Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943


Omohundro Institute-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture offers a two-year residential postdoctoral fellowship in any area of early American studies, to begin July 1. A principal criterion for selection is that the candidate’s dissertation or other manuscript has significant potential as a distinguished, book-length contribution to scholarship. A substantial portion of the work must be submitted with the application. The Omohundro Institute holds first claim on publishing the appointed fellow’s completed manuscript.

Applicants may not have previously published or have under contract a scholarly monograph, and they must have met all requirements for the doctorate, including a successful defense, by the application deadline for the fellowship. Those who have earned the Ph.D. and begun careers are also encouraged to apply. The Institute’s scope encompasses the history and cultures of North America’s indigenous and immigrant peoples during the colonial, Revolutionary, and early national periods of the United States and the related histories of Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, the British Isles, Europe, and Africa to approximately 1820.

Fellows devote most of their time to research and writing, work closely with the editorial staff, and participate in colloquia and other scholarly activities of the Institute. Fellows have access to all research facilities, lectures, and events at the College of William & Mary and other area resources including Historic Jamestowne. One year is devoted to research and writing, and fellows have the option to teach at William & Mary in the second year.

The fellowship is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions for the first year ($4,200 x 12 months) and by the Omohundro Institute for the second year ($4,200 x 12 months). In addition to the stipend of $50,400 per year, the fellowship provides office, research, and computer facilities as well as some travel funds for conferences and research. Fellows also have the option of spending a summer at the Huntington Library on a full grant within five years of their residency in Williamsburg.

The award is open to all eligible persons equally. Foreign nationals must have been in continuous residence in the United States for the three years immediately preceding the date of application for the fellowship in order to be eligible for NEH funding. The College of William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. William & Mary conducts background checks on applicants for employment.

Begin the fellowship application process here.

Application must be submitted electronically by October 30, 2017.

For more information before then, please email us at oieahc@wm.edu.