The Huntington Long- and Short-Term Fellowships


The Huntington Library awards over 150 research fellowships annually. Recipients of all fellowships are expected to be in continuous residence at The Huntington and to participate in, and make a contribution to, its intellectual life. The application deadline for fellowships in the 2020-2021 academic year is Nov. 15, 2019.

The Huntington is a collections-based research institute, which promotes humanities scholarship on the basis of its library holdings and art collections. The Library holds more than eleven million items that span the 11th to 21st centuries. Its diverse materials center on fourteen intersecting collection strengths:

  • American history
  • architecture, landscape design, and planning
  • British history
  • California
  • early printed books
  • Hispanic history and culture
  • history of science, technology and medicine
  • literature in English
  • medieval manuscripts
  • maps and atlases
  • the Pacific Rim
  • prints, posters, and ephemera
  • photography
  • Western American history

The Art Collections feature European and American art spanning more than 500 years, with diverse strengths ranging from Renaissance Italian bronzes to British Grand Manner portrait paintings to early American folk art to twentieth-century drawings, prints, and photography.

In addition to reinterpreting the well-known highlights of our collections, thereby connecting them with new and broader audiences, we aim to inspire future generations of scholars and artists by providing greater access to all of our collections.

Applying for a Fellowship

For those interested in applying for a 2020-2021 academic year fellowship, applications will be accepted beginning Aug. 30, 2019, with a submission deadline of noon PST on Nov. 15, 2019. Recipients of all fellowships are expected to be in continuous residence at The Huntington and to participate in, and make a contribution to its intellectual life. The fellowship year begins on June 1, 2020, and ends on June 30, 2021.

Application Guidelines

Applications are submitted online and include:

  • Project description not to exceed 1,500 words, and consisting of two parts: description of the project and its significance (approx. 1,000 words); description of the specific Huntington materials to be consulted and an outline of the plan of work for the fellowship period (approx. 500 words). Applicants for travel grants/exchange fellowships should describe the materials to be consulted in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Document should be single-spaced, 11 pt. font (approx. three pages). The project description will be considered by a panel of scholars from a variety of humanities disciplines and should be written for non-specialists.
  • Curriculum vitae of no more than three pages.
  • Letters of recommendation: TWO letters for short-term awards and travel grants/exchange fellowships; THREE letters for long-term awards.

It is advisable to begin your online application well before the application deadline. You may revise your application at any time until the deadline. For more information, see Fellowship FAQs.

Application Submission Process

Applications for fellowships will be accepted Aug. 30, 2019 to noon PST on Nov. 15, 2019.

Contact for assistance.

Application date
1-13 months
Humanities : Anthropology & Ethnology, Architecture and urbanism, Arts and Art history, History
Other : Medicine