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Fellowships FAQ

Fellowship Basics

Who is eligible to apply for a fellowship?

Linda Hall Library fellowships are intended to assist scholars in financing a short-term or extended research visit. Doctoral students, scholars with a PhD or equivalent, and independent researchers who can demonstrate similar professional or academic experience are eligible to apply. 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.

May non-US citizens apply?

Yes, provided the applicant can secure the necessary travel documents. Please be aware that the US does not have tax treaties with some countries, and you may be required to pay income taxes on your fellowship monies.

What does 'resident fellowship' mean?

Recipients are expected to work full time on their research projects at the Library.

What types of fellowship does the Linda Hall Library offer?

The Linda Hall Library offers two types of fellowship:

  • Travel grants allowing scholars to make short visits—between one and three weeks—to explore our collections.
  • Residential fellowships for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, ranging in length from one to four months.
Are fellowships available for less than one week or more than four months?

No. At this time, researchers may apply for travel fellowships lasting one to three weeks or monthly fellowships lasting between one to four months.

Must I have a fellowship in order to do research in the Library’s collections?

No, the Library is open to all who wish to use its collections.

Are my fellowship funds taxable?

Yes. US citizens will need to report any fellowship funding they receive as income.  Applicants from outside the US are responsible for determining whether a tax treaty between their home country and the US is in force.

  • Fellowships awarded to individuals from a country without a tax treaty with the US that have a nonimmigrant visa status of F, J, M, or Q are subject to a 14% withholding.
  • Fellowships awarded to individuals from a country without a tax treaty with the US that have any other visa status (such as B-2, Tourist) are subject to a 30% withholding.

In either case, some or all of the taxes withheld may be refunded when the individual files a US tax return. Check here for more information and a list of countries that have tax treaties.

Application Process

What is the application deadline?

Completed application packets for 2019/20 fellowships are due no later than January 18, 2019.

What criteria are used in evaluating the fellowship applications?

The application will be evaluated based on the following considerations:

  • Intellectual, historic, and/or scientific significance of the project.
  • Importance of the Library’s collections to the research project.
  • Feasibility of the project given the applicant’s qualifications and the length of the requested fellowship.
How are fellows chosen?

The applications are reviewed by a committee comprised of independent experts and scholars who are not affiliated with the Library.

May I apply to more than one fellowship in an application cycle?

No, you may only apply for one fellowship per year.

If my application is accepted, when will I be notified?

Fellowship recipients will be notified in early spring 2019.

If I am awarded a fellowship, are there restrictions regarding when I must take up my fellowship?

You must take the bulk of your fellowship time during the academic year when the grant was awarded. For 2019/20 fellows, this corresponds to the period between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

May I apply for a fellowship if I have held one previously?

Yes, you may reapply one year after having been awarded a fellowship.

If my application was not accepted, may I reapply for a fellowship?

There is no limit on the number of times you may apply. A complete application must be submitted each time you apply.

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If my application is accepted, how will my fellowship funds be dispensed?

Fellowships cover travel and living expenses up to $750/week for travel fellowships, $3,000/month for pre-doctoral fellows, and $4,200/month for post-doctoral fellows. Expenses are reimbursed upon presentation of receipts and will be dispensed twice a month.

Does the Library provide housing?

The Linda Hall Library does not provide housing for its fellows. We are happy to pass along information about places where fellows have stayed previously. To find out more, please email

What requirements must fellows meet?

All Linda Hall Library fellows must:

  • Work full time at the Library on his or her research project.
  • Offer a lecture or seminar to the general public while in residence if requested.
  • Engage in seminars and in-house events with other residential fellows.
  • Acknowledge the Library in any resulting publications or presentations 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.
  • Write an evaluation of the research experience at the Library and the extent to which the Library collections met research expectations.
Where do I find more information about the Library’s collections?

More information on the collections can be found on the Library’s History of Science and Collections web pages. Applicants may also want to look at the Library’s holdings in the online catalog or digital collections. You are welcome to send questions by email to or to or call us at 816.926.8701.