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Visiting Graduate Student Summer Fellowships

Due to renovations, the Beinecke Library will be closed for the 2015-2016 academic year. Visiting graduate student fellowships will not be awarded during that time. Visiting graduate student fellowships are anticipated to resume in 2016. The application deadline for 2016 summer fellowships is scheduled for October 2015. Please continue to check back for updates.

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.

Application Deadline: October 18, 2013
For the period of June 1 - August 31, 2014

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 applicants demonstrating a need for in-depth consultation of Beinecke materials will receive serious consideration.

Granted for one, two, or three months, fellowships must be taken up between June 1 and August 31, 2014. The fellowships pay for travel costs to and from New Haven and a living allowance of $3,000 per month.

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.

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.

All application materials must be received by October 18, 2013.  Applicants are required to submit the following materials to the Director of the Beinecke Library:
 

  • 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 Beinecke Director, one of which must come from the principal director of the applicant's dissertation
  • an approved dissertation prospectus/proposal


Application materials may be submitted by postal mail or with the web application form.  Please do not send hard copies of materials if you choose to attach your materials to the web application form.  Application materials will not be accepted by email or fax.

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.

Recommenders may submit their letters via the internet or postal mail.  Electronic letters must come directly from the letter writer, not the applicant.  If submitting your application materials by postal mail, sealed, signed, confidential letters can be included in your application packet or sent directly from the recommenders.

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.

If you wish to receive confirmation that your application material has been received, pleased include a self-addressed, stamped postcard with your materials.

If sending your application materials via postal mail, please send to the following address:

Fellowship Program
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Yale University
P.O. Box 208240
New Haven, CT 06520-8240
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Awards will be announced approximately eight weeks following application deadlines.


 

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