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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. In addition, the Library offers a joint fellowship award with the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library to support up to eight weeks of research in both collections.* Scholars pursuing postdoctoral or advanced research, as well as doctoral candidates at work on a dissertation, are encouraged to apply.

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 (eight weeks for the joint LWL/BRBL Fellow)
  • a per diem living allowance

Travel grants cover

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

The joint LWL/BRBL 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.

*Please note for your own planning purposes that the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library will be closed completely during the month of August 2016.

Application details follow.

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Application details for visiting fellowships and travel grants

Beginning this year, there will be an online application form through the Yale Student Grants Database. All application materials should be submitted through this database. The deadline is the second Monday in January.

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.

The 2016 Visiting Fellowship and Travel Grant applications are currently being accepted. The deadline for application was Monday, January 11, 2016. Application materials must be submitted directly through the listing in the Yale Student Grants Database (click here). Please note you will need to login to access the application.

A list of award recipients for 2015-2016 can be found by clicking here.

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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 for up to one week 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.

Recipients of the Lewis Walpole Library/Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Fellowship may break their visit into two equal parts of four weeks each.

Are the requirements different for named fellowships?

The Library offers several named awards, but, with the exception of the joint LWL/Beinecke fellowship, 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.

Jointly funded Fellowships

ASECS-LWL Fellowship: 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. For more information about the ASECS Fellowship, please click here to go to the ASECS fellowship page.

Lewis Walpole Library / Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Fellowship: The Library's fellowship offered jointly with the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. This fellowship is for a period of eight weeks and it is intended that the fellow will work for four weeks in each repository. Accommodations for the full eight weeks are in Farmington.

Named Fellowships Four Fellowships at the Library are named for former members of the Board of Managers and each is intended to support work in the LWL collections as noted below

Charles J. Cole Fellowship: awarded to a senior scholar.

George B. Cooper Fellowship: named for the former Northam Professor of History at Trinity College; awarded to a graduate students at the dissertation stage.

Joseph Peter Spang Fellowship: named a trustee and founding curator of Historic Deerfield, awarded for projects focusing on Anglo-American relations or studies.

Roger W. Eddy Fellowship: awarded to a junior scholar.

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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