Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943


The List (by name)

Welcome to The List, the OI’s collection of fellowships and travel grants for Early Americanists. Please contact Martha Howard (oieahc@wm.edu) to share any additional opportunities.

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American Historical Association and Library of Congress J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship
The J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship in American History is sponsored jointly by the AHA and the Library of Congress. It is awarded annually to support significant scholarly research in the collections of the Library of Congress by scholars at an early stage in their careers in history. PhD degree or equivalent required. Applicants must have received this degree within the past seven years, and must not have published or had accepted for publication a book-length historical work. The fellowship will not be awarded to complete a doctoral dissertation. The fellowship has a stipend of $5,000 that will be awarded for two to three months, as the Jameson Fellow desires, to spend in full-time residence at the Library of Congress.
Deadline: April 1, 2017
American Philosophical Society Library Resident Research Fellowship
The American Philosophical Society Library offers short-term residential fellowships for conducting research in its collections. We are a leading international center for research in the history of American science and technology and its European roots, as well as early American history and culture.
Deadline: March 1, 2017
American Philosophical Society Phillips Fund for Native American Research
The Phillips Fund of the American Philosophical Society provides grants for research in Native American linguistics, ethnohistory, and the history of studies of Native Americans, in the continental United States and Canada. Grants are not made for projects in archaeology, ethnography, psycholinguistics, or for the preparation of pedagogical materials.
Deadline: March 1, 2017
Boston Athenaeum Short-Term Fellowship
The Boston Athenæum offers short-term fellowships to support the use of Athenæum collections for research, publication, curriculum and program development, or other creative projects. Each fellowship pays a stipend for a residency of twenty days (four weeks) and includes a year’s membership to the Boston Athenæum. Scholars, graduate students, independent scholars, teaching faculty, and professionals in the humanities as well as teachers and librarians in secondary public, private, and parochial schools are eligible.
Deadline: April 15, 2017
Center for French Colonial Studies Carl J. Ekberg Research Grant
The Center awards each year one $2,000 grant to further French-language research related to the French presence in the upper Mississippi Valley (Illinois Country). Proposals may request support for any stage of a research project, from initial field work to the write-up of results. The grant may be combined with other awards.
Deadline: March 1, 2017
Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Visiting Scholars Program
University faculty of all ranks, independent scholars, freelance authors and other public intellectuals who are working on a significant article- or book-length study are eligible to apply for this position.
Deadline: March 15, 2017
Congregational Library Research Grant
The Congregational Library provides small but helpful travel scholarships for qualified researchers. The Library began in 1853 when a small group of Boston clergymen donated 56 books from their personal collections. A century and a half later, it has become an internationally recognized resource for scholars, religious leaders, and local churches.
Deadline: April 15, 2017
Early American Industries Association Research Grant
The Early American Industries Association supports projects related to its mission to preserve and present historic trades, crafts, and tools, and the interpretation of their impact on our lives.
Deadline: March 15, 2017
Folger Shakespeare Library Short-Term Fellowship
Short-term fellowships offer compressed research time that fits the schedules of scholars who can be away from home or their home institutions for one to three months. The stipend for short-term fellowships is $2,500 per month. Graduate students are not eligible.
Deadline: March 1, 2017
International Center for Jefferson Studies Batten, First Union, and Peter Nicolaisen Fellowships
Short-term fellowships are awarded for one or more months, and open to academics from any country, subject to selection by committee. Successful applicants will be working on Jefferson-related projects. Priority is given to Jefferson-related projects using the Digital Archeological Archive of Comparative Slavery or Getting Word. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies (ICJS), where they will have access to Monticello's expert staff and research holdings at the Jefferson Library as well as those of the University of Virginia. During their residencies, fellows hold a 45 minute forum on their research projects.
Deadline: April 1, 2017
Jamestowne Society Annual Fellowship
The Jamestowne Society offers an Annual Fellowship in the amount of $5,000 to support completion of a graduate thesis or essay on the history and culture of Virginia before 1700. Applicants may be candidates for graduate degrees in any relevant discipline such as History, American Studies, Literature, Archaeology, Anthropology, Fine Arts, et cetera, if their research is devoted either exclusively or very substantially to Colonial Virginia prior to 1700.
Deadline: April 15, 2017
Kansas Historical Society Alfred M. Landon Research Grant
The Alfred M. Landon Historical Research Grant is presented annually to graduate students for research in the collections of the Kansas Historical Society. The total amount available is $1,000.
