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Long-Term Awards

The Huntington offers fourteen Long-Term Fellowships for nine to twelve months in residence, each with a stipend of $50,000. Although nine of these are open to scholars working on projects in any area where The Huntington’s collections are strong, there are specific awards for maritime history (The Kemble Fellowship), the history of medicine (The Molina Fellowship) and the history of science (The Dibner Fellowships). Three awards (the Thom Fellowships) are reserved for recent post-doctoral scholars.

Octavia E. Butler Fellowship 
Eligibility: Applicants must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by no later than Nov. 16, 2020. 
Tenure of fellowship: Between nine and twelve months.
Value of award: $50,000. 

The Huntington is the repository of the literary archive of Octavia E. Butler (1947–2006), the first science fiction writer to receive a prestigious MacArthur "genius" Fellowship and the first African American woman to win widespread recognition writing in that genre. Applicants may be working from a variety of disciplinary perspectives on the ideas and issues explored by Butler in her published works, ranging from speculative fiction through Afrofuturism to environmental studies and biotechnology, but preference may be given to candidates who intend to make extensive use of the Butler archive during their residency.

Dibner Fellowship in the History of Science and Technology 
Eligibility: Applicants must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by no later than Nov. 16, 2020. 
Tenure of fellowship: Between nine and twelve months.
Value of award: $50,000. 

Applicants must be pursuing scholarship in a field appropriate to The Huntington's collections in the history of science and technology.

Dana and David Dornsife Fellowship
Eligibility: Applicants must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by no later than Nov. 16, 2020.
Tenure of fellowship: Between nine and twelve months.
Value of award: $50,000.

Applicants must be pursuing scholarship in a field appropriate to The Huntington's collections. Preference may be given to projects in the history of the American West in general and of California in particular.

Kemble Fellowship in Maritime History
Eligibility: Applicants must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by no later than Nov. 16, 2020
Tenure of fellowship: Between nine and twelve months
Value of award: $50,000

Applicants must be pursuing scholarship in a field appropriate to The Huntington's collections in maritime history.

Mellon Fellowship
Eligibility: Applicants must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by no later than Nov. 16, 2020.
Tenure of fellowship: Between nine and twelve months.
Value of award: $50,000.

Applicants must be pursuing scholarship in a field appropriate to The Huntington's collections.

Molina Fellowship in the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Eligibility: Applicants must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by no later than Nov. 16, 2020.
Tenure of fellowship: Between nine and twelve months.
Value of award: $50,000.

Applicants must be pursuing scholarship in a field appropriate to The Huntington’s collections in the history of medicine and related sciences, including public health. 

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships
Eligibility: Applicants must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by no later than Nov. 16, 2020, and must be a citizen of the United States or foreign national with a minimum of three years U.S. residence.
Tenure of fellowship: Between nine and twelve months.
Value of award: $50,000 ($4,200 per month from the NEH; the balance of the stipend from Huntington funds).

Applicants must be pursuing scholarship in a field appropriate to The Huntington's collections.

Barbara Thom Postdoctoral Fellowships
Eligibility: Non-tenured faculty.
Tenure of fellowship: Between nine and twelve months.
Value of award: $50,000. 

The Thom fellowships are intended to support non-tenured faculty who are revising their dissertation for publication as their first monograph. Applicants must be pursuing scholarship in a field appropriate to The Huntington's collections and must have received the Ph.D. between Jan. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2018.

Short-Term Awards

Approximately 140 Short-Term Fellowships are available for one to five months in residence and carry monthly stipends of $3,500. They are open to scholars in any field where The Huntington’s collections are strong.

