Winterthur Research Fellowships are designed to support residencies, remote, and hybrid fellowships at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library for junior and senior scholars whose projects make use of Winterthur’s collections. Each fellowship provides a monthly stipend. Housing on Winterthur’s property is available for rent on a space-available basis with rental payments billed separately to fellows.

Fellows are expected to devote their full time to their fellowship by not accepting teaching assignments or undertaking any other major activities during their fellowship tenure. Residential fellowships require that fellows be on-site at Winterthur at least four days per week in order to fulfill the fellowship. Remote fellows are expected to spend the equivalent time dedicated to their projects. Fellows may hold non-Winterthur fellowships or grants during the fellowship tenure including sabbaticals and grants from their own institutions so long as they do not interfere with their Winterthur fellowship. Fellows are asked to give a least one presentation, workshop, or other public presentation as well as one social media post about their research during their fellowship tenure.

Fellows, like our staff and volunteers, are expected to act with integrity and in accordance with rigorous ethical principles. Failure to comply with Winterthur’s code of ethics or research misconduct policy may result in termination of the fellowship and disqualification from future fellowship funding.

The Winterthur Research Fellowship Program is dedicated to creating a safe and socially-just environment for our fellows. This includes, but is not limited to: engaging in actions to support BIPOC scholars, creating a harassment-free environment, acknowledging and actively combatting systemic racism and inequality inherent in cultural heritage and academia, and fostering an environment that welcomes sustained and sustainable efforts to support robust scholarly and professional discourse. We welcome engagement with difficult topics, practiced with respect and care, in service of these goals.

Remote Fellowship

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we created a remote fellowship option to accommodate offsite work. We understand that personal and professional obligations, limits to budgets and time, and other factors create significant challenges to travel and residential work. We are happy to discuss with you the possibility of remote and hybrid options if you are awarded a fellowship. Remote options are offered for researchers in all categories.

What does a remote fellowship include?

  • Digital Access to Winterthur’s museum, garden, and library collections
  • Virtual Access to staff support and project consultations
  • Remote Opportunities to present and publish scholarship
  • Virtual Opportunities to interact with Winterthur’s Research Fellow community including current, former, and prospective fellows, and Winterthur graduate students, faculty, and staff

If you have any questions, please contact Thomas A. Guiler.

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Applicants at any level or rank who have completed their Ph.D. may apply for a four-month fellowship to pursue advanced research or revise research for publication.  Stipend: up to $4,200 per month.

Dissertation Fellowships

Doctoral candidates conducting research or writing a dissertation receive four- to nine-month fellowships. Stipend: up to $1,750 per month.

Short-Term Fellowships

Academic, museum, and independent scholars, including graduate students may apply for two- to six-week fellowships. Stipend: $1,750 per month. Applicants need not apply for a specific named fellowship, but we do periodically designate certain awards as:

  • Faith Andrews Fellowships for the study of Shaker life and material culture
  • Robert Lee Gill Fellowships for research on American decorative arts, painting, architecture, or historic preservation
  • Cheryl A. Robertson Fellowships for the study of American domestic life and material culture

Maker-Creator Fellowships

These two- to six-week fellowships are designed for artists, writers, filmmakers, horticulturalists, craftspeople, and others who wish to examine, study, and immerse themselves in Winterthur’s vast collections in order to inspire creative and artistic works. The aim of this initiative is to open Winterthur’s collections to a wider audience who can interpret the past and its collections in unique and imaginative ways. Please see our Maker-Creator Fellowship page for more information. Stipend: $1,750 per month.

NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship

This fellowship is made possible by the generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Please visit the NEH’s website for more information about its Research Programs office and the Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI).

The NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship supports an annual residence at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library for a junior or senior scholar whose project makes use of Winterthur’s collections. This four-month fellowship provides a monthly stipend of $5,000. Housing on Winterthur’s property is available for rent on a space-available basis with rental payments billed separately to the Fellow. The NEH Postdoctoral Fellow receives the full benefits of Winterthur’s Research Fellowship Program including office space, internet access, Inter-Library Loan privileges, and special access to Winterthur’s collections.

The NEH Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to be in regular continuous residence for four months and to work on their project on a full-time basis. The Fellow may hold non-NEH fellowships or grants during the fellowship tenure including sabbaticals and grants from their own institution so long as they do not interfere with their residency at Winterthur. The Fellow may not hold another concurrent NEH grant.

Applicants for the NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship must have completed all requirements for their doctoral degree by the January 15 application deadline, and must be United States citizens or foreign nationals who have lived in the United States for three years preceding the January 15 application deadline.

Affiliated Researchers

Winterthur’s Research Fellowship Program also includes an appointed number of Affiliated Researchers, a group which is comprised of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, senior and junior faculty, as well as independent scholars. Researchers who can provide their own financial support are welcome to contact Thomas A. Guiler to discuss opportunities to access our collections and attend Program events.

“Winterthur helped me jump start my research. I’d spent a summer working slowly through local archives, and having a fellowship at Winterthur allowed me to get back on track. Being able to view materials related to my project was incredibly helpful, as was having a community of fellows and knowledgeable Winterthur staff to help. I’m in a much better position to continue my research with momentum.”

Rebecca J. Keyel, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015-2016 Fellow

Photo courtesy of Winterthur Museum. Bed Hanging by Jean-Baptiste, Oberkampf Factory, c.1785, Jouy-En-Josas, France, Cotton, Museum purchase, 1961.31.24.  Photo by Roberta Weisberg (IMLS grant)