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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A.C. Elias, Jr. Irish-American Research Travel Fellowship
To support documentary scholarship on Ireland in the period between the Treaty of Limerick (1691) and the Act of Union (1800), by enabling North American-based scholars to travel to Ireland and Irish-based scholars to travel to North America.
Deadline: November 15, 2017
ACLS Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship
ACLS invites applications for Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, which support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing.
Deadline: October 25, 2017
African American Intellectual History Society C.L.R. James Research Fellowship
The African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) is pleased to announce the C.L.R. James Research Fellowship to support research towards the completion of a dissertation or publication of a book. Named after Afro-Trinidadian theorist C.L.R. James, the research fellowships are intended to promote research in black intellectual history by graduate students and untenured college and university faculty and others who are within six years of the Ph.D. Two fellowships of $1000 will be awarded annually to help cover the costs of domestic or international travel necessary to conduct research. The award will be announced formally at the AAIHS Conference. Membership in AAIHS is required.
Deadline: January 15, 2018
American Academy for Jewish Research Graduate Research Funding
AAJR announces a grant for graduate student summer research funding. We will provide several stipends of no more than $4,000 to graduate students in any field of Jewish Studies whose department does not provide funds for travel to archives, libraries, or other research sites abroad. The funds are not intended for language study or purchase of equipment.
Deadline: February 1, 2018
American Antiquarian Society NEH Long-Term Fellowship
NEH fellowships are for persons who have already completed their formal professional training. Degree candidates and persons seeking support for work in pursuit of a degree are not eligible to hold AAS-NEH fellowships. AAS Fellows are selected on the basis of the applicant's scholarly qualifications, the scholarly significance or importance of the project, and the appropriateness of the proposed study to the Society's collections.
Deadline: January 15, 2018
American Antiquarian Society Short-Term Research Fellowships
The American Antiquarian Society offers short-term visiting academic research fellowships tenable for one to two months each year. Fellows are selected on the basis of the applicant's scholarly qualifications, the scholarly significance or importance of the project, and the appropriateness of the proposed study to the Society's collections.
Deadline: January 15, 2018
American Association of University Women Dissertation Completion Fellowship
The purpose of the Dissertation Fellowship is to offset a scholar’s living expenses while she completes her dissertation.
Deadline: November 15, 2017
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 Historical Association Research Grants
Each year, the American Historical Association awards several research grants with the aim of advancing the study and exploration of history in a diverse number of subject areas. All grants are offered annually and are intended to further research in progress. Grants may be used for travel to a library or archive; microfilming, photography, or photocopying; borrowing or access fees; and similar research expenses—a list of purposes that is meant to be merely illustrative, not exhaustive (other expenses, such as child care, can be included). You must be a member of the AHA to be eligible.
Deadline: February 15, 2018
American Philosophical Society Library Long-Term Pre-Doctoral Fellowships
The American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia seeks applicants for one-year residential fellowships to assist in the completion of doctoral dissertation research. One fellowship will be awarded in each of three areas of study. Check the website for details.
Deadline: February 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 Travel Grants
Applications are invited for the grants listed below who purpose is to support research in eighteenth-century studies that requires travel. Only members of ASECS in good standing are eligible.
Deadline: January 1, 2018
American Society of Environmental Historians Hal Rothman Dissertation Fellowship
The Hal Rothman Research Fellowship was created to recognize graduate student achievements in environmental history research in honor of Hal Rothman, recipient of ASEH's Distinguished Service award in 2006 and editor of Environmental History for many years. The fellowship provides a single payment of $1,000 for Ph.D. graduate student research and travel in the field of environmental history, without geographical restriction. The funds must be used to support archival research and travel during 2016.
Deadline: November 17, 2017
American Society of Environmental Historians Samuel P. Hays Research Fellowship
ASEH created this fellowship to recognize the contributions of Samuel P. Hays, the inaugural recipient of the society's Distinguished Scholar Award, and to advance the field of environmental history, broadly conceived. The fellowship provides a single payment of $1,000 to help fund travel to and use of an archive or manuscript repository. It is open to practicing historians (either academic, public, or independent). Graduate students are ineligible. A Ph.D. is not required.
