiting Fellows

    Patty Argyrides 

    Ph.D. Candidate in English Language and Literature, Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) 
    “Embodied Language in Modernist Literature and Dance” 
    Howard D. Rothschild Fellowship in Dance  
     

    Samuel Backer  

    Ph.D. Candidate in History, Johns Hopkins University 
    “The Parlor and the Public: The Political Economy of American Culture, 1870-1920” 
    Robert Gould Shaw Fellowship for the Harvard Theatre Collection  

    Dr. Liza Blake 

    Assistant Professor, Graduate Department of English, University of Toronto 
    “Choose Your Own Poems and Fancies: A Digital Rearrangeable Edition and Study of Margaret Cavendish’s Atom Poems” 
    Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography 

    Dr. Alvan Bregman 

    Associate Professor Emeritus of Library Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
    “Unrecorded Narcissus Luttrell pamphlets” 
    Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography   

    Catherine Clay 

    Associate Professor in Feminist and Literary Studies, Nottingham Trent University 
    “Theodora Bosanquet and Transnational Feminist Networks in Europe, 1919-1948” 
    Rodney G. Dennis Fellowship in the Study of Manuscripts  

    Dr. Daniela D'Eugenio  

    Vanderbilt University 
    “Didactic Visualization of Gnomic Expressions in Early Modern Italian Calligraphy” 
    Eleanor M. Garvey Fellowship in Printing and Graphic Arts

    Patrick Dooling 

    PhD. Candidate, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn 
    “The Fiore di Virtù - Studies on the illustration and reception of a book of virtues from the early Trecento” 
    Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography  

    Ashley Garcia 

    PhD. Candidate in History, University of Texas - Austin. 
    “An American Socialism: The Fourierist Movement and Nineteenth Century American Culture” 
    William Dearborn Fellowship in American History 

    Daphne Grieco 

    PhD. Candidate in Textes, Traditions and Book Cultures, Italian and Romance Studies, University of Naples Federico II, Scuola Superiore Meridionale  
    “Rerum vulgarium fragmenta: a catalogue of incunabula and early printed books now at Houghton Library” 
    Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography   

    Dr. Monica Hahn 

    Adjunct Professor, Temple University, and Assistant Professor of Art History, Community College of Philadelphia 
    “Harlequins of Empire: Staging Native Identity in British Imperial Art circa 1776” 
    W. Jackson Bate/Douglas W. Bryant/American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (ASECS)  

    Dr. Jacek Hajduk 

    Institute of Classical Philology, Jagiellonian University 
    “Józef Wittlin Collection” 
    Joan Nordell Fellowship  

    Dr. Michael Holland 

    Emeritus Fellow, St Hugh's College, University of Oxford 
    “Examination of the Maurice Blanchot Papers” 
    Houghton Library Fellowship 

    Dr. Jasmine Jagger 

    Lecturer in English Literature, University of Oxford 
    “Edward Lear and the Tennysons” 
    Eleanor M. Garvey Fellowship in Printing and Graphic Arts 

    Chacko Kuruvilla 

    PhD. Candidate in Creative Writing and Critical Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz     
    “Emersonianism” 
    Ralph Waldo Emerson Fellowship  

    Dr. Caitlyn Lehmann 

    University of Melbourne 
    “Airy Turns: Ballet and Romantic Transformation on the London Stage” 
    John M. Ward Fellowship in Dance and Music for the Theatre

    Alexander Leslie 

    PhD. Candidate in American History, Rutgers University 
    “Reading Regions: Cultural Geography and American Literature, 1865-1925” 
    Houghton Mifflin Fellowship in Publishing History  

    Dr. Sarah McCleave 

    Senior Lecturer in Musicology, Queen’s University Belfast 
    “Fame and the female dancer, 1720-1860: a study of a gender's prospects in a developing profession” 
    Howard D. Rothschild Fellowship in Dance  

    Alicia Meyer 

    PhD. Candidate in English, University of Pennsylvania 
    “Popular Portraiture in Early Modern Printed Ephemera: Race and Material Culture” 
    Donald and Mary Hyde Fellowship for Research in Early Modern Black Lives, including Africa and the African Diaspora, 1500-1800  

    Dr. Katherine Newey 

    Professor of Theatre History, Department of Drama, University of Exeter 
    “Theatre and Visual Culture in Britain, 1850-1900” 
    Beatrice, Benjamin, and Richard Bader Fellowship in the Visual Arts of the Theatre  

    Dr. Kim Nielsen 

    Disability Studies, History and Women’s & Gender Studies, University of Toledo 
    “Dorothea Dix, Psychiatric Asylums, and the Complexities of Benevolence” 
    William Dearborn Fellowship in American History  

    Jeff Noh 

    PhD. Candidate in English, McGill University 
    “Harold Brodkey’s Paper Ecologies: ‘A Party of Animals’ from 1954 to 1991” 
    Houghton Library Fellowship 

    Dr. Kate Ozment 

    Assistant Professor of English, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 
    “Collecting Women’s History: A Case Study of Mary Hyde, Rosamond B. Loring, and Mildred Bliss” 
    Donald and Mary Hyde Fellowship for the Study of Dr. Samuel Johnson and his Circle 

    Andre Penafiel 

    British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oxford 
    “From manuscript to print: the publication of Camões's Os Lusíadas in the sixteenth century” 
    Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography 

    R. Lakshmi Poorna 

    CSIR-Structural Engineering Research Centre, Chennai, India 
    "Exploring the document collection at the Houghton Library for information on Indian traditional building architecture"
    Joan Nordell Fellowship    

    Karin Roffman 

    Associate Director, Public Humanities and Senior Lecturer in Humanities, Yale University 
    “Biography of John Ashbery” 
    Rodney G. Dennis Fellowship in the Study of Manuscripts  

    Keidrick Roy 

    PhD. Candidate, Harvard University 
    “Blood, Nation, and Politics: Creating the Other in Hitler’s Germany” 
    José María Castañé Fellowship in 20th-century History  

    Dr. Anna Senkiw 

    Oxford Brookes University 
    “Sociability and Celebrity: The Friendship between Elizabeth Montagu and David Garrick” 
    Maryette Charlton Fellowship for the Performing Arts  

    Dr. Mary Shannon  

    Senior Lecturer, Department of English and Creative Writing, University of Roehampton 
    “The Celebrated Billy Waters and the Circulation of Popular Culture: race, celebrity, and popular culture in nineteenth-century Britain” 
    Robert Gould Shaw Fellowship for the Harvard Theatre Collection  

    Natale Vacalebre 

    PhD. Candidate in Italian Studies, University of Pennsylvania 
    “A Book for All Seasons: Reading Habits and Material Reception of Dante’s Divina Commedia in Early Modern Italy” 
    Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography