Fellowships FAQ

Fellowship Basics

What types of fellowship does the Linda Hall Library offer?

Due to the public health risks associated with the coronavirus pandemic, all Linda Hall Library fellowships during the 2021-22 academic year will be virtual.

Instead of traveling to Kansas City, virtual fellows will spend between one and four months conducting research from off-site using digitized resources in the Library’s collections.

Who is eligible to apply for a fellowship?

Virtual fellowships are intended to support scholars whose research draws upon the Linda Hall Library’s collections. 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 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.

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 2021-22 virtual fellowships are due no later than January 15, 2021.

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 Linda Hall Library’s collections to the research project. (Virtual fellows will be able to use materials in the Library’s digital collections and request additional scans in accordance with the Library’s digitization policies. Applicants should call attention to these resources in their applications.)
  • 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 spring 2021.

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 2021-22 fellows, this corresponds to the period between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

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?

Virtual fellows will receive stipends twice per month at a rate of $3,000/month for doctoral students and $4,200/month for postdoctoral fellows.

How do virtual fellows access the Linda Hall Library’s collections?

Virtual fellows may make use of all resources in the Linda Hall Library’s digital collections. They may also request additional scans through the Library’s online catalog, in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • Fellows may submit a maximum of 7 scanning requests per week, with the understanding that it will take 3-5 business days for each request to be fulfilled.
  • Fellows may request scans of entire books, journals, or conference proceedings published before 1924, as well as other resources that are in the public domain (e.g. government documents).
  • Books, journals, and conference proceedings published after 1924 cannot be digitized in their entirety due to copyright restrictions. However, fellows can request scans of specific chapters, articles, or sections of these materials.


Are virtual fellows expected to keep set hours?

Virtual fellows are not expected to keep set hours but must schedule weekly check-in meetings with the Vice President for Research and Scholarship throughout the duration of their fellowship to ensure that they are making progress on their research project.


What requirements must Linda Hall Library virtual fellows meet?

All Linda Hall Library virtual fellows must:

  • Work regularly on their research projects using materials from the Library’s digital collections for the duration of their fellowships
  • Check in with the Vice President for Research and Scholarship on a weekly basis
  • Participate in the Library’s monthly Works-in-Progress Seminar and other in-house events aimed at research fellows
  • Offer a lecture or seminar to the general public if requested
  • 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
  • Submit a written summary of all off-site research activities at the conclusion of their fellowships
  • Complete an evaluation of their research experience and the extent to which the library collections met research expectations
Where do I find more information about the Linda Hall Library’s collections?

More information on the Linda Hall Library’s 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 fellowships@lindahall.org or to reference@lindahall.org or call us at 816.926.8701.