Funding projects that help push dialogue, critical engagement, and scholarly projects forward is the highest priority of the Institute."

Alexis Boylan, UCHI Director of Academic Affairs

Grants for Folger Research

The Early Modern Studies Working Group supports travel and top-up awards to visit the Folger Shakespeare Library, as part of UConn's involvement with the Folger Institute Consortium. Travel awards support individual research at the library; top-up awards provide additional financial support for successful applicants to Folger scholarly programs. Whereas the travel awards are currently unavailable due to the closing of the Folger for renovations, which began in January 2020, top-up funds remain available for those attending Folger programs (see the 2023–24 list of programs).

Travel Awards (Currently Unavailable)

Graduate student travel awards can be up to $750 and faculty travel awards can be up to $500. Please complete the application form, which includes a research plan and proposed budget for the trip. Review of applications will begin on September 1st and continue on a rolling basis until October 15th.  Given the limited number of funds, early applications are encouraged. Please e-mail or Lyn Tribble ( with any questions.

Top-up Awards

When graduate students or faculty participate in Folger scholarly programming, they can apply to for this award. The award will be smaller than the travel awards and is meant to supplement travel expenses that have already been funded by a grant-in-aid from the Folger. The award is intended to allow participants in Folger programming to stay in Washington (or, during renovations, in Folger-affiliated sites) for a few extra days to conduct research. To apply, please send a proposed budget, schedule, the name of the program you are attending, and a research plan to Applications for this award are accepted at any time during the academic year, though funding is limited.

All awardees will be expected to write a report and blog post based on their experiences at the Folger.