Shakespeare Association of America


  • FOLGER INSTITUTE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS FOR 2022-2023 The Folger Shakespeare Library has embarked on a major renovation project. While this work is underway and Folger collections are unavailable for in-person consultation, the Folger Institute is committed to continuing its support of collections-based research, and to providing scholars with the resources they need to pursue and advance their work. The renovation offers the Institute the opportunity to create new kinds of awards and to make fellowships more adaptable. Effects of the global pandemic, ongoing at the time of this announcement, require that adaptability. In 2022–2023, Folger research fellowships will place value on many different forms and phases of scholarly enterprise as well as places to pursue it.

    The Folger Institute will offer non-residential research fellowships, in the amount of $3,500, to support four continuous weeks of research and writing. All applications are due by 11:59pm ET on 18 January 2022. Fellowships may be undertaken between July 2022 and June 2023.

    In their applications, scholars should make a strong case for their proposed topic’s importance, its relevance to a field of study broadly supported by or contiguous to the Folger’s collections and programs, and the originality and sophistication of its approach. They should also describe the type of work they would like to undertake, with a justification of why and how their research agenda will advance their project.

    Applicants are encouraged to make their own best cases to pursue their research. Travel to work in archives, libraries, or museums is not a requirement of fellowship support and will not be the basis of an award for 2022–2023. Here are some scenarios an applicant might propose:
    • A researcher requests access to select electronic resources or databases while working from home.
    • A researcher notes how fellowship support will relieve them of the need for summer or adjunct teaching.
    • A researcher requests funds to pay for reproduction and permissions fees for images of rare materials.
    • A researcher requests support for caregiving while researching or writing.
    • A researcher needs dedicated time to organize notes and images collected during past visits to libraries and archives.
    • A researcher plans to hire local research assistance at an archive to which they cannot travel.
    • A researcher plans to create and/or curate digital resources for use in undergraduate classrooms.

    Apply now online. Deadline for research fellowship applications is 18 January 2022.

  • CHASE/London Renaissance Seminar: Free research assistance 2021
    We are aware that at present scholars and doctoral researchers are unable to travel to access archives and libraries and that the necessity for timed slots and limited orders at libraries can make research trips from far afield more difficult. For six months from April 2021 the London Renaissance Seminar can offer free research assistance undertaken by two research assistants to work on Renaissance and early modern projects. The work will be undertaken by two postgraduate Research Assistants generously supported by the CHASE partnership graduate consortium. The graduates are specialists in English literature 1550-1720 but are able to extend to historical briefs.
  • In the first instance the researchers will undertake work for between three and twelve hours. Additional work will be negotiated. The initial aim is to enable scholars to pursue tasks at the British Library and other London archives including London Metropolitan Archives etc., The Research Assistants have experience working with manuscripts and are able to undertake research and checking in manuscripts or in printed books. There is no restriction in terms of who can apply for the service and we are aware that the difficulty of library access affects scholars at all levels of the profession, from doctoral students to emeriti. We welcome commissions from all scholars.When applying for research assistance, we ask that you bear in mind that only limited numbers of books or manuscripts can be ordered for any given day at, for example, the British Library. Thus, unfortunately, for example, an exploratory survey of books is not at present possible. Possible subjects would include, the checking of manuscript quotations; the researching of whether or not specific texts bear annotations; transcription; the checking of State Papers online. Please frame the task as clearly as possible, consider and specify how long it is likely to take someone less familiar with the material, and whether it would require any particular skills.If you think that this research assistance might benefit your project please contact the convenors of the London Renaissance Seminar, Sue Wiseman ( and copy Elizabeth Scott Baumann (
  • The MLA International Bibliography is accepting applications for three-year field-bibliography fellowships. MLA field bibliographers examine scholarly materials and submit bibliographic and indexing information for citations in the Bibliography. Open to all MLA members, including graduate students, the 2020 fellowships will run from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2023. Field bibliographers perform a valuable service for the profession and receive institutional recognition while deepening their knowledge of the field as well as their research skills. The MLA provides materials and training and waives registration fees for fellows attending training sessions at the MLA convention. On completion of the fellowship, fellows receive a $500 stipend and a certificate presented at the convention awards ceremony. For more information and to submit an application, visit the MLA Bibliography Fellowships Web page. Applications are due 1 April 2020.
  • St Anne’s College, Oxford and the Oxford Centre for Early Modern Studies welcome applications for the termly Plumer Visiting Fellowship in Early Modern English Literature. The Plumer Fellowship is a non-stipendiary research position designed for established academics (of any nationality and institution) who wish to be temporarily resident in Oxford. The fellowship is available at any time of year, though would preferably be taken up during an Oxford term, and can last anywhere from 1-3 months. The Fellowship carries no responsibilities beyond giving one lecture in college during the duration of residence. While the fellowship carries no stipend, the college will provide five lunches and/or dinners per week, full free use of the University of Oxford’s libraries, shared office space, Senior Common Room membership (free tea and coffee, newspapers, journals), and free printing and photocopying facilities. Fellows will also be invited to attend formal college dinners and early modern seminars, lectures and social events around the university. In addition, the college can sometimes provide accommodation at a substantially below-market rent. Fellows are asked to be resident in Oxford for the majority of their time in post. Previous and upcoming Plumer Visiting Fellows (since the fellowship started in 2018) include: Prof Ros King (Southampton), Prof Kaara Peterson (Miami), Prof Richard Wilson (Kingston), Dr Hannah Crawforth (KCL), Prof Michael Ullyot (Calgary), Prof Jessica Wolfe (UNC Chapel Hill) and Prof Stephen Guy-Bray (UBC Vancouver). Applications for the Fellowship are brief and easy; they consist of a CV and a short statement detailing the research the candidate wishes to undertake while in Oxford. Applications are now open for fellowships starting in or after the academic year 2020-1. In the first instance, interested parties should contact Dr Robert Stagg ( or to discuss a possible application.