A unique undergraduate experience at the College’s Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

Amherst Fellows Catherine Lowdon '17, Kevin Mei '16 and Irisdelia Garcia '18 get a feel for writing like Shakespeare.

Amherst College students are invited to apply for the Folger Fellowship, a unique undergraduate experience at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., held for two weeks during January interterm.

Fellowships are awarded annually in the fall to six students whose academic work can most profit from intensive research at the Folger, the world’s premier research library for the study of Shakespeare and the English Renaissance, which also holds major collections for research in European arts, culture and history from the early fifteenth century to the end of the eighteenth century, including New World materials. Its founder, Henry Clay Folger, graduated from Amherst in 1879 and bequeathed the Library to Amherst upon his death in 1930.

In addition to conducting independent research on topics of their choosing, participating students (“Folger Fellows”) take part in morning seminars led by Folger experts that address:

  • archival research methods, media history, and material culture from early modern books, manuscripts and art
  • the curation of modern editions and digital texts
  • how to describe rare materials and their digital remediations, and incorporate them into research
  • the creation of manuscripts and how to read early modern handwriting
  • book illustration through the Folger’s art collection

Folger Fellows have afternoons and evenings free to pursue their research, attend plays and exhibitions, and explore Washington, D.C. (Follow the Folger’s blog, The Collation, to learn about the collections and keep up with current news and exhibitions.)

This is an all expenses paid fellowship. Expenses covered include travel costs (from wherever in the U.S. you spend winter break to Washington, D.C., and from Washington, D.C., back to Amherst), housing, all meals and a small media stipend.

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The online catalog of The Folger Shakespeare Library.

HAMNET is the Folger Shakespeare Library’s publicly available online catalog. It contains bibliographic and accession records for many important parts of the collection, including materials published since 1800, rare materials acquired since 1996, manuscript collections and works of art.

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