Deadline: April 15, 2017
Kentucky Historical Society Scholarly Research Fellowship
The Kentucky Historical Society offers short-term fellowships (one to four weeks) to promote scholarship on any facet of Kentucky’s rich history. Fellowships are available in two award cycles (September 1 and March 1 each year).
Deadline: March 1, 2017
Library of Congress Kluge Fellowship
The Kluge Center furnishes attractive work and discussion space for Kluge Chair holders, for distinguished visiting scholars, and for post-doctoral Fellows supported by other private foundation gifts. Residents have easy access to the Library's specialized staff and to the intellectual community of Washington. The Kluge Center especially encourages humanistic and social science research that makes use of the Library's large and varied collections. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, or multi-lingual research is particularly welcome. Among the collections available to researchers are the world's largest law library and outstanding multi-lingual collections of books and periodicals.
Deadline: July 15, 2017
Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Fellowship
Three fellowship programs for Ph.D. and M.A. students working on projects that pertain to the history of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Deadline: May 1, 2017
Massachusetts Historical Society Short-Term Fellowship
The MHS will offer approximately 20 short-term research fellowships in 2017. Each grant will provide a stipend of $2,000 for four weeks of research at the Society.
Deadline: March 1, 2017
New Netherland Research Center Student Scholar in Residence Research Grant
Scholars beyond the undergraduate level and actively working on a thesis, dissertation, or scholarly article are invited to apply. Research must be conducted at the New Netherland Research Center, New York State Library, and the New York State Archives, Albany, NY, in the field of New Netherland history and the Dutch Atlantic world, using the Records of New Netherland. The applicant should have a working knowledge of contemporary and seventeenth-century Dutch.
Deadline: May 15, 2017
New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University Research Fellowship
The aim is to promote research on the Gulf South. Specific expectations and award amounts vary by fellowship.
Deadline: March 9, 2017
North Carolinaian Society Archie K. Davis Fellowship
To promote more extensive and intensive research in North Carolina’s history and culture, the North Caroliniana Society offers on a competitive basis Archie K. Davis Fellowships to assist scholars in gaining access to resources contributing to knowledge of the state’s past. Stipends vary and are intended to cover travel and subsistence expenses while fellows conduct research in North Carolina.
Deadline: March 1, 2017
Omohundro Institute and Folger Institute Short-Term Visiting Fellowship
The OI-FI fellowships will support scholars—from advanced graduate students to senior scholars—with strong interests in early America, broadly understood. Scholars of Atlantic history, colonial history, literary studies, performance history, and material culture are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: April 3, 2017
Omohundro Institute and Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation Short-Term Visiting Fellowships
The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation are pleased to announce a new Short-Term Visiting Fellowship (1–2 months) for scholars—from advanced graduate students to senior scholars. Scholars with strong interests in colonial history, historical archaeology, Atlantic history, Native American History, African American studies, early Jamestown, the Chesapeake, and material culture, 1500–1720, are encouraged to apply. Fellows will make use of the College of William & Mary’s Swem Library and collections at Historic Jamestowne as well as other resources in the Historic Triangle and Richmond region. The fellowship will also provide the opportunity to experience the Omohundro Institute’s editorial expertise and intellectual community of early Americanists.
Deadline: April 17, 2017
Omohundro Institute Fellowships in Historical Editing
The Omohundro Institute’s Fellowships in Historical Editing offer talented history and American Studies graduate students who have served as OI apprentices and completed OI apprentice training the opportunity to build upon their skills through additional editorial work during the College of William & Mary’s winter and summer breaks. These annual fellowships, supported by funding from donors to the OI, recognize exemplary work by apprentices as well as support the OI’s ability to maintain the high standards for which all of its publications are known.
Deadline: December 4, 2017
Omohundro Institute Lapidus Initiative Fellowships for Digital Collections
The Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture seeks proposals from scholars at all levels, in partnership with special collections libraries and historical societies, for Lapidus Initiative Fellowships for Digital Collections. In concert with other OI projects promoting creative use of digital tools and materials, these fellowships are intended to bring scholars and collections specialists together to make collections available for digital scholarship.
Deadline: January 8, 2018
Omohundro Institute Scholars' Workshop
Up to six untenured scholars will gather for two weeks to work both as a group and individually with Institute editors and staff on either a manuscript chapter or a journal article in progress. The weeks will include seminar-style meetings on conceptual development, manuscript editing, and source verification as well as time for writing, revising, and consulting.
