Bourse – Research Fellowships for Graduate Students, Beinecke Library, Yale University

The Beinecke Library at Yale University offers, on a competitive basis, fellowships to support graduate students to pursue onsite research with the collections for one to four months. We welcome applications from students enrolled in graduate programs at Yale and at any other university or college, locally or globally. The fellowship program aims to facilitate research by the broadest possible group of students, regardless of institutional association, race, cultural background, ability, sexual orientation, gender, or socioeconomic status. 

Students applying for a fellowship should be at an advanced stage in their research or prospectus development and propose a fully conceptualized project related to their degree program. Applications from students utilizing traditional methods of archival and bibliographic research are encouraged as are applications from students who wish to pursue creative, interdisciplinary, and non-traditional approaches to conducting research in the collections.

Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate degree program (PhD, MFA, MA, MPhil, MBA, etc.).

Fellowships will be awarded in the amount of $5,000 per month for up to four months of research depending on the research needs of the project. An additional modest travel budget may be awarded if the project would benefit from research at another repository with vital complementary materials; this research would take place directly following the fellowship period at Yale. Fellows’ funding will be awarded at the beginning of the fellowship. All fellows are responsible for reporting their fellowship to their home institution and for paying any taxes related to the receipt of their fellowship.

This is a residential fellowship and fellows are expected to spend the majority of their time in the reading room. Fellows are meant to participate in the intellectual life of the university and are encouraged to participate in the activities of library.

The application form is located on Interfolio and must be completed in its entirety to be considered. Click here to view the application

The application opens on August 19, 2022

The application closes on December 1, 2022 at 11:59pm EST

Applicants will be notified of all decisions by March 1, 2023

Fellowships must be taken between June 1, 2023 and May 31, 2024

Please Note: All graduate student fellows are responsible for reporting their fellowship to their home institution and for paying any taxes related to the receipt of their fellowship. Students enrolled in Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or in one of Yale’s professional schools should check with their advisor about their eligibility and funding implications before applying for a fellowship. 

All materials must be received by the deadline. Applications from previous recipients of a Beinecke fellowship will be considered only in exceptional circumstances. Applicants are required to submit the following materials

  • An application form
  • A curriculum vitae (3 pages max)
  • (Optional) A travel budget for up to $5,000 additional funding for travel and accommodations to do research in other repositories beyond Yale. Please upload this document under “Additional Documents” in the Interfolio application. 
  • A research proposal (1,200 words max) that outlines:

o   Significance of collections research to your project

o   Value of the project to your field 

o   Feasibility of completing the scope of research proposed within the fellowship period 

  • A detailed list of materials to be examined during your fellowship, including call numbers, collection names, and any other bibliographic information available. If you anticipate consulting oversize materials (broadsides, posters, maps, etc.), please indicate those clearly in your list
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation, including one from your academic advisor or equivalent

To assist with your application, most of the holdings of the Beinecke Library are described in Orbis, the online catalogue of Yale University Library, or in Archives at Yale. Applications for pre-prospectus applicants can be found here. Applications for graduate and professional students can be found here.

If you have any further questions, please contact Allison Van Rhee at

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