Houghton Library Fellowships

Houghton Library supports research on its collections by scholars, poets, artists, and Harvard University undergraduate students through four annual fellowship programs: Visiting Fellowship, Undergraduate Fellowship, WPR Creative Fellowship, and New England Regional Consortium Fellowship.


Open to Harvard undergraduates only.  Due to the upcoming building renovation at Houghton Library, the Undergraduate Fellowship Program is on pause for 2019-2020. 


Now accepting applications for 2020-2021. Deadline: January 17, 2020.


Applications will open November 15, 2019. Deadline: January 15, 2020.


Application now open. Deadline: February 1, 2020.


Houghton Library is Harvard’s principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The Visiting Fellowship Program offers scholars at all stages of their careers funding to pursue projects that require in-depth research on the Library’s holdings.

The application deadline for 2020-2021 fellowships is January 17, 2020. Please note that due to the Houghton Library building renovation, the fellowship year will start later than usual, running from September 2020 through June 2021. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to save applications in progress; do not submit your application until it is complete. 

Applicants are required to provide the following:

  • a project proposal
  • a preliminary list of Houghton Library collection materials that will likely be consulted, including HOLLIS catalog call numbers and permalinks
  • a curriculum vitae
  • two letters of reference

Please note: Other than the Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography and the American Trust for the British Library Fellowship, the specific fellowship best suited to an applicant's research will be determined by the Selection Committee.

Recipients will be notified by April 1, 2020.


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