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

Application Information


Applicants must by U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must possess a doctoral degree awarded by the application deadline date. For the purposes of the Larson Fellowship, doctoral degrees include the Ph.D., M.D., Sc.D., Dr.P.H., D.S.W., P.Psy., D.S.T., Th.D., and J.D.

Tenure & Stipend

The David B. Larson Fellowship in Health and Spirituality is tenable for a period of six to twelve months, at a stipend of $5,000 per month, for residential research at the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress will pay stipends monthly by means of electronic transfer to a U.S. bank account. Transportation arrangements, housing, and health care insurance and costs are the responsibility of the fellow. The Library will provide Fellows with information on housing and can provide fellows with contacts for commercial providers of health care insurance. The Library is required to ensure that nonresident alien visitors maintain minimum levels of medical insurance, and will provide information about insurers that offer qualifying policies to nonresident aliens.


Applicants must submit:

  • A completed application form, in English
  • A curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages; additional pages will be discarded)
  • A single paragraph abstract
  • A statement of proposed research (maximum 3 pages)
  • An explanation of why the Library of Congress is the required venue for your research (maximum 1 paragraph)
  • A bibliography of works you have consulted for your proposal (maximum 3 pages)
  • Two letters of reference with completed reference forms from people who have read the research proposal

The research proposal must define those aspects the applicant wishes to study about the relationship between religiousness and spirituality, and physical, mental, and social health. Research perspectives may begin with, but need not be limited to, medical, psychiatric, psychological, nursing, public health, religious, ministerial, legal, sociological, anthropological, or historical experience. Interdisciplinary or cross-cultural proposals are welcomed. Applicants should be prepared to indicate those Library of Congress collections they anticipate using. Successful proposals will clearly indicate the purpose and principal scholarly contribution of the project, as well as the benefit of working in the Library of Congress for the proposed project.

Due Date

Applications will be accepted up to 11:59pm, September 15, 2024. Access our online application portal here.

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The Larson Fellow is expected to develop research of a publishable quality. As a Library of Congress resident scholar, fellows are also expected to participate actively in Kluge Center events and programs as appropriate.

Contact Information

For questions about application procedures, eligibility, stipend, or deadlines, please email