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

Application Information


Applicants may be of any nationality. A Ph.D. degree or equivalent terminal degree is preferred.

Tenure & Stipend

The Jon B. Lovelace Fellowship in Folklife Studies is for a period of up to 8 months, at a stipend of $4,200 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)
  • Three references with completed reference forms from people who have read the research proposal. These references may not be from a staff member of the Library of Congress

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 using the Lomax materials and, if applicable, the Library's other collections for the proposed project.

Due Date

Application materials must be submitted by March 1 via the Kluge Center's online application system External.


The Lovelace 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

Completed application packets should be submitted via the Kluge Center's online application system External. Applications submitted via email, fax, or regular mail will not be considered. For questions about application procedures, eligibility, stipend, or deadlines, please email [email protected].

For questions concerning the collections, please contact:

Todd Harvey
Lomax Curator
The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress
tel. (202) 707-8245
email: [email protected]

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