Houghton Library

Visiting Fellowships

Houghton Library is pleased to offer short-term visiting fellowships to assist scholars with the cost of travel and accommodation to come and pursue their research at the library.


Overview

Houghton Library is the principal rare book and manuscript library of Harvard College, which documents the history of Western civilization.  Materials relating to American, British, and Continental history and literature comprise the bulk of its collections and include special concentrations in printing, graphic arts, and the theatre.  The collections encompass diverse holdings such as ostraca, daguerreotypes, and the working papers of modern novelists and poets. Fellows will also have access to collections in Widener Library as well as to other libraries at the University.  Preference is given to scholars whose research is closely based on materials in Houghton collections, especially when those materials are unique; fellowships are normally not granted to scholars who live within commuting distance of the library.  Each fellow is expected to be in residence at Houghton for at least four weeks during the period from July 2016 through June 2017 (these do not have to be consecutive weeks), and each fellow will be expected to produce a written summary of his/her experience working with the collections.  The stipend for each fellowship is $3,600. 

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Fellowships to be Awarded in 2016-2017

Please note:  Other than the Pantzer Fellowship, applicants need not apply for specific fellowships, as the Selection Committee would determine which fellowship is best suited to your research, if awarded a fellowship.

  • Beatrice, Benjamin, and Richard Bader Fellowship in the Visual Arts of the Theatre
  • W. Jackson Bate/ Douglas W. Bryant, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowship
    Successful applicants must either be an ASECS member in good standing or be willing to become a member in order to receive this fellowship.
  • William Dearborn Fellowship in American History
  • Rodney G. Dennis Fellowship in the Study of Manuscripts
  • The Ralph Waldo Emerson Fellowship
  • Eleanor M. Garvey Fellowship in Printing and Graphic Arts
  • Houghton Mifflin Fellowship in Publishing History
  • Donald and Mary Hyde Fellowship for the Study of Dr. Samuel Johnson and his Circle
  • Joan Nordell Fellowship
  • Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography
    This fellowship is available to assist scholarly research in descriptive bibliography at Houghton Library and carries a stipend of $3,600 per month, up to twelve months (maximum $43,200).  Fellows are expected to be in residence at Houghton Library for the duration of the fellowship.
  • Howard D. Rothschild Fellowship in Dance
  • John M. Ward Fellowship in Dance and Music for the Theatre

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Applying for Fellowships

To be considered for a fellowship, applicants should complete the online application form, which requires:

  1. a narrative description of the proposed project (up to 500 words);
  2. a list of collection material that will be consulted as initial points inquiry in the project;
  3. a narrative description of the applicability of these Houghton materials to your project (up to 350 words);
  4. an uploaded curriculum vitae; and
  5. two letters of support, submitted either by the referee via the online application form, or emailed to duhaime@fas.harvard.edu or mailed to Houghton Library, Harvard University, ATTN: Fellowship Program, Cambridge MA 02138.

Scholars are welcome to apply each year. If awarded a fellowship, however, a period of 5 years must elapse before another fellowship may be awarded. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 15, 2016.  For further information, contact Monique Duhaime at duhaime@fas.harvard.edu or 617-495-2441

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New England Regional Fellowship Consortium

Houghton Library also participates in the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium.  Please visit their website for further information.

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WPR Creative Fellowship

The Woodberry Poetry Room sponsors a creative fellowship for poets, artists, and scholars. The next deadline for application is: January 15, 2016. View the online application.

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Undergraduate Houghton Library Fellowships

Houghton Library invites Harvard undergraduates to work with our collections this summer (2016), supported by an inaugural Harvard Undergraduate Fellowship. View more information.

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Houghton Library 2015–2016 Visiting Fellows

Dan Beachy-Quick
Assistant Professor of English, Colorado State University
“A Quiet Book”
WPR Creative Grant 2015-2016

Claire Bowditch (joint application with Elaine Hobby)
University Teacher, Loughborough University
"Harvard Library Resources in the Cambridge Edition of the Writings of Aphra Behn"
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Katherine Culkin
Associate Professor, Department of History, Bronx Community College, CUNY
“‘For the Love of Your Sister’: Ellen Tucker Emerson, Edith Emerson Forbes, and the Emerson Legacy”
Ralph Waldo Emerson Fellowship

Rick DesRochers
Associate Professor of Theatre, Long Island University Post
“Putting It Over in Vaudeville: An Anthology of Vaudeville Acts, Sketches and Scenarios”
Joan Nordell Fellowship

Mehmet Ali Dogan
Assistant Professor, Istanbul Technical University, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
“American Missionary Activities and Modernization in the Middle East”
William Dearborn Fellowship in American History

