Summer Fellowships for Yale Graduate Students

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The Lewis Walpole Library is delighted to announce the resumption of its residential Summer Fellowship program for Yale Graduate Students. 

The program affords students the opportunity to spend two, four, or eight weeks during June through August in residence at the library in Farmington, Connecticut to delve into its rich collections of eighteenth-century materials (mainly British), including important holdings of prints, drawings, manuscripts, rare books, and paintings.

Applicants must be current Yale graduate students preparing for or at work on a dissertation on a topic relevant to the Lewis Walpole Library’s holdings and who would benefit from extended research in the collections. Students are expected to be in residence and focus their research on the library collections.

Fellowship awards include: 

  • a supplement to your graduate student stipend, depending upon the duration of your Fellowship:

                  8 weeks: $3500
                  4 weeks: $1750
                  2 weeks: $1000 

  • a bedroom at the Timothy Root House, an eighteenth-century residence on the Library’s campus, adjacent to the main Library building. There is a shared self-catering kitchen and lounge, and each bedroom has a desk and an attached full bathroom.

Summer Fellows will be expected to follow Yale Covid-19-related protocols in effect at the time of residency, including the Yale Community Compact and Travel Guidelines

To Apply

Applicants should upload the following materials directly via an online application (link below):

  • A résumé
  • A brief research proposal (not to exceed three double-spaced pages), explaining the relationship between the Lewis Walpole Library’s collections and the applicant’s dissertation research
  • A statement expressing preferred duration and dates of residency
  • An approved dissertation prospectus or equivalent statement outlining the scope of the doctoral thesis
  • The applicant must also request, via the database, a confidential letter of recommendation from the applicant’s dissertation or primary adviser

Application materials must be submitted directly through the listing in the Yale Grants Database Please note you will need to login to access the application.


For more information, please contact Nicole L. Bouché, W.S. Lewis Librarian and Executive Director, 860-677-2140, or

Frequently Asked Questions

How will my LWL Summer fellowship funding work with my Graduate School funding?

For students awarded any length of pre-prospectus fellowship (two, four, or eight weeks), the Lewis Walpole Library Summer fellowship for graduate students at Yale will supplement your Graduate School stipend for the period of the fellowship.

Do I have to take my fellowship all at once?

It is preferable to take your fellowship in one uninterrupted period, however in certain circumstances you may be permitted to take part of your fellowship early on and resume it later in the summer. At any rate, you are expected to complete your fellowship all in the same summer, and you should be free from other commitments.

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