How to Apply

Short-term Fellowship

The application for a short-term fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library consists of four parts:

  1. A narrative description of the proposed project, including an explanation of its historiographical significance, progress to date on the project, identification of specific materials to be consulted at the JCB, and plan for work to be completed while in residence. Applicants may submit proposals in English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese (although English is generally preferred by the committee when possible).
  2. Current curriculum vitae.
  3. A completed application form.
  4. Applicants should arrange for two (2) letters of recommendation to be sent in support of their proposed project.

Individuals whose permanent residence is within commuting distance of the Library (approximately 45-mile radius) are also eligible for the short-term fellowship competition. However, if a fellowship is awarded, the total amount will be adjusted to 50% of the residential stipend amount so as to support transportation expenses instead of housing costs. 

The annual application period runs from September - November, with a deadline of December 1st. Begininng on September 1st, applications may be submitted to our application portal, Interfolio.

Long-term Fellowship

The application for a long-term fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library consists of four parts:

  1. A narrative description, in English, of the proposed project, including an explanation of its historiographical significance, progress to date on the project, identification of specific materials to be consulted at the JCB, and plan for work to be completed while in residence
  2. Current curriculum vitae.
  3. A completed application form.
  4. Applicants should arrange for three (3) letters of recommendation to be sent in support of their proposed project.

The annual application period runs from September - November, with a deadline of December 1st. Begininng on September 1st, applications may be submitted to our application portal, Interfolio.

Collaborative Cluster Fellowship

The application for a Collaborative Cluster Fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library consists of two parts:

  1. Project overview (approx. 1000 words), outlining the proposed research project, names of participants, and proposed length of fellowship (between two to four weeks).
  2. CVs for each participant.

No letters of reference are required for the Collaborative Cluster Fellowship application.

Application materials may be sent to the attention of Neil Safier at JCB-Fellowships@brown.edu by the January 15, 2020 deadline.

Digital Fellowship for Former Fellows

Applicants should submit a 750-word project proposal (which appends the applicant's original project at the JCB, not included in word count) outlining the work they hope to do at the Library, progress on the project to date, a description of any relevant technical skills the applicant has, and a framework for the project’s engagement with digital tools and proposed outcomes. The project proposal should also include the applicant’s name and institutional affiliation. No letters of recommendation are required; however, if the applicant has already worked with digital technologies staff at her/his home institution, a letter of support from that individual would be helpful, since collaboration with other institutions is an essential part of this overall effort. Once again, this fellowship competition is open only to former fellows of the John Carter Brown Library. 

Interested individuals should submit applications (in .pdf form) to the attention of Neil Safier at jcb-fellowships@brown.edu by January 15, 2019.

Hodson Trust – John Carter Brown Library Fellowship

Application details may be found here.

The deadline to apply for a Hodson Trust – John Carter Brown Library Fellowship is March 15, 2019.

J.M. Stuart Fellowship

The J.M. Stuart Fellowship application consists of three parts:

  1. A single page with name, affiliation, status and 100-word abstract
  2. A narrative description of your proposed project (not to exceed 1200 words), including an explanation of its historiographical significance, progress to date, and identification of specific materials to be consulted at the JCB
  3. A current curriculum vitae.

The Stuart Fellowship carries a stipend equivalent to the Graduate School stipend for a nine-month term, beginning September 1. The Stuart Fellow will also receive a summer stipend that is equivalent but additional to the summer support provided by the Graduate School (currently one-ninth of the academic year stipend), to be used in the summer following their residency at the JCB. Fellows may also apply for up to $1,000 in travel funds for supplementary dissertation research in other collections of primary materials.

Nominations and applications may be sent to the Assistant Director for Academic Programming and Fellowships by January 29, 2019. Only applications that are accompanied by a nomination from their department chair (also due to us on or before January 29, 2019) will be considered. All applications will be considered provisional pending verification of academic standing by the Dean of the Graduate School.

Interdisciplinary Opportunities Fellowship

Interested students should submit applications to the JCB as well as to the Graduate School in January 2020. For more information and to apply, click here or email jcb-fellowships@brown.edu.