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. The application form goes live in January each year and is due the following March.

Please check back later this summer for information for the next fellowship application cycle

Funding Information

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.

How does the travel grant work?

Applicants who spend at least 4 weeks at the Beinecke Library are welcome to request up to an additional 4 weeks at other relevant research libraries. A $1000 research stipend will be awarded for each month spent doing research, whether at the Beinecke Library or elsewhere. Travel grants consist of a flat amount of $500 for domestic travel or $1000 for international travel. 

Application Requirements

Pre-prospectus applicants may request fellowships of one to three months to be taken between June 1 and August 31. Applicants spending at least four weeks in Beinecke may also apply for funding to support another four weeks working in relevant research libraries elsewhere. The fellowship stipend is $1,000 per month for research done at the Beinecke Library or other research libraries. A modest grant to cover travel expenses for research at other institutions is also available as part of the Pre-Prospectus Fellowship program.

All materials must be submitted by the application due date:

  • an application form
  • 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 uploaded via the application database 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.

Please note that application the form is located on the Yale University Grants & Fellowships website.  All documents and references must be uploaded via this site.

Awards will be announced approximately six weeks following application deadlines.