Research 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.

Only students whose proposals demonstrate a need for extensive use of Beinecke materials will be considered for these awards. Only students in the first six years of study are eligible for fellowships. 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 is located on the Yale Student Grants & Fellowships website.

The due date for fellowships to be taken in summer and fall 2021 is March 31. 

Due to the pandemic, the Graduate School is providing COVID extensions to many students who need more time to complete their studies.  Any student on a COVID extension—including those in year 7 – is eligible for a Beinecke Fellowship.

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

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 of the application deadline may apply, but any award offered to them will be contingent upon their meeting all requirements. Only students in the first six years of study are eligible for fellowships.

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.

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.

Applicants are required to submit the following materials through the Yale Student Grants and Fellowships website. 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 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 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 approximately six weeks following application deadlines.