Deadline: November 17, 2017
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship
Two Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowships will be awarded to candidates who have earned their PhD in the last three to five years. Research projects may include the conversion of a dissertation into a publishable manuscript or the initiation of new research based on the collections and resources of the New-York Historical Society.
Deadline: January 8, 2018
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship in Women’s History
The two recipients of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship in Women's History should have a strong interest in the fields of women’s history and public history. They must be currently enrolled students in good standing in a relevant PhD program in the humanities.
Deadline: January 8, 2018
Anne Dhu McLucas Graduate Student Fellowship
The fellowship honors Prof. McLucas’ primary areas of scholarly interest by providing support to a graduate student conducting research (archival or fieldwork) on traditional music (music in the oral tradition) or Native American/First Nations music.
Deadline: November 1, 2017
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
Bard Graduate Center Research Fellowship
Bard Graduate Center invites scholars from university, museum, and independent backgrounds with a PhD or equivalent professional experience to apply for funded research fellowships, to be held during the 2017–18 academic year. The theme for this period is “What is distance?” Applicants are asked to address in a cover letter how their projected work will bear on this question. The fellowships are intended to fund collections-based research at Bard Graduate Center or elsewhere in New York, as well as writing or reading projects in which being part of our dynamic research environment is intellectually valuable.
Deadline: November 1, 2017
Bibliographical Society of America Fellowships
The Society invites applications for its annual Katharine Pantzer Senior Fellowship in Bibliography and the British Book Trades as well as its annual short-term fellowships, all of which support bibliographical inquiry and research in the history of the book trades and in publishing history. Eligible topics may concentrate on books and documents in any field, but should focus on the book or manuscript (the physical object) as historical evidence.
Deadline: December 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, 2018
C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship
The Center’s Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship includes a $45,000 stipend, health benefits, faculty privileges, a book allowance, and a nine-month residency (during the academic year 2015-16) in historic Chestertown, Maryland. Applicants should have a significant book-length project currently in progress. The project should address the history and/or legacy – broadly defined – of the American Revolution and the nation’s founding ideas. It might focus on the founding era itself, or on the myriad ways the questions that preoccupied the nation’s founders have shaped America’s later history. Work that contributes to ongoing national conversations about America’s past and present, with the potential to reach a wide public, is particularly sought. We encourage a broad reading of such terms as “founders” and “founding ideas.”
Deadline: November 1, 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, 2018
Center for Jewish History NEH Fellowship for Senior Scholars
The Center for Jewish History offers a fellowship to senior scholars through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The award supports original research at the Center in the humanities, including but not limited to Jewish studies, Russian and East European studies, American studies and Germanic studies, as well as musicology, linguistics, anthropology, sociology and history.
Deadline: January 3, 2018
Center for Military History ABC-Clio Research Grants
In partnership with ABC-Clio, the Society for Military History will award two grants of $500 to support research in military history by graduate students or historians without a doctoral degree. Funds are intended to support specific research tasks.
Deadline: January 15, 2018
Center for Military History Dissertation Fellowships
To encourage and support the production of dissertations in military history by qualified graduate students, the Center offers up to two Dissertation Fellowships each academic year. These fellowships carry an $10,000 stipend and access to the Center's facilities and technical expertise. Although the history of war on land is broadly defined in the fellowship program, the selection of winners gives preference to topics on the history of the U.S. Army.
Deadline: January 15, 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
Clements Center Research Fellowships for the Study of Southwestern America, SMU
Fellowships are for a full academic year. Competition is open to individuals in any field in the humanities or social sciences doing research on Texas, the American Southwest or the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. (Please note that because of the specific terms of our endowment, we are unable to fund projects focused primarily on California after 1848; we do, however, encourage submissions from applicants studying California prior to the U.S.-Mexican War.) The fellowships are designed to provide time for senior or junior scholars to bring book-length manuscripts to completion. The fellowships cannot be used to complete a dissertation.
