Spring 2022 Fellowships for Yale Graduate and Professional School Students

The Beinecke Library offers, on a competitive basis, research fellowships for Yale Graduate and Professional School students who wish to use Beinecke collections as a primary resource for their dissertations or culminating projects. The application is located on Interfolio

Eligibility

Only students whose proposals demonstrate a need for extensive use of Beinecke materials will be considered for these awards. Only Yale Professional School students and GSAS students in their first six years of study who have submitted an approved prospectus are eligible for fellowships. However, due to the pandemic, the Graduate School is providing COVID extensions to many students who need more time to complete their studies.  Any GSAS student on a COVID extension, including those in year 7, is eligible for a Beinecke Fellowship. GSAS students in year 7 or beyond who are not on a COVID extension are ineligible for a Beinecke Fellowship. Awarded fellows may not hold concurrent teaching positions or any concurrent fellowships other than, when appropriate, the standard Graduate School support.

Graduate students seeking these fellowships must have completed their course work, passed their qualifying examinations, and be prepared to pursue research based upon an approved prospectus. Students who expect to complete these requirements within 10 weeks after the application deadline, September 30, 2021, may apply, but any award offered to them will be contingent upon their meeting all requirements.

Professional school students seeking these fellowships must be engaged in research for an approved culminating project required for their degree, with the expectation that their project will be undertaken in the final year of their program.

The due date for fellowships to be taken from January 2022 to May 2022 is September 30, 2021.

Funding Information

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

For students awarded a research fellowship of two months or less, the Beinecke research fellowship will supplement your Graduate School stipend for the period of the fellowship.

For students awarded a research fellowship of three months or more, the Beinecke Research fellowship will replace your Graduate School stipend for the period of the fellowship. You should contact your associate dean in order to defer your Graduate School stipend for the equivalent period. Please note that students may not defer Graduate School funding beyond the sixth year of study.

Application Requirements

Short-term and long-term fellowships are available, depending on students’ needs. Short-term fellowships, available for one, two or three months, may be held at any time. Long-term fellowships are for one full semester. Recipients are required to be regular readers in the Beinecke reading room during the course of their fellowship and may not hold concurrent teaching positions. The short-term stipend is $3,000 per month and the semester stipend is $13,650.

Applications from previous recipients of a Beinecke Fellowship will be considered only in exceptional circumstances.

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

Applicants are required to submit the following materials through Interfolio. All materials must be received by the deadline.

  • An 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 Beinecke Library collection 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, one of which must come from the principal director of the applicant’s dissertation or culminating project
  • Applicants in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences must submit an approved or pending prospectus
  • Professional School students must submit a statement explaining how their project fulfills the culminating requirement in their school

Awards will be announced by October 29, 2021.

If you have any further questions, please contact Allison Van Rhee at allison.vanrhee@yale.edu.