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Program The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress

Application Information


Applicants must submit:

  • A completed application form, in English
  • A curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages)
  • A single paragraph abstract
  • A statement of proposed research (maximum 3 pages)
  • A bibliography of works you have consulted for your proposal (maximum 3 pages)
  • Three references with completed reference forms from people who have read the research proposal


A panel of scholars will review your application materials. The panel will consider your application in relation to numerous other proposals. Evaluation criteria will include:

  • The quality of the conception, definition, organization, and description of the project
  • Application demonstrates the relevance of their project for research in the Georgian Papers at Windsor and the collections of the Library of Congress
  • Application demonstrates potential contribution of the project to the relevant field of inquiry

Due Date

The Kluge Center is revisiting fellowship deadlines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Application materials must be submitted by the deadline date via the Kluge Center’s online application system.

Language Certification

For applicants whose native language is not English, there must be evidence that the applicant is fluent in English so as easily to conduct research, discuss work with colleagues, and make a public presentation, although the ultimate product of the research may be written in the applicant’s native language. For English speakers who seek to do research in the Library’s foreign language collections, there must be evidence that they have a command of the relevant language or languages at the level requisite for serious research.


The Georgian Papers Fellow is to spend one month in residence at the Royal Archives at Windsor and one month in residence at the Library of Congress. The fellow will be strongly encouraged to present their findings at a public program at the end of their tenure. The selectee must begin their residency within a 12 months of the announcement, although the two month committment is flexible with respect to which institution the fellow attends first.


One Georgian Papers Fellowship will be awarded by the Library of Congress. The Award will be announced on December 14, 2021. For overseas fellows, award letters will address visa questions and include a form which must be filled out and submitted to the Library of Congress to determine tax residency status and the potential for U.S. Federal income tax withholding. Scholars who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who do not already have a U.S. Social Security number will be required to obtain either a Social Security or tax identification number, as appropriate, at the start of their fellowship at the Library, regardless of the taxability of their income under this program. Transportation arrangements are the responsibility of each Fellow. Housing is not provided by the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress does not supply health insurance coverage but can provide contacts with commercial providers. Because the United States does not have a national health plan, if a selectee becomes ill or injured during the term of appointment, there is no provision for care.