Huntington Fellowships
Eligibility: Doctoral candidates who have advanced to candidacy (ABD) at the time of the application deadline (Nov. 15, 2021); faculty members; and other postdoctoral scholars.
Tenure of fellowship: between one and five months.
Value of award: $3,500 per month.
Note: The majority of Huntington fellowships will be awarded to scholars pursuing scholarship in a field appropriate to The Huntington's collections. We do, however, offer a number of specialized fellowships, which include (but are not limited to):

  • Francis Bacon Foundation Fellowships in the history and literature of Renaissance England
  • The Cheng Fellowship in the History of the Asian American Experience in the U.S
  • The Trent R. Dames Fellowship in the History of Civil Engineering
  • Dibner Fellowship in the History of Science and Technology
  • Christopher Isherwood Foundation Fellowships
  • Gloria R. Lothrop Fellowship in Western American Women's History
  • The Reese Fellowship in American Bibliography and the History of the Book in the Americas
  • The Francis J. Weber Research Fellowship in Roman Catholic History
 

An application for one of the specialized fellowships does not disqualify you from being considered for a Huntington fellowship.

The Alan Jutzi Residential Fellowship for Non-Traditional Scholars
The Alan Jutzi Fellowship for Non-Traditional Scholars honors a former curator's long service to the intellectual needs of researchers regardless of academic pedigree. The Alan Jutzi Fellowship will provide up to two months of annual research support to independent scholars who are neither affiliated with, nor retired from, an academic institution. In keeping with Alan Jutzi's breadth of interests, ideal candidates will include writers, journalists, urban and city planners, architects, collectors, designers, curators, librarians, and others outside the academy. All applicants must demonstrate by competitive application and through appropriate selection criteria that research at The Huntington is critical to their project.

The Huntington Fellowship in the Materiality of Print Culture
This newly created fellowship in the Materiality of Print Culture provides one month of support for research in any aspect of printing history, book production, or illustration technologies including photography. Applications are welcomed from those inside and outside the academy, but are especially encouraged from librarians, curators, conservators, and advanced practitioners of any of the allied arts of printing, printmaking, photography, graphic design, or book production. Applicants must have a focused research project that centers on some material aspect of print culture and must demonstrate how research in The Huntington's Library collections is critical to its development.

The Thomas W. Wilkins Fellowship to encourage greater diversity among the scholars who use The Huntington's collections
The Thomas W Wilkins Fellowship honors the memory and vision of a middle schoolteacher and proud Angeleno who left a legacy that would benefit the diverse city he loved so much. The Thomas W. Wilkins fellowship will provide up to two months of annual research support for scholars who have the potential to bring to their academic and research careers the critical perspective that comes from their understanding of the experiences of members of groups historically underrepresented in higher education in the United States. The contributions to diversity may include research focusing on underserved populations or understanding inequalities related to race, gender, disability or LGBT. Applicants must either hold the PhD or be graduate students advanced to doctoral candidacy.

The Howard and Dawn Weinbrot Research Fellowship for the Study of Eighteenth Century British Society and Culture
The Howard and Dawn Weinbrot Research Fellowship for the Study of Eighteenth Century British Society and Culture, provides one month support for research in politics, literature, religion, and art, among other germane eighteenth century topics. To be eligible, fellowship recipients must be a member or agree to join the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies. All applicants must demonstrate by competitive application and through appropriate selection criteria that research at The Huntington is critical to their project. Applicants must either hold the PhD or be graduate students advanced to doctoral candidacy.

Travel Grants for Study Abroad

Six Travel Grants for Study Abroad are available in any of the fields in which The Huntington’s own collections are strong and where the research will be carried out in libraries or archives outside of the United States or Canada, especially those in the UK, continental Europe, or Latin America.

Eligibility: Doctoral candidates who have advanced to candidacy (ABD) at the time of the application deadline (Nov. 16, 2020); faculty members; and other postdoctoral scholars. Applicants must be based in North America.
Tenure of fellowship: One month.

Recipients of the travel grants must be conducting research in a library or archive abroad in any of the fields in which Huntington collections are strong. The Huntington will reimburse the grantee for economy round-trip airfare before the trip. A stipend of $3,500 will be paid after the grantee submits a detailed report on the research conducted. The travel grants can be taken up as early as June 1, 2021, and no later than June 30, 2022.

The Huntington offers several joint professorships and collaborative fellowships with other institutions and organizations. See Joint Professorships/Collaborative Fellowships for more information.

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