Graduate Scholar-in-Residence Program

For the fall of 2011-12, we will inaugurate a new Graduate Scholar-in-Residence program at the Newberry to encourage PhD candidates in the humanities to conduct research in our collections and become a part of our community of scholars. We invite graduate students who have advanced to PhD candidacy to apply for this status. Preference will be given to candidates whose dissertation projects are well advanced. The students who are selected will be provided with a research carrel, access to the Newberry during extended hours, and opportunities to present their work-in-progress to the Newberry’s scholarly community.

In order to apply to become a Graduate Scholar-in-Residence, you must submit a project description, which should be no longer than 1500 words. It should describe your project, explain its significance, describe the Newberry materials to be consulted, and outline your plan of work. Your need for and intensive use of the Newberry’s collections will be a crucial factor in our consideration of your application. Thus, please take special care to be as specific as possible about the Newberry materials you plan to consult. You may learn more about the Newberry’s collections by consulting the online catalog and the descriptive information included in the “Collections and Catalog” section of the Newberry website.

In addition to your project description, please complete the application form, and submit it along with an up-to-date c.v, and two letters of recommendation. These materials will be reviewed by a sub-committee of the Newberry’s Academic Council. We expect that graduate scholars will be “in residence” at the Newberry at least 10 hours per week, which will enable them to make good use of the collections and participate in the Newberry’s intellectual community. Like postdoctoral scholars-in-residence, graduate scholars should be willing to provide a small amount of service to the Newberry. Unfortunately, the Newberry cannot offer remuneration to scholars-in-residence, but we can offer some privileges, including reserve space for paged materials and the ability to read at the Newberry on Mondays, when we are closed to the general public.

Please submit your application materials electronically to The application is due August 1, 2011. We expect to notify applicants about their acceptance around August 22, 2011. We hope that the graduate scholars-in-residence will begin their residencies on September 6, so that they can join the new long-term fellows in the fall orientation activities.

If you have any questions, please write to

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