Visual Culture Program Fellowships

Fellows in the Visual Culture Program have studied topics as varied as the relationship between text and images in American primers for children, the graphic arts in Philadelphia from 1780 to 1880, and the intersection of science and art in the production of daguerreotypes. Visit this page for more information about the Library Company’s fellowship program.

The William H. Helfand Fellowship for American Visual Culture

The fellowship is designed to promote scholarship in visual culture through the study of textual and graphic sources from the 16th through early 20th centuries held in the Library Company’s collections. Possible research topics include the production and consumerism of printed graphics; the histories of printing and photographic processes; popular iconography; ephemera; incunabula; the illustrated book trade; and historical depictions of gender, race, and class. Fellows will have the opportunity to attend the Library Company’s public programs and events, participate in the vibrant scholarly community of Philadelphia, and present a lecture about their research.

The stipend is $2500 for a one-month fellowship, which may be fulfilled between June 1 and May 31.


Applications for 2024–25 fellowships have closed. Applications for the 2025–26 academic year will open later in 2024.

Full application instructions are available here.

For more information

For more information about fellowships offered by the Library Company’s Visual Culture Program, contact program director Erika Piola (  For general information about fellowships and application procedures, email