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Pre-Prospectus Summer Fellowships for Yale Graduate Students

The Beinecke offers Pre-Prospectus Summer Fellowships to enable Yale Graduate students to determine how Beinecke collections may serve their research needs as they prepare and hone their prospectuses.

Only students whose proposals demonstrate a need for extensive use of Beinecke materials will be considered for these awards. Awarded fellows may not hold concurrent teaching positions or any concurrent fellowships (other than, when appropriate, the standard Graduate School support).

All awarded fellows are expected to dedicate a minimum of 25 hours of research in the Beinecke collections per week throughout the fellowship period. Please note that attendance will be monitored and stipends will be adjusted to reflect shortened research period. 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.

Application deadline: March 6, 2015
For the period of June 1 - August 31, 2015

How will my Beinecke fellowship funding work with my Graduate School funding?

For students awarded any length of pre-prospectus fellowship (one, two, or three months), the Beinecke Pre-prospectus/Research fellowship will supplement your Graduate School stipend for the period of the fellowship.

Pre-prospectus applicants may request fellowships of six weeks to three months between June 1 and August 31, 2015. Applicants spending at least four weeks in Beinecke may apply for funding to support another four weeks working in relevant research libraries elsewhere. The fellowship stipend is $1,000 per month.


All materials must be submitted by March 6, 2015:

  • an application form
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a proposal (1,200 words maximum) outlining the work to be accomplished in the Beinecke collections and the manner in which those collections may support the student's prospectus 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 from the DGS and the Dissertation Advisor


Students wishing to spend time working in collections elsewhere should explain in the application which libraries and archives in addition to the Beinecke Library they expect to consult and why. The DGS and the advisor should address this need in their letters of recommendation.

Recommenders may also submit their letters via the internet. Electronic letters must come directly from the letter writer, not the applicant.  Please do not have recommenders submit duplicate letters.

Applications should be addressed to the Director and sent to the following address:

Fellowship Program
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Yale University
P.O. Box 208330
New Haven, CT  06520-8330

Applications may be hand delivered.

Awards will be announced approximately six weeks following application deadlines.


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