Research Fellowships for Graduate Students

The Beinecke Library offers, on a competitive basis, fellowships to support graduate students to pursue onsite research with the collections for one to four months. We welcome applications from students enrolled in graduate programs at Yale and at any other university or college, locally or globally. The fellowship program aims to facilitate research by the broadest possible group of students, regardless of institutional association, race, cultural background, ability, sexual orientation, gender, or socioeconomic status. Students applying for a fellowship should be at an advanced stage in their research and propose a fully conceptualized project related to their degree program. Applications from students utilizing traditional methods of archival and bibliographic research are encouraged as are applications from students who wish to pursue creative, interdisciplinary, and non-traditional approaches to conducting research in the collections.

Applications for the 2022-2023 award cycle are now closed. Please check back in August for information for the next application cycle.

The application form is located on Interfolio and must be completed in its entirety to be considered. Deadlines are the same for both applications. 

The application opens on August 21, 2021

The application closes on February 1, 2022 at 11:59pm Eastern Time

Applicants will be notified of all decisions by March 31, 2022

Fellowships must be taken between June 1, 2022 and May 31, 2023

Please Note: All graduate student fellows are responsible for reporting their fellowship to their home institution and for paying any taxes related to the receipt of their fellowship. Students enrolled in Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or in one of Yale’s professional schools should check with their advisor about their eligibility before applying for a fellowship. For all Yale GSAS students, the fellowship stipend would replace the GSAS stipend after two full months.

COVID Advisory Note

Please note that Yale Library locations are not open to non-Yale researchers as of Fall 2021. We are accepting fellowship applications from individuals locally, nationally, and internationally for the 2022-2023 fellowship period. We are hopeful that public health conditions and university health and safety guidelines will permit non-Yale researchers on campus during the 2022-2023 fellowship period. Forthcoming campus restrictions may differ for domestic and international visitors. Our ability to award fellowships to visiting researchers will be dependent on public health conditions and university guidelines.


  • Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate degree program (PhD, MFA, MA, MPhil, MBA, etc.).
  • Students applying for a fellowship should be at an advanced stage in their research and have a fully conceptualized project related to their degree program.
  • Students conducting pre-prospectus research should apply to the pre-prospectus application also available on Interfolio.
  • Researchers not currently enrolled in a graduate degree program should apply to the short-term research fellowship that opened on Monday, August 9, 2021.

Expectations for Fellows

  • This is a residential fellowship and fellows are expected to spend the majority of their time in the reading room. Fellows are meant to participate in the intellectual life of the university and are encouraged to participate in the activities of library.
  • Seating in the reading room is limited, therefore applicants’ first choice for arrival cannot be guaranteed. Fellows must finalize their visit dates with the Fellowship Coordinator prior to arrival.
  • At the end of the fellowship period, fellows are asked to complete a questionnaire about their experience, provide a brief statement on research outcomes, and to acknowledge the fellowship in publications and lectures that stem from research conducted during the fellowship term.

Funding Information

Fellowships will be awarded in the amount of $5,000 per month for up to four months of research. Fellows must also submit a budget to be eligible to receive up to $5,000 in funding to cover travel to and from New Haven. The proposed budget may also include travel costs for conducting research at other relevant research libraries directly following the fellowship period at Yale. Fellows’ funding will be awarded at the beginning of the fellowship. All fellows are responsible for reporting their fellowship to their home institution and for paying any taxes related to the receipt of their fellowship.

Application Requirements

All materials must be received by the deadline. Applications from previous recipients of a Beinecke fellowship will be considered only in exceptional circumstances. Applicants are required to submit the following materials

  • An application form
  • A curriculum vitae (3 pages max)
  • A travel budget for up to $5,000 additional funding for travel, accommodations, and/or travel to do research in other repositories beyond Yale
  • A research proposal (1,200 words max) that outlines:

o   Significance of collections research to your project

o   Value of the project to your field 

o   Feasibility of completing the scope of research proposed within the fellowship period and in relation to the reading room rules 

  • A detailed list of materials to be examined during your fellowship, including call numbers, collection names, and any other bibliographic information available. If you anticipate consulting oversize materials (broadsides, posters, maps, etc.), please indicate those clearly in your list
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation, including one from your academic advisor

To assist with your application, most of the holdings of the Beinecke Library are described in Orbis, the online catalogue of Yale University Library, or in Archives at Yale. Applications for pre-prospectus applicants can be found here. Applications for graduate and professional students can be found here.

If you have any further questions, please contact Allison Van Rhee at