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Fellowships

NOTICE: Short-Term Fellowship Grants Suspended Due to COVID-19

The Huntington Library awards over 150 research fellowships annually. Recipients of all fellowships are expected to be in continuous residence at The Huntington and to participate in, and make a contribution to, its intellectual life.

The Huntington is a collections-based research institute, which promotes humanities scholarship on the basis of its library holdings and art collections. The Library holds more than eleven million items that span the 11th to 21st centuries. Its diverse materials center on fourteen intersecting collection strengths:

  • American history
  • architecture, landscape design, and planning
  • British history
  • California
  • early printed books
  • Hispanic history and culture
  • history of science, technology and medicine
  • literature in English
  • medieval manuscripts
  • maps and atlases
  • the Pacific Rim
  • prints, posters, and ephemera
  • photography
  • Western American history

The Art Collections feature European and American art spanning more than 500 years, with diverse strengths ranging from Renaissance Italian bronzes to British Grand Manner portrait paintings to early American folk art to twentieth-century drawings, prints, and photography.

In addition to reinterpreting the well-known highlights of our collections, thereby connecting them with new and broader audiences, we aim to inspire future generations of scholars and artists by providing greater access to all of our collections.

NOTICE: Short-Term Fellowship Grants Suspended Due to COVID-19

As a result of the Library closure due to COVID-19, the Fellowship Program is suspending applications for short-term fellowships for the 2021-22 academic year.

Applications for long-term fellowships and travel grants for research in foreign archives (excluding exchange fellowships) will proceed as planned from Aug. 31, 2020 until the submission deadline of Nov. 16, 2020. Apply for long-term fellowships or travel grants

Applying for a Fellowship

Short-term fellowships have been suspended for the 2021-22 academic year. Long-term fellowship and travel grants applications will be accepted beginning Aug. 31, 2020, with a submission deadline of noon PST on Nov. 16, 2020.  The fellowship year begins on June 1, 2021, and ends on June 30, 2022.

Application Guidelines (for long-term awards and travel grants only)

Applications are submitted online and include:

  • Project description not to exceed 1,500 words, and consisting of two parts: description of the project and its significance (approx. 1,000 words); description of the specific Huntington materials to be consulted and an outline of the plan of work for the fellowship period (approx. 500 words). Applicants for travel grants/exchange fellowships should describe the materials to be consulted abroad. Document should be single-spaced, 11 pt. font (approx. three pages). The project description will be considered by a panel of scholars from a variety of humanities disciplines and should be written for non-specialists.
  • Curriculum vitae of no more than three pages.
  • Letters of recommendation: TWO letters for travel grants fellowships; THREE letters for long-term awards.
  • We do not accept letters from your job dossier or from Interfolio Scholar Services. Letters of recommendation must be tailored to your individual application and speak to the relevance of The Huntington’s collections and why they are crucial to your project. The same applies to a travel grant application, in which you will indicate which materials in foreign archives you wish to consult and the relationship between the research to be conducted abroad and research that either has been (or will be) conducted on the basis of The Huntington’s collections.

It is advisable to begin your online application well before the application deadline. You may revise your application at any time until the deadline. For more information, see Fellowship FAQs.

Application Submission Process

1. Create an account
2. Complete online application, upload attachments and submit

Applications for long-term fellowships and travel grants will be accepted Aug. 31, 2020 to noon PST on Nov. 16, 2020.

Contact [email protected] for assistance.

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