The Freshman Fellowship

A Year-Long Experience in Research & Mentoring

What Is the Special Collections Freshman Fellows Program?

Freshman Fellows is designed to give you an amazing research-driven experience in the Humanities during your first year at Johns Hopkins University! So, what's in it for you? So many things! You will:

  • Conduct research with rare books, manuscripts, and archival material
  • Analyze items of cultural significance and improve your research skills
  • Be partnered with a mentor in Special Collections who will provide you with individualized research guidance
  • Create an end product of your choosing that focuses on your research, such as an academic talk, a poster presentation, or even a one-act play inspired by your discoveries
  • Receive a $1,000 research award in May 2020.

Alumni of the program have used the experience to obtain additional research grants, such as the Special Collections Undergraduate Research Award (SCURA) and Arts Innovation Grants.

How to Apply

The Freshman Fellows program is very competitive; we only select four students to participate each year. In order to apply, simply write an essay of no more than 750 words discussing why you want to be part of the program and what you would like to explore. You can petition to work on one of the pre-selected topics listed below, or you can chose your own adventure! If you come up with your own research topic, please make sure that we have materials in Special Collections that support your area of study. You can contact Heidi Herr, the Program Director, for questions about your research interest or for guidance with the application process. Send in your essay to the following address: .

Application Deadline: 11:59PM on Sunday, September 15


Info Sessions

All info sessions will be held in the Macksey Seminar Room, located on M-Level of the Brody Learning Commons.

HOP 101s: Wed., August 28th at 9am, 10am, 11am

Info Session: Thurs., September 5th at 7pm

Topics For Your Consideration

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