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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. Doctorate-seeking scholars, scholars with a PhD or equivalent, and independent scholars 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 three types of fellowship:

  • Travel grants allowing scholars to make short visits—between one and three weeks—to explore our collections.
  • Standard residential fellowships for pre- and post-doctoral researchers, ranging in length from one to ten months.
  • 80/20 Fellowships, which offer pre-doctoral students the chance to gain additional professional experience while pursuing their academic research projects.
Are fellowships available for less than one week or more than ten months?

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

Please note that the 80/20 Fellowship is only available for a full academic year (10 months).
80/20 applicants who also wish to be considered for a standard research fellowship may request a stay lasting fewer than ten 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.

Is my fellowship stipend taxable?

Yes. US citizens will need to report their stipend 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 2018/19 fellowships are due no later than January 19, 2018.

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?

Generally no, although there is one exception: Pre-doctoral students applying to the 80/20 Fellowship may indicate that they wish to be considered for a standard residential fellowship if they are not awarded the 80/20 Fellowship. In that case, applicants must indicate how much time they wish to spend in Kansas City as a residential fellow.

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

Fellowship recipients will be notified in early spring 2018.

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 2018/2019 fellows, this corresponds to the period between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

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.

80/20 Fellowship

Who is eligible to apply for the 80/20 Fellowship?

Pre-doctoral students who have completed their coursework and qualifying/comprehensive exams and are in good standing with their departments may apply for the 80/20 Fellowship.

How will the 80/20 Fellowship differ from a standard residential fellowship?

80/20 Fellows divide their time at the Library between two projects. They are expected to spend 80% of their time working on their primary or dissertation research and 20% of their time curating a public history project. This corresponds to spending four days per week on the former and one day per week on the latter during the course of their ten-month stay at the Library.

I have little to no experience planning or curating an exhibition. Will I receive any guidance if I am selected as an 80/20 fellow?

Yes. You will have regular check-in meetings with a library staff member, who will advise and support you as you develop your project. You will also receive guidance and media training through the Library’s Communications Department.

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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 can provide a list of nearby apartment complexes and short-term rental options.

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 general public while in residence.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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. You 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.