Summer Fellowships for Yale Graduate Students

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The Lewis Walpole Library offers one- and two-month summer fellowships to students enrolled in a doctoral program at Yale University who are engaged in or preparing for dissertation research and whose topic of study is supported by the Lewis Walpole Library collections.

The program affords students the opportunity to spend four or eight weeks during the months of June, July, and August in residence at the library to delve into its  rich collections of eighteenth-century materials (mainly British), including important holdings of prints, drawings, manuscripts, rare books, and paintings. Fellowship awards include either reimbursement for travel between New Haven and Farmington or, when possible, accommodations on-site in Farmington as well as a supplement in the amount of $1,750 for one-month or $3500 for two-month fellowships. Students are expected to be in residence and focus their research on the library collections.


Application details for Summer Fellowships for Yale Graduate Students

Applicants should upload the following materials directly to the online application:

  • 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
  • An approved dissertation prospectus or equivalent statement outlining the scope of the doctoral thesis
  • The applicant must also request, via the database, two confidential letters of recommendation - one of which should come from the applicant’s dissertation adviser

Applications for the 2020 Summer Fellowships for Yale Graduate Students will be considered as received through June 1 and awards made on a space available basis. 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 (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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