Inviting Academic Communtiy and Environment

Fellows are welcomed into a vibrant and inviting academic community committed to high-level intellectual engagement through colloquia, conferences, lectures, graduate programs, and an in-house academic journal, Winterthur Portfolio.



Research fellows are provided with office space inside Winterthur's Research and Library building in order to meet their research and writing needs while on site. They are equipped with a desk and access to wireless internet, computer access to Winterthur's in-house collections management system, telephone, and laser printer as well as access to photocopiers and scanners. Research fellows are encouraged to bring laptop computers and digital cameras to use in the office and library.



Research fellows receive a badge granting 24-hour access to open stack collections in the library. Rare book and manuscript collections are available 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, and 9 am to 1 pm on the second Saturday of the month.


Research fellows are encouraged to study the museum collections through access to the collections management database and the object research files in the Registrar’s Office. Staff members in the Collections Department and the Academic Programs Department are happy to provide research fellows study time with museum objects.



Staff members of the Garden Department can assist research fellows in using the research files and the plant records system and are available to help fellows with their work.



Research fellows live on the Winterthur grounds in a charming farmhouse and former residence of Winterthur's head cook. Set amid rolling hills and forest, this is a beautiful place that provides fellows with uninterrupted time to research, write, and think about their projects in the peaceful atmosphere of the Winterthur estate. Living with other fellows also provides the opportunity for researchers to talk and collaborate informally on their projects. The residence is complete with wireless Internet access, cable television, fully equipped kitchen, bicycles, laundry facilities, and 24-hour access to Winterthur bucolic grounds.



During their time at Winterthur research fellows are afforded many of the perks of staff members in terms of access and privileges, including complementary tours of the museum and grounds. Research fellows are fully immersed in Winterthur's relaxed but vigorous scholarly atmosphere that includes monthly research colloquia, lectures, informal lunches with staff and students, workshops, conferences, and public presentations. This community also extends to our nearby institutions, the University of Delaware, Hagley Museum and Library, and the Delaware Historical Society. While at Winterthur researchers are also encouraged to share their work with the museum community through workshops and lectures that can be organized by the Academic Programs staff. Furthermore, fellows are encouraged to take part in the lively programming Winterthur offers, including concerts, receptions, gallery talks, and other family and public programming throughout the year. Winterthur is in the heart of the Brandywine Valley, a rich cultural hub within a short distance to many museums, historic sites, parks, restaurants, and other attractions. It is also within easy driving distance of Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.


I benefitted from the general experience of being at Winterthur. The landscaped beauty, relative isolation, helpful staff, and scholarly community made for a fruitful place to think and write. I found the Visiting Scholars’ Residence to be a wonderful place to stay and I also enjoyed the library facilities.” -Michael “Mookie” Kideckel, Ph.D. Candidate, Columbia University, 2015-2016 Fellow

The scholars, the staff, the grounds, the resources are beyond anything I could have imagined going into the experience.  I’m not alone; two or three of the fellows told me that it was the most positive fellowship experience they had ever had. They pointed to the unique blend of social life, supports, materials, and the comfortable work environment.“ -Nicholas P. Cooley, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Iowa, 2016-2017 Fellow

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