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 Congregational Association-Boston Athenaeum 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 wee
Deadline: April 15, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellow
ASECS sponsors a fellowship for research on projects related to the 18th-Century Atlantic World.
Deadline: March 1, 2018
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowship
The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowship is offered in conjunction with the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies to use the Boston Athenæum’s holdings relevant to the 18th century.
Deadline: April 15, 2018
Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship
Deadline: March 1, 2018
Army Heritage and Education Center Robert L. Ruth and Robert C. Ruth Fellowship
The Fellowship is offered to graduate students enrolled in a graduate-level history program at an accredited university or college located in the United States. The Fellowship is presented annually for a concentrated 3 week period during the summer with the Army Heritage Center Foundation. Applicants are not limited to topics of military history, but may apply to work on any topic that can be supported by the USAHEC collection.
Deadline: February 28, 2018
Balch Fellow in Ethnic Studies
Two Balch Institute Fellowships will support research in the HSP/Balch collections on the ethnic and immigrant experience in the United States and/or American cultural, social, political, or economic history post-1875.
Deadline: March 1, 2018
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, 2018
Caleb Loring Jr. Fellowship
Deadline: April 15, 2018
Center for French Colonial Studies
Deadline: March 1, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
College of Physicians of Philadelphia Wood Institute Travel Grants
The F.C. Wood Institute for the History of Medicine at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia offers grants to cover travel and lodging expenses for researchers who wish to use the College's collection of texts, manuscripts, archives, images, artifacts, and specimens in the history of medicine for short-term research (1 to 2 weeks). Grants are usually on the order of $750 per week and are intended to help defray the costs of travel and lodging. Travel grant recipients will have access to the College's collections. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.
Deadline: June 30, 2018
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, 2018
Dirksen Congressional Center Research Grant
The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress.
Deadline: April 1, 2018
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, 2018
Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society Daiches-Manning Memorial Fellowship
Supports two-six months of research by a postdoctoral scholar on eighteenth-century Scotland as a Fellow in residence at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.
Deadline: February 28, 2018
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, 2018
General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. Memorial Dissertation Fellowship
A single $10,000 dissertation fellowship per academic year, established to memorialize the twentieth Commandant of the Marine Corps, is awarded to a qualified graduate student working on a doctoral dissertation pertinent to Marine Corps history.
Deadline: May 1, 2018
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Short-Term Research Fellowships
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History awards annual short-term research fellowships in the amount of $3000 each to doctoral candidates, college and university faculty at every rank, and independent scholars working in the field of American history. International scholars are eligible to apply. The fellowships support research at archives in New York City.
Deadline: May 14, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
Library Company of Philadelphia and Historical Society of Pennsylvania Research Fellowships
The Library Company of Philadelphia and The Historical Society of Pennsylvania will jointly award approximately 25 one-month fellowships for research in either or both collections, with a stipend of $2,000, for residencies between September 1, 2017, and May 31, 2018.
Deadline: March 1, 2018
Lieutenant Colonel Lily H. Gridley Memorial Master's Thesis Fellowship
A number of $3,500 Master's Thesis Fellowships, established to memorialize the Marine Corps' first woman judge advocate, are awarded each academic year to qualified graduate students working on topics pertinent to Marine Corps history.
Deadline: May 1, 2018
Massachusetts Historical Society Short-Term Fellowship
The MHS will offer approximately 20 short-term research fellowships in 2018. Each grant will provide a stipend of $2,000 for four weeks of research at the Society.
Deadline: March 1, 2018
Mystic Seaport Museum Paul Cuffe Memorial Fellowship
This fellowship provides funds to reaseachers studying the participation of Native and African Americans in the maritime activities of New England, primarily its southeastern shores. Fellowships support research and writing, a portion of which should be carried out in the Mystic, CT area. Grants are up to $2,400. No deadline is listed.
Deadline: August 31, 2019
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: June 1, 2018
North American Conference on British Studies Pre-Dissertation Grant
These grants are awarded to Ph.D. candidates, not beyond their second year of study, to pursue preliminary research on potential dissertation-length studies related to any topic in British (including Scottish, Irish, and Imperial) history or British Studies. Two grants in the amount of $4000, which must be used to offset costs associated with research travel outside of North America, will be awarded on an annual basis to students enrolled in a U.S. or Canadian institution.
Deadline: April 1, 2018
North American Society for Oceanic History James C. Bradford Dissertation Research Fellowship
The NASOH is offering one dissertation fellowship in U.S. naval or North American naval history for 2016. The fellowship is named in honor of NASOH past-president Dr. James C. Bradford, in recognition of his distinguished contributions to the field of American naval history.
Deadline: April 1, 2018
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, 2018
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. Applicant must be a verified member of Phi Alpha Theta.
Deadline: March 1, 2018
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill Research Fellowships
As part of the ongoing mission to preserve and discover the Shaker heritage of Pleasant Hill, the Village offers several short-term fellowship opportunities to facilitate ongoing scholarly research about the Shakers and their heritage. These fellowships will assist in the continual understanding of the site’s history, while providing students and scholars a place to pursue their own educational and professional goals. Any scholar, student or teacher with an interest in Pleasant Hill and Shaker history is encouraged to apply, including independent researchers, university professors, students and K-12 teachers. Recipients will receive complimentary lodging at The Inn and meals from onsite food services for up to 12 days. Onsite lodging may be restricted based on availability at certain times of the year. Small stipends are available in special situations. Recipients will have access to Shaker Village’s onsite archive, research library and collections.
Deadline: January 1, 2019
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, 2018
Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives Lynn E. May, Jr. Study Grants
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, 2019
Southern Historical Collection Visiting Scholars Grant Program
The Southern Historical Collection (SHC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill accepts applications for five visiting scholar awards. Graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars who plan to use the resources available in the Southern Historical Collection are eligible. Check the website for details. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis.
Deadline: March 31, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018