Deadline: January 22, 2018
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, 2016. 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.
Deadline: October 30, 2017
Phi Alpha Theta Doctoral Scholarship
Phi Alpha Theta is pleased to announce the continuation of its annual Doctoral Scholarship program for advanced study by graduate student members who are pursuing a Ph.D. in History and who have passed general examinations by February 15, 2016. Applicant must be a verified member of Phi Alpha Theta.
Deadline: March 1, 2017
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) Dissertation Completion Fellowship
SHAFR invites applications for its dissertation completion fellowship. SHAFR will make two, year-long awards, in the amount of $25,000 each, to support the writing and completion of the doctoral dissertation in each academic year. These highly competitive fellowships will support the most promising doctoral candidates in the final phase of completing their dissertations. SHAFR membership is required. Applicants should be candidates for the PhD in a humanities or social science doctoral program (most likely history), must have been admitted to candidacy, and must be at the writing stage, with all substantial research completed by the time of the award. Applicants should be working on a topic in the field of U.S. foreign relations history or international history, broadly defined, and must be current members of SHAFR.
Deadline: April 1, 2017
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) Dissertation Research Grant
Dissertation Grants of up to $4,000 are intended to help graduate students defray expenses encountered in the writing of their dissertations. The award is announced formally at the SHAFR luncheon held during the annual meeting of the American Historical Association. Applicants must be actively working on dissertations dealing with some aspect of U.S. foreign relations history.
Deadline: October 1, 2017
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) Myrna F. Bernath Fellowship
The Myrna F. Bernath Fellowship was established by the Bernath family to promote scholarship in U.S. foreign relations history by women. The Myrna Bernath Fellowship of up to $5,000 is intended to defray the costs of scholarly research by women. It is awarded biannually (in odd years) and announced at the SHAFR luncheon held during the annual meeting of the American Historical Association. Applications are welcomed from women at U.S. universities as well as women abroad who wish to do research in the United States. Preference will be given to graduate students and those within five years of completion of their PhDs.
Deadline: October 1, 2017
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) William Appleman Williams Junior Faculty Research Grant
The William Appleman Williams Junior Faculty Research Grants are intended to promote scholarly research in U.S. foreign relations by untenured college and university faculty and others who are within six years of the Ph.D. and who are working as professional historians. Grants are limited to scholars working on the first research monograph. A limited number of grants of varying amounts (generally, up to $2,000) will be awarded annually to help defray the costs of domestic or international travel necessary to conduct research on significant scholarly projects. The award is announced formally at the SHAFR luncheon held during the annual meeting of the American Historical Association.
Deadline: October 1, 2017
Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives Lynn E. May, Jr. Study Grant
In order to encourage use of the materials in the Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, the library provides modest grants to qualified researchers. The grants are limited to $750 and are used to cover expenses related to research in the Library and Archives. For more information on the Lynn E. May Study Grants, please write the director of the Library and Archives. No deadline is listed on the website.
Deadline: August 30, 2017
U.S. Capitol Historical Society Fellowship
The Capitol Fellowship Program has provided financial support to more than fifty scholars researching important topics in the art and architectural history of the United States Capitol Complex. Fellowship support permits scholars–selected on the basis of their qualifications and research proposals–to use the extensive documents housed in the Office of the Architect of the Capitol, the Library of Congress and the National Archives.
Deadline: March 15, 2017
U.S. Naval War College Edward S. Miller Research Fellowship
The Edward S. Miller Research Fellowship in Naval History is an annual grant of $1,000, awarded by the Naval War College Foundation. Selection is based on the best use of naval history research materials located in the Naval War College's Archives, Naval Historical Collection, Naval War College Museum, and Henry E. Eccles Library and the greatest financial need. To apply, submit a detailed research proposal, including a full statement of financial need, a comprehensive research plan for optimal use of Naval War College materials, curriculum vitae, at least two letters of recommendation, and relevant background information.
Deadline: August 1, 2017
Wisconsin Historical Society Danky Fellowship
The Danky Fellowship provides $1000 in funds for one individual planning a trip to carry out research using the collections of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Grant money may be used for travel to the WHS, costs of copying pertinent archival resources, and living expenses while pursuing research here. If in residence during the semester, the recipient will be expected to give a presentation as part of the colloquium series of the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture.
Deadline: May 1, 2017