The Amherst Folger Humanities Fellowship

2023 Application

The Amherst Folger Humanities Fellowship application is now open to graduating seniors and recent graduates (December 2022–May 2024). Deadline to apply is Monday, December 11 at 11:55pm APPLY 

The Amherst Folger Humanities Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship is a laboratory and launch pad for recent graduates with a passion for the humanities. This 9-month program at both the Folger Shakespeare Library and Dumbarton Oaks is designed to support future leaders in the humanities working across a range of roles in cultural institutions, the arts, and education.

The fellowship features:

  • project-based work and independent research that makes meaningful contributions to key institutional initiatives. 
  • mentorship from supervisors and program staff that ensures fellows are building core skills in the field and highly-valued transferable skills.
  • professional development opportunities that are baked into every aspect of the fellowship experience and are shaped by your evolving interests and goals.
  • network-building connections to professionals working across D.C.’s pre-eminent scholarly and cultural institutions.

  • Dominique Manuel 2020-2021 Major: History; 
INTERESTS: Education, history, and the arts. 
Passionate about increasing access to cultural institutions. 
At Dumbarton Oaks, contributed to the digitization of photographs documenting Syrian monuments. At the Folger, worked on an Audience Discovery Project as part of the organization's DE&I initiatives. 
POST-FELLOWSHIP: Went on to pursue a Masters in Library and Information Science, interned at the National Gallery of Art, and served as a Library Assistant at Dumbarton Oaks. Currently a Digital Asset Manager at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
  • Cambell Hannan 2021-2022 MAJORS: 
Political Science I History; 
Digital collections and engagement. 
Passionate about archives as a public service. 
At Dumbarton Oaks, supported K-12 synchronous 
and asynchronous programs and helped digitize a 
rare books collection. At the Folger, assessed 
archival silences and supported expanded access 
for researchers. POST-FELLOWSHIP: 
Went on to a Masters in Archives and Records Management at University College Dublin and recently completed work as an archivist at The Little Museum of Dublin.
  • Abner Aldarondo 2022-2023 MAJORS: 
Spanish I Latinx & Latin American Studies; 
Curation, education, and research. 
Passionate about democratizing cultural 
At Dumbarton Oaks, conducted interdisciplinary 
research to compose a history of the campus' oldest trees. At the Folger, participated in the design and development of long-term exhibitions. 
Went on to serve as a Research Project Coordinator at the Holyoke Public Library History Room and is currently a Teaching Fellow at the District of Columbia International School.
  • Francisco Chong 2023-2024 MAJORS: 
Architectural Studies I Mathematics; 
Social impacts of design and architecture. Passionate about inclusive physical spaces. 
At Dumbarton Oaks will conduct an architectural history research project. At the Folger will assist with visitor experience design and exhibition development in recently redesigned galleries.