Postdoctoral Fellowships

In response to evolving researchers’ needs, the Clark Library’s ongoing commitment to make the shared cultural record as widely available as possible and to incorporate principles of equity, diversity and inclusion when facilitating research with the collections, there may be an option for some fellowships to be partially, or entirely remote. Please note that the Ahmanson-Getty and Dissertation Fellowships are among those excluded from being held remotely.

Clark Library staff will meet virtually with fellowship holders to determine jointly whether their project is appropriate for remote assistance. If so, they will provide personal virtual reference consultations and on-demand digitization of relevant holdings, to the extent that the library’s resources will allow.

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The Center administers a number of programs for senior and postdoctoral scholars.

Applications are considered once each year. Applications for appointments to be held anytime during a given fiscal year (from 1 July to 30 June) must be received in the preceding fiscal year, by 1 February.

Fellowship applications are currently closed.

Fellowship inquires may be directed to Myrna Ortiz at or 310-206-8552.

Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellowships

The theme-based resident fellowship program, established with the support of the Ahmanson Foundation and the J. Paul Getty Trust, is designed to promote the participation of junior scholars in the Center’s yearlong core program. Awards are for three consecutive quarters in residence at the Clark. Scholars must have received their doctorates in the last six years, and their research should pertain to the announced theme. Fellows are expected to make a substantive contribution to the Center’s workshops and seminars. Read more about the Core Program 2023–24.

Please note that Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship applicants may be asked for a writing sample during the fellowship review process which is typically February though April of each year. This sample is in addition to the standard application materials.

Fellowship: $64,480 for the three-quarter period including paid medical benefits for scholar and dependents.

Browse list of Ahmanson-Getty Fellows.

ASECS/Clark Fellowships

Fellowships jointly sponsored by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Center/Clark are available to postdoctoral scholars and to ABD graduate students with projects in the Restoration or the eighteenth century. Fellowship holders must be members in good standing of ASECS. Awards are for one month of residency.

Fellowship: $4,000 for the month of residency.

Browse list of ASECS Fellows.

Clark Bibliographical Fellowship

This two-month fellowship provides support for bibliographical research using the Clark’s collections. Eligible projects include textual scholarship; historical, analytical, or descriptive bibliography; the study of book or manuscript production, circulation, and use; and related fields. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. degree or have appropriate research experience.

Fellowship: $8,000 for the two-month tenure.

Browse list of Clark Bibliographical Fellows.

Clark Short-Term Fellowships

Fellowship support is available to scholars with research projects that require work in any area of the Clark Library’s collections. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree or have equivalent academic experience. Awards are for periods of one to three months in residence.

Fellowship: $4,000 per month.

Browse list of Clark Fellows.

Kanner Fellowship in British Studies

This three-month fellowship, established through the generosity of Penny Kanner, supports research at the Clark Library in any area pertaining to British history and culture. The fellowship is open to both postdoctoral and predoctoral scholars.

Fellowship: $12,000 for the three-month tenure.

Browse list of Kanner Fellows.

Wilde-Holland Fellowship

This 1–2 month fellowship is available to a postdoctoral scholar, graduate student, or visiting scholar for research using materials from the Oscar Wilde collection at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. The fellowship, established in 2021, honors the writer and cultural figure Oscar Wilde and his grandson Merlin Holland, a scholar who has dedicated himself to studying and celebrating Wilde’s legacy. (If you are a non-Ph.D. applicant who wishes to apply for the Wilde-Holland fellowship, please choose the “Graduate/Other” option under the “Academic Status” question at the start of our combined fellowship application.)

Fellowship: $4,000 per month of residency.

Further details and browse list of Wilde-Holland Fellows.