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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Fellowship Information and Policies

Funding Disbursement

In most cases, Houghton is able to provide the fellowship stipend on the day a fellow arrives at the library, provided we receive sufficient notice. Please contact Monique Duhaime at least one month in advance of your arrival so that we can process your stipend and have it available to hand to you when you arrive (for fellows who are non-U.S. citizens: please note that this process can sometimes take longer than a month, as you will also need to log-in to GLACIER, a tax-reporting database, and supply additional paperwork to our Financial Office). Please also note that due to our fiscal year starting on July 1, if you plan on coming to Cambridge in July, your stipend may not be available until the end of that month. 

Arriving at Houghton

When you arrive at Houghton, let the guard know that you’re here to see Monique Duhaime and she will greet you in the lobby, present your check, and escort you to Widener Library, where you will receive your Special Borrower’s library card, which is valid for up to a year. On your first day or another day early in your fellowship, you will also receive an orientation from Programs Coordinator Peter Accardo or another Houghton staff member. 

Research and Access Policies

Fellows will receive a library card entitling them to reading privileges at Harvard Library units and to borrowing privileges at some circulating collections. Please register as a non-Harvard affiliate for a special collections account before you arrive. Houghton Fellowships do not represent an appointment within the University.  Fellows will not receive a University identification card and will not have access to health care and athletic facilities. Office space and clerical support are not provided. 

Fellows will work in the Reading Room, observing its standard policies. Curators and staff members with particular expertise in areas related to a fellow's research interests will be happy to share their knowledge of our collections.

Wireless Internet access is available for readers’ laptops by using a guest password provided at the Reading Room desk.  Access to licensed Harvard-only electronic resources (EEBO, ECCO, ProQuest, etc.) is available only at hard-wired Reading Room workstations.

Limited digital photography is allowed in the Reading Room; please visit our website for further details.l

For housing assistance, please visit the Harvard Housing Office website.

For Non-U.S. Citizens

Visiting Fellows who are not U.S. citizens can use the Visa Waiver Program (WT, WB, ESTA) to enter the U.S. for the purposes of the Houghton Library Fellowship.  A list of countries eligible for the Visa Waiver Program can be found here. Visiting Fellows are responsible for following all of the steps required by the U.S. Government to participate in the Visa Waiver Program.

Visiting Fellows who are not citizens of visa waiver countries may apply for the visitor’s B Visa at a U.S. embassy in order to visit Houghton.  In the cases where a Fellow cannot obtain the B Visa, Houghton Library can assist the Fellow in obtaining a J-1 short-term scholar visa document from the Harvard International Office.  Please note that Fellows who need to apply for a B or J-1 Visa from the U.S. embassy are responsible for following all of the steps required by the U.S. Department of State and for payment of all Visa and SEVIS fees.  Before accepting this fellowship, you may want to contact your local U.S. embassy for details about obtaining a J-1 Visa.

Taxes are deducted from the stipends of fellows who are not U.S. citizens. This is a U.S. government policy, not a Harvard University policy. View additional information.

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Houghton Library 2016–2017 Visiting Fellows

Dr. Kerri Andrews
Senior Lecturer in English Studies, University of Strathclyde
“The Letters of Hannah More: A Digital Edition”
Donald and Mary Hyde Fellowship for the Study of Dr. Samuel Johnson and his Circle

Mr. Mark Balmforth
Ph.D. Student, Department of Religion, Columbia University
“A Descriptive Bibliography of Houghton’s American Ceylon Mission Archive, 1812-1855”
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Mr. John Francis Davies
Doctoral Award Researcher, University of Lincoln, UK
“Textual Transmission and Materiality in Early Tennyson, 1827-1851”
Joan Nordell Fellowship

Professor Eugene Giddens
Skinner-Young Professor, Anglia Ruskin University
“Visualizing Victorian Childhoods, 1850-1910”
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Professor Ellen Handy
Associate professor, Department of Art, The City College of New York (CUNY)
“Histories of Photography: an Introduction”
Eleanor M. Garvey Fellowship in Printing and Graphic Arts

Dr. Alexander Jordan
Post-doctoral scholar, Fondazione Luigi Einaudi, Turin, Italy
“Thomas Carlyle's Marginalia: Republicanism, Historicism, Empire”
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Professor David Kaminsky
Assistant Professor of Global Arts Studies
“Toward a Theoretical Language for Social Partner Dancing”
John M. Ward Fellowship in Dance and Music for the Theatre

Mr. Andrew S. Keener
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English, Northwestern University
"Theaters of Translation: Cosmopolitan Vernaculars in Shakespeare's England"
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Dr. Huei-Ying Kuo
Senior Lecturer and Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University
“Maritime Silk Road, Whose Global History?”
William Dearborn Fellowship in American History

Dr. Theresa Zammit Lupi
Independent Scholar
“The Houghton gradual and the choir books in Malta: comparisons and possible influences”
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Mr. Aruni Mahapatra
PhD Student, English Department, Emory University
“Print, Literature and Modernity”
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Professor Susanne Meurer
Assistant Professor of Early Modern Art History, University of Western Australia
“Johann Neudörffer the Elder at the Interface of Handwriting and Printmaking”
Eleanor M. Garvey Fellowship in Printing and Graphic Arts

Ms. Rachel Miller
Doctoral Candidate, Department of American Culture, University of Michigan
“Capital Entertainment: Creative Labor and the Modern Stage, 1860-1930”
Joan Nordell Fellowship

Dr. Benjamin Pickford
Honorary Research Fellow in American Studies, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
“Emerson’s Automaton: The Poetics of the Emerson Factory”
Ralph Waldo Emerson Fellowship

Mr. Brent Salter
Doctoral Candidate, Yale Law School
“Agent Author(ity):  Alice Kauser, Copyright, and Compromising the American Playwright”
Houghton Library Fellowship

Dr. Rebekah Scott
Assistant Professor in 19th- & 20th-Century Literature, University of Nottingham (UK)
“The Cambridge Edition of the Complete Fiction of Henry James: Volume 28: 'The Lesson of the Master' & Other Tales”
Houghton Mifflin Fellowship in Publishing History

Dr. Cassandra Ulph
Lecturer in English Literature, Bishop Grosseteste University
 “Translating Domesticity: Hester Piozzi’s Experiments in Genre”
American Society for Eighteenth‑Century Studies (ASECS)

Dr. Susan Valladares
Junior Research Fellow and Lecturer in English, Worcester College, University of Oxford
“The Eighteenth-Century Stock Play”
W. Jackson Bate/Douglas W. Bryant

Dr. Sander Verhaegh
Lecturer, University of Groningen
“The Development of Quine's Naturalism”
Rodney G. Dennis Fellowship in the Study of Manuscripts

Dr. Andrew Walkling
Associate Professor of Art History, English, and Theatre, Binghamton University (SUNY)
“Academies of Compliments, Drolleries, and "New Songs": Printed Song-Text Collections in Late-Seventeenth-Century England”
Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography

Mr. Lei Zhang
Ph. candidate, Department of History, Syracuse University
“Water Lords: Drinking Water in Beijing, 1900-1937”
Houghton Library Fellowship

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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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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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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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