Folger Institute
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Director, Folger Shakespeare Library

Michael Witmore

Director, Folger Institute

Patricia Akhimie


The Folger Institute is a center for advanced research in the early modern humanities at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Founded in 1970, the Institute gathers interdisciplinary communities of scholars for collections-based research. The Institute sets agendas, models best practices, and tests new methods for scholarship. Together with colleagues around the Folger, the Institute seeks to bring public audiences together with scholarly ones as we discover more about the cultures and legacies of the early modern world.The work of the Institute in all its many parts has been generously supported by endowments from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the sustaining memberships of over 40 universities of the scholarly programs’ consortium, and support from a variety of other sources.

Fellowships Program

Folger Institute fellowships support individual scholarly and artistic research that enriches and expands our understanding of the early modern world. We value research that grapples with tough historical questions and that engages with what primary sources both say and do not say in order to produce histories encompassing diverse regions, questions, and methods. The Institute also aims to ensure equitable access to research funding by offering multiple fellowship modules (both in-person and virtual) and removing barriers to fellowship participation.

Scholarly Programs Grants-in-Aid

Competitive grants are also awarded to support travel and lodging for admitted participants to the Institute’s scholarly programs. Grants-in-aid are generally only available to Consortium affiliates, as they come from consortium dues. However, a program description may indicate that an outside funder has extended funding to non-Consortium scholars, and a fund established by Arthur F. Kinney also supports grants-in-aid for participants without regard to their institutional affiliation.

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