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Lewis Walpole Library Fellows' Guide: Summer Fellowships for Yale Graduate Students

Information about Visiting Fellowships and Travel Grants at the Lewis Walpole Library

What you need to know

PAPERWORK AND PAYMENT: Because recipients of this award are already members of the Yale community, the documentation requirements are less than those for Visiting Fellows. In addition, it is expected that Yale Summer Graduate Student Fellows will travel to Farmington from New Haven. Finally, payment is issued as a supplement to the graduate student stipend (not as a stipend or as a per diem) and is handled through the student's academic department at the end of the Fellowship, It is not necessary to complete the Visiting Scholar Travel Information Form or Federal Tax Identification Form for this Fellowship.

LOCATION: The Library is situated on 14 acres, located 41 miles from New Haven on Main Street in the historic district of the village of Farmington. Although there is no direct public transportation between Farmington and New Haven, you can take a train to Hartford or Berlin and get a cab from there. With advance notice, we may also be able to meet you at the train station in Berlin in the Lewis Walpole Library car and drive you to the Library. In addition, there is also ample free parking at the Library, so if you want to bring a car, you may. 

HOURS: The Library is open Mondays through Fridays 8:30 am to 4:45 pm except for Wednesdays when we are open 10:00 am to 4:45 pm. Please plan to arrive during open hours.  

RESIDENCE: The researchers' residence is called the Timothy Root House and has bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. The kitchen, living room, study, and dining room are all shared, and there is a terrace with tables for when the weather is nice. There is a washer and dryer, too. Dishes, pots, pans, linens and pillows are provided. You'll need to bring your own toiletries and get your own groceries, laundry detergent, etc.  

WIFI: There is wifi throughout the Root House and the Library, and there is a printer. 

BORROWING BOOKS: You may bring a modern secondary source from the Library across to the Root House with permission, but you must agree not to take the book off the Library's campus.

ACTIVITIES: The Library has a croquet lawn set up, and there is a set of balls and mallets in the closet by the middle entry door in the Root House. We also have a bicycle you can borrow, and there is a bike path not far away. There are also trails to walk elsewhere in Farmington, a couple of museums/historic houses and other heritage organizations with public programs, some restaurants, and plenty of peace and quiet. 

Explore this guide and feel free to ask questions or let us know if you have specific requirements.

Sue Walker, Head of Public Services 

COVID-19 Information

We require that you follow Yale Covid-19-related protocols in effect at the time of residency, including the Yale Community Compact. 

The Lewis Walpole Library's Health and Safety Officer is Tom Charette ( Please contact him with any questions.

You will have a private room in the Root House, but the kitchen, dining area, and lounges are shared spaces.