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Fellowship and Travel Grant Information--Visiting Fellowships and Travel Grants

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Visiting fellowships and travel grants

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Located in Farmington, Connecticut, the Library offers short-term residential fellowships and travel grants to support research in the Library's rich collections of eighteenth-century materials (mainly British), including important holdings of prints, drawings, manuscripts, rare books, and paintings. Scholars pursuing postdoctoral or advanced research, as well as doctoral candidates at work on a dissertation, are encouraged to apply.

Fellowship and Travel Grant award recipients are expected to be in residence at the Library, to be free of other significant professional obligations during their stay, and to focus their research on the Lewis Walpole Library's collections. Fellows also have access to additional resources at Yale, including those in the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Yale Center for British Art.

Residential fellowships include:

  • the cost of travel to and from Farmington
  • accommodation for four weeks in an eighteenth-century house on the Library's campus
  • a per diem living allowance

Travel grants cover

  • transportation costs to and from Farmington for research trips of shorter duration
  • on-site accommodation

This year the Lewis Walpole Library and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library are offering a joint Fellowship award to support up to eight weeks research in both collections. The joint Fellowship is administered by the Lewis Walpole Library. Decisions are based on a number of factors, including the merits of the project and fit with the collections.

Application details follow.

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Application details for visiting fellowships and travel grants

There is no application form. Applicants should submit the following materials:

A curriculum vitae, including educational background, professional experience and publications
A brief outline of the research proposal (not to exceed three double-spaced pages), including an explanation of how the library's collections will support the research project.

Two confidential letters of recommendation are also required by the application deadline. Letters should specifically address the merits of the candidate's project and application for the Lewis Walpole Library fellowship or travel grant. General letters of recommendation or dossier letters are not appropriate.

Materials should be sent to:

Nicole L. Bouché
W.S. Lewis Librarian and Executive Director
The Lewis Walpole Library
P.O. Box 1408
Farmington, CT 06034
USA

Fax: 860-677-6369

Application materials may also be submitted electronically to nicole.bouche@yale.edu

The application deadline for the 2014-2105 year has passed. Applications are typically due in early January.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How will my LWL fellowship or travel grant funding work?

Fellows receive a per diem amount to cover living expenses. In addition, the fellowship or travel grant includes the round-trip cost of travel between the Lewis Walpole Library and the recipient's home institution or residence. The Library will reimburse the cost of a rental car or local travel expenses. Accommodation at the Timothy Root House, an eighteenth-century house on the Library's Farmington campus, is available at no charge to fellows and travel grant recipients. While we cannot accommodate children, we may be able to accommodate a spouse or partner during the period of the fellowship.

Do I have to take my fellowship all at once?

We expect you to take your fellowship or travel grant in one uninterrupted period, you are expected to complete your fellowship all in the same year, and you should be free from other commitments.

Are the requirements different for named fellowships?

The Library offers several named awards, but applicants do not apply for a particular fellowship; rather, those determinations are made by the fellowship committee once they have selected the fellows for the coming year. The ASECS-LWL Fellowship differs from other fellowships in only two ways: it is partly funded by ASECS, and the recipient must be a member of ASECS in good standing.

What kind of visa will I need if I am not a US citizen?

Lewis Walpole Library fellowship and travel grant recipients may be able to travel to the Lewis Walpole Library on the visa waiver program. For more information click here.

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