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, 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.


Each year, the Woodberry Poetry Room invites poets, writers, multidisciplinary artists, and scholars of contemporary poetry to propose creative projects that would benefit from the resources available in the room and to generate new work that further actualizes the Poetry Room's collections.

The Creative Fellow receives a stipend of $4,000 and a Harvard Library special borrower’s card, as well as in-depth research support from the Poetry Room's curatorial staff. During certain years, additional WPR Creative Grants have been made available, with a stipend of $1,500.

The Fellow is expected to be in residence for at least 7 days during the period from September 2019 through April 2020.  If the Poetry Room's schedule permits, the WPR Creative Fellow will be asked to make a recording for the Poetry Room’s archive and/or to present their work-in-progress during their visit as a part of the WPR's public programming.

To be considered, applicants will be asked to provide the following materials:

  • a description of the proposed creative project, which highlights the applicability of the Poetry Room's collection materials (and, other Harvard Library collections, if pertinent) to the project 
  • a list of the collection materials that will likely be consulted
  • a work sample (writers/scholars: a single PDF writing sample / 15 pages maximum); visual & interdisciplinary artists / up to 10 digital images or a 10-minute (maximum) excerpt of a sound or visual recording. Accepted formats include: PDF, TIFF, JPEG, MP3, WAV, MP4 and MOV.
  • a current artistic/professional resume (in PDF format)
  • contact information for one letter of reference


The application deadline is January 15, 2020.  For further information, contact Christina Davis at davis2@fas.harvard.edu.

Recipients will be notified by April 15, 2020.

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