Folger Institute

Since 1997, Boston University has been a member, along with over forty leading universities, in the Folger Institute

A center for advanced study and research in a wide range of early modern fields that offers conferences, seminars, and workshops in conjunction with the Folger’s world-class book and manuscript holdings. The Institute typically awards long and short-term research fellowships. Although the Reading Room is currently closed, researchers can still take advantage of reference services and access digital resources. The library offers a dozen or so scholarly programs every year.

Our membership makes BU faculty and graduate students eligible for priority consideration in admission and for grants-in-aid to cover admission, travel, housing, digital access and other expenses. Our membership is currently supported by BUCH, with contributions from the departments of English, History, Classics, World Languages and Literatures, History of Art and Architecture, the Program in Medieval Studies, and the Center for the Study of Europe.

Traveling to and participating in face-to-face programs will obviously be affected through at least spring 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some programs originally scheduled for 2020–2021 have opted to reschedule for a later date, while others have turned to online technologies to convene their participants, sometimes with new objectives and formats.

For further information, application instructions and deadlines, visit the Folger Library’s Scholarly Programs Page  . Contact Professor James Siemon at with questions.