The Lilly Library plans to accept applications this fall for fellowships to support travel and digitization during the 2023 calendar year. Please check this page for an announcement in the spring of 2022.

The Everett Helm Visiting Fellowships

The Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship program supports research and provides access to the collections of the Lilly Library for scholars residing outside the Bloomington area. Project proposals should demonstrate that the Lilly Library's resources are integral to proposed research topics. Candidates are encouraged to inquire about the appropriateness of a proposed topic before applying. Successful applicants will receive an award of up to $1,500 in support of travel, living, and/or research expenses. Awards must be used within one year of the award date and recipients must reside in Bloomington during the period of their awards.

There is no special application form. Applicants are asked to submit a brief research proposal, not to exceed three pages. The proposal should (a) emphasize the relationship of the Lilly collections to the project, (b) include the length and preferred dates of the visit and (c) a budget specific to this research proposal which includes travel costs, living and research expenses, and any other source of financial support for this research trip. Applicants are also asked to submit a résumé and, for graduate students or other researchers whose résumés do not include a list of publications in their fields of research, two confidential letters of recommendation.

Application deadline: Suspended due to Lilly Library renovation.

Mendel Fellowships

The Lilly Library of Indiana University invites applications for fellowships of up to $40,000 during the academic year in support of research in the library's Bernardo Mendel collections, as noted below.

Established through a bequest by the estate of Johanna Lenz Mendel in 1998, the Mendel Fellowships are intended to support research by scholars from around the world in areas of particular interest to the Mendels, including: the history of the Spanish Colonial Empire; Latin American independence movements; European expansion in the Americas; voyages, travels and exploration; geography, navigation and cartography; German literature and history; and music, including sheet music. The amount of the stipend is based on the length of stay, which may range from one week to a full academic year. The fellowship is intended to cover travel to the Lilly Library and living expenses while in residence.

There is no special application form: Candidates, ranging from doctoral research students to senior scholars, should submit a curriculum vitae, a 2-3 page proposal for their projects, including the specific holdings they intend to consult, two letters of recommendation, and a indication of length of stay, which may include the summer months.

Application deadline: Suspended due to Lilly Library renovation.

Send applications for Helm and Mendel Fellowships to:

By post

The Lilly Library
Indiana University Libraries
1200 East Seventh Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405

By email