Linda Hall Library
Science Engineering Technology

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  • The Library will be closed on Monday, July 3rd and Tuesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.

Upcoming Events

  1. Second Saturday Exhibition Open House

    July 8, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  2. Solar Eclipse 2017 Road Trip

    August 21, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
  3. An Evening with Sara Paretsky

    August 29, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  4. Extreme Storm Chasing

    September 14, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  5. Journey Into an Active Volcano

    October 4, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Fellowship Application Instructions



The application should include the following 4 elements (in one document):

  1. Cover sheet with the following information
    • Name
    • Address
    • Email address
    • Telephone & fax numbers
    • Institutional affiliation or employer
    • Title/Position/Rank at current institution
    • Date expected to receive PhD, if applicable
    • Title of proposed project
    • Time period of requested support, with a minimum of 1 week and maximum of 10 months (approximate dates are fine)
    • Any grants or fellowships received in the last five years
  2. Curriculum vitae of no more than three pages.


  3. Project description of no more than five pages, including a description of the materials that will be consulted at the Linda Hall Library.

    If applying to the 80/20 Fellowship (note: only pre-doctoral applicants are eligible), please divide your project description into Parts A and B.

    • Part A (2-3 pages) should describe your primary research project that you wish to accomplish during your fellowship and how you would use the Library’s collections.
    • In Part B, please provide a brief proposal (1-2 pages) that outlines the exhibition you would curate during your fellowship based on your research project (or an aspect thereof) and the Library’s holdings. Bear in mind that the Library’s exhibitions are aimed at general, non-specialist audiences and that exhibitions with a clear conceptual message (or messages) that are supported by visual materials from the collections tend to be most effective. Although previous curatorial experience is not required, if you have worked in a similar or related capacity, you should include that in your narrative and curriculum vitae.

    For additional questions, please refer to the FAQ Section.

  4. Names and contact information of three persons who will be submitting letters of reference. The letters should address the project and the fellow’s qualifications. Reference writers should submit the letter by email to by January 16, 2017 with the fellowship applicant’s name in the subject line.

Please send the application information in one document by email attachment to: or use the online application form.

For additional information please contact:


Fellowships are open to doctoral candidates, scholars with a PhD or equivalent, and independent scholars who can demonstrate similar professional or academic experience. Applicants to the 80/20 Fellowship must be pre-doctoral candidates who have completed their coursework and passed their general/comprehensive exams. The 80/20 Fellow must be in residence for the entire academic year (10 months) to allow enough time for research, planning, and installation of the exhibit.

Those who reside in the Kansas City area are not eligible for residential research fellowships. The Kansas City area is defined as Jackson, Cass, Ray, and Platte Counties in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas.


Requirements of Fellows

  • Work full time at the Library on his or her research project.
  • Offer a lecture/seminar to general public while in residence. 80/20 Fellows may give a public gallery talk in addition or in leu of a public lecture.
  • Engage in seminars and/or social interactions with other fellows in residence.
  • Acknowledge the Library in any resulting publication or presentation based on the fellowship and provide a copy of any resulting publication to the Library.
  • Provide documentation (tax forms, visas, work permits) as required by law.
  • Provide a statement of how expenditure of grant monies was consistent with the project.
  • Write an evaluation of the research experience at the Library and the extent to which the Library collections met research expectations.