Hilltop Fellowship

The Hilltop Short-Term Research Fellowship

The application deadline for these positions has passed. Applications were accepted from September 1 to December 15, 2022 for fellowships to be activated within the 2023 calendar year.

Hilltop Fellowships provide opportunities for individuals with a specific need for the Special Collections at Georgetown University’s Lauinger Library to advance a significant scholarly project on a topic related to Catholicism in any of the disciplines composing Catholic Studies, such as theology and philosophy, history and literature, the arts and the natural and social sciences.

Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral scholars, and scholars with terminal degrees who live and work outside of the Washington metropolitan area are eligible to apply.

Interior study and research room with desks and chairs in the Lauinger Library
Lauinger Library

The fellowships are available for a four-week period with a stipend of $3,000. During that month, the fellow will have status as a sponsored university associate and access to the Booth Family Center for Special Collections during its ordinary operational hours. Awardees may combine their Hilltop Fellowship award with other stipendiary support and sabbatical funding. Local residency is required for the month of fellowship.

The library’s collections are especially suitable for studies of Catholicism in the U.S. colonial and early national periods, as well as of Jesuit activity from the colonial period to the present in North America. The Catholic Studies Program and the Booth Family Center for Special Collections are especially eager to encourage projects that focus on American Indian, African American, and women’s histories. Some collections, in whole or part,  require special permissions to use, copy, and publish. It is the responsibility of the fellows, in consultation with library staff, to obtain such permissions.

Among the larger, relevant components of the university’s Special Collections are:

The first two of these constitute the heart of the Jesuit/Georgetown “slavery archives.” Among the other collections, pertaining to Catholic organizations and institutions

And there are numerous papers, including those of:

The collections also include:

This list is not exhaustive, and applicants are encouraged to review the website of the Booth Family Center for Special Collections, which includes multiple finders’ guides.

For the study of Catholicism, other archives in the vicinity include the U.S. National Archives and the Special Collections at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis, and the Archives of the Archdiocese of Baltimore at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore.



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For more information on the terms and scope of the fellowship, please contact Prof. David J. Collins, S.J.