Visiting Graduate Student Fellowships

The application for summer 2019 visiting graduate student fellowships is now closed. The application for summer 2020 fellowships will be available in August 2019 on the Yale Grants and Fellowships Website.

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 Fellowships. These fellowships support graduate students who wish to use Beinecke collections as a primary resource for their dissertation research. Applications can be found on the Yale Grants and Fellowships Website.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2019
For the period of June 1 - August 31, 2020

Fellowship Details

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, 2019. 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.

Application Requirements

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 by the application deadline.

Successful applicants normally explain in extensive and specific detail the relationship of the Beinecke collections to their project. Information on searching the collections can be found on the “How to Search the Collections” page. 

All application materials must be received by November 1, 2019.  Applicants are required to submit the following materials:

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

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. The selection committee offers a grace period of 3 weeks for letters of recommendation to be received. 

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.

Awards will be announced in mid-December.

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