David L. Gants
Associate Professor of English, Florida State University; Editor, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America
“An Introduction to Descriptive Bibliography”
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

John Gill
Independent Scholar
“Lithographed portraits in the Dance Collections of the Houghton Library”
Beatrice, Benjamin, and Richard Bader Fellowship in the Visual Arts of the Theatre

Anselm Heinrich
Lecturer in Theatre Studies; Head of Theatre Studies, School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow
“Theatre in Europe under German Occupation during World War II”
John M. Ward Fellowship in Dance and Music for the Theatre

Wilhelm Hemecker
University Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, University of Vienna; Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the History and Theory of Biography, Vienna
“Analysis of the holdings of Richard Beer-Hofmann regarding a historical critical edition of selected works”
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Elaine Hobby (joint application with Claire Bowditch)
Professor of Seventeenth-Century Studies, Loughborough University
"Harvard Library Resources in the Cambridge Edition of the Writings of Aphra Behn"
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Brooke Hunter
Assistant Professor of English, Villanova University
“Forging Boethius: De disciplina scolarium and the Making of the Medieval Boethius”
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Christa Jansohn
Chair of British Studies, University of Bamberg (Germany)
“The Two Cranach ‘Hamlets’"
Eleanor M. Garvey Fellowship in Printing and Graphic Arts

Sergey Konaev
Principal Researcher, The State Institute for Art Studies (Theatre Legacy Publication Department), Moscow, Russia
“Anna Pavlova as Ambassadress: Bringing the Russian Ballet Repertoire to the West”
Howard D. Rothschild Fellowship in Dance

Heather Kopelson
Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Alabama
“Idolatrous Processions: The Production of Peoples and Places in the Atlantic World”
Howard D. Rothschild Fellowship in Dance

Francesca Manzari
Researcher in Medieval Art History, "Sapienza" University of Rome
“Italian Books of Hours at the Houghton Library”
Houghton Mifflin Fellowship in Publishing History

Daniel Matore
Ph.D. Candidate, New College, University of Oxford
“The Genesis of Modernist Typography: the poetry of E.E. Cummings”
Joan Nordell Fellowship

Laura Miller
Assistant Professor, University of West Georgia
“Reading Popular Newtonianism, 1670-1792”
W. Jackson Bate/Douglas W. Bryant/American Society for Eighteenth‑Century Studies (ASECS)

Chris Mustazza
Doctoral student, University of Pennsylvania
“The Birth of the Poetry Audio Archive: The Vocarium Recordings and The Speech Lab Recordings”
WPR Creative Grant 2015-2016

Eileen Myles
Poet, New York, NY
“About Boston”: researching the Boston accent and archival recordings by Boston-area poets
WPR Creative Fellowship 2015-2016

Katerina Pantelides
Ph.D. Candidate, Courtauld Institute of Art
“Skill, Improvisation, and Vulnerability in the American Ballet Dancer’s Body c.1940-69”
Beatrice, Benjamin, and Richard Bader Fellowship in the Visual Arts of the Theatre

J. Alison Rosenblitt
Lecturer, Balliol College (Oxford); Affiliation: Classics Faculty (Oxford)
“E.E. Cummings in the Great War”
Joan Nordell Fellowship

Peter Sabor
Canada Research Chair and Professor of English, McGill University
“Additional Letters of Frances Burney, 1791-1840”
Donald and Mary Hyde Fellowship for the Study of Dr. Samuel Johnson and his Circle

Eva Franziska Schmid
Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University
“Education and Learning in the Age of American Transcendentalism”
Ralph Waldo Emerson Fellowship

Pavel Sladek
Associate Professor of Hebrew Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague
“The early editions of the works of Rabbi Mordecai Yaffe: A case study in an early modern published author and his social network”
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Zachary Stone
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia
“The Rule of Heaven: Devotional Polity, the City, and Later Middle English Literature”
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Mark Storey
Assistant Professor of American Literature, University of Warwick
“Gore Vidal, American politics, and the classical world”
Rodney G. Dennis Fellowship in the Study of Manuscripts

Michael Plygawko Sullivan
Ph.D. Candidate, Trinity College, Cambridge
“Tennyson’s Harvard Notebooks: Poetic Revision and the Development of Song”
Rodney G. Dennis Fellowship in the Study of Manuscripts

Masaaki Takeda
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo
“Travel Books and Factual Fictions: Defoe, Swift, Psalmanazar”
Donald and Mary Hyde Fellowship for the Study of Dr. Samuel Johnson and his Circle

Huub van der Linden
Research fellow, University College Roosevelt, the Netherlands
“Celebrity, print, and the stage in seventeenth-century Italy: The Houghton Library collection of laudatory broadsides”
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

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