Folger Institute

The Folger Institute is a center for research in early modern humanities at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Through its cross-disciplinary conversations, the Institute gathers scholarly communities to stimulate fresh research in the Library collections and establish new teaching agendas for early modern fields. Programming includes faculty seminars on specialized early modern subjects, weekend workshops on research methods, and academic conferences on field-changing topics. Fellowships bring together scholars from across the globe to work with the Library's collections for up to an academic year. New collaborative initiatives are opening up opportunities for undergraduates and others to experience hands-on work with rare materials.


Kathleen Lynch
Executive Director

Folger Institute

Online Resources

Our online catalog of vault, open stacks, and electronic materials
Images of our early printed books, manuscripts, and art
A collaboratively edited encyclopedia of all things Folger
A blog featuring scholarship from the Folger


Each year, the Folger Institute awards long- and short-term residential fellowships in two separate competitions. We welcome applications from scholars holding the PhD, as well as inquiries and applications from creative artists. A funded fellowship will provide sustained time in the Folger collections to read, write, and share ideas in our vibrant intellectual community.

Scholarly Programs

Folger Institute scholarly programs gather advanced scholars to work together around specific topics relating to Shakespeare and his time. Program formats vary, with offerings lasting a weekend or a year and participants drawing from faculty or graduate students, but each program is oriented around a specific topic or scholarly approach. Funding for participants is often available to support travel and lodging.

Mellon Initiative in Collaborative Research

The Mellon Initiative in Collaborative Research is designed to re-invigorate deeply rooted forms of humanistic inquiry. With a $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Folger Institute sponsors a new model of collaborative research at the Folger.

Code of Professional Conduct

The Folger Institute creates unique opportunities for scholars from many different career stages to share their works-in-progress in ever-shifting communities of intellectual inquiry. Scholars should read and adhere to this code of professional conduct.

Undergraduate Research

We expect and encourage our scholars—who are also often undergraduate professors—to bring their own and others’ Folger research findings into their classrooms. However, undergraduate students can also access the Folger on their own by applying for special reading privileges or by coming as part of a class visit.