Kluge Fellowships

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Kluge Fellowships


About the Fellowship

The Kluge Center encourages humanistic and social science research that makes use of the Library’s large and varied collections. Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research is particularly welcome in the Kluge Fellowship program. The fellowship is open to scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and professional fields such as architecture or law.

Among the collections available to researchers are the world’s largest law library and outstanding multi-lingual collections of books and periodicals. Deep special collections of manuscripts, maps, music, films, recorded sound, prints, and photographs are also available. In-residence scholars have access to the Library’s specialized staff and to the intellectual community of Washington. Further information about the Library’s collections can be found on the Library’s website: http://www.loc.gov/rr/.

Established in 2000 through an endowment of $60 million from John W. Kluge, the Kluge Center is located in the splendid Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. The Center furnishes attractive work and discussion space for Fellowship holders, Kluge Chairs, other distinguished visiting scholars, and post-doctoral and doctoral fellows supported by other grants and foundation gifts.

Application and Selection

Twelve Kluge Fellowships are awarded each year through a competitive selection process. Kluge Fellowships are offered for a period of four to eleven months.

Since the inception of the Kluge Center, dozens of Kluge Fellows have gone on to distinguished academic careers; many have made lasting contributions as public intellectuals.

Follow this link to learn more about eligibility and the application process for Kluge Fellowships: https://www.loc.gov/programs/john-w-kluge-center/chairs-fellowships/fellowships/kluge-fellowships/application-information

Tenure & Stipend

Fellowships are tenable for periods from four to eleven months at a stipend of $5,000 per month for residential research at the Library of Congress. The Kluge Center reserves the right to offer fewer months than originally requested. Fellows may be given residence at any time during the 18-month window after the fellowship letter is received. Stipends will be paid monthly by the Library of Congress by means of electronic transfer to a U.S. bank account.


Applicants must submit:

  • A completed application form, in English
  • A curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages; additional pages will be discarded)
  • An abstract describing your proposed research (maximum 500 words)
  • An explanation of how the Library of Congress and its collections will benefit your work (maximum 1 page, 500 words)
  • A completed project proposal including a work plan that identifies project outcomes (maximum 3 pages; additional pages will be discarded)
  • A bibliography of works you have consulted for your proposal (maximum 3 pages; additional pages will be discarded)
  • Three letters of reference with completed reference forms from people who have read the research proposal

Due Date

Applications will open April 15, 2023 and be accepted up to 11:59pm, September 15, 2023Please click here to visit our application portal to begin your application!

For more details, visit: https://www.loc.gov/programs/john-w-kluge-center/chairs-fellowships/fellowships/kluge-fellowships/application-information

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