Deadline: January 19, 2018
Clements Library Jacob M. Price Visiting Research Fellowships
The Clements Library research fellowships exist to help scholars gain access to the Library’s rich array of primary sources on early American history. On almost any aspect of the American experience from 1492 through 1900, the Clements holdings—books, manuscripts, pamphlets, maps, prints and views, newspapers, photographs, ephemera—are among the best in the world.
Deadline: January 15, 2018
CLIR Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources
The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is pleased to offer fellowships generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for dissertation research in the humanities or related social sciences in original sources. Max. award of $25,000.
Deadline: December 4, 2017
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
Cosmos Club Scholars Grant
The grants support dissertation research and travel for graduate students studying at Washington, DC-area graduate programs.
Deadline: November 1, 2017
Cushwa Center Research Travel Grants
The Cushwa Center’s Research Travel Grants foster research in the University Archives and the Hesburgh Libraries at the University of Notre Dame. The Archives collects and maintains records, papers, photographs, printed material, and audio-visual material that document the life of the Catholic Church and its people in the American context, and is recognized as one of the nation's foremost archival repositories for the study of American Catholicism. Major subject areas covered include Catholic press and publishing, Catholic higher education, Catholic social action, laity, clergy, religious orders, charismatic renewal, and the liturgical movement.
Deadline: December 31, 2017
Dibner Library Resident Scholar Program
This fellowship awards stipends of $3,500 per month for up to six months to support research in the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology in Washington, DC. Doctoral students are welcome to apply.
Deadline: January 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
Dodd Research Center Rose and Sigmund Strochlitz Travel Grant
Travel grants are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who are selected by a committee composed of Dodd Research Center staff with consultation from University of Connecticut faculty. The committee attempts to approve awards in a number of subject fields reflecting the strengths of Archives & Special Collections: Alternative Press, American Literature, Business History, Connecticut History, Hispanic Culture & History, Human Rights, Labor History, Natural History, Nursing History and Railroad History. Awards up to $500 are made to graduate students and post-doctoral students; established scholars are eligible for awards of up to $1,500. Approximately $3,000 in grants are available each year.
Deadline: January 30, 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
Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon Short- and Long-term Fellowships
Awards are available for research focused on the life and leadership of George Washington, and his place in the development of American civic life and culture.
Deadline: December 31, 2017
Fulbright-NNRC Student Scholar Research Grant
The New Netherland Research Center (NNRC), a combined endeavor of the New Netherland Institute (NNI) and the Office of Cultural Education, New York State Education Department (NYSED/OCE), offers a joint Student Scholar Research Grant with the Fulbright Center of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The New Netherland Research Center provides a grant of $ 3,000 for research, which is intended to defray the cost of a three-month residence at the NNRC, with the research taking place at the NNRC itself, the New York State Library and the New York State Archives in Albany, New York. The research must take place in the field of New Netherland History and the Dutch Atlantic World, using the Records of New Netherland. Genealogical research is excluded.
Deadline: November 1, 2017
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
George E. Pozzetta Dissertation Award
The IEHS invites applications from any Ph.D. candidate who will have completed qualifying exams, and whose thesis focuses on American immigration, emigration, or ethnic history. The award provides grants of $1000 each for research-related expenses.
Deadline: December 15, 2017
German Historical Institute Fellowship in the History of Migration
The German Historical Institute is now accepting applications for a 6- to 12-month Fellowship in The History of Migration. Potential projects could focus on (but are not limited to) the following areas: the cultural capital of migrants and their communities, migration and knowledge transfer, and state responses to migration. The fellowship is open to both doctoral and postdoctoral scholars.
Deadline: December 1, 2017
German Historical Institute Horner Library Fellowship
The fellowship will be awarded to Ph.D. and M.A. students and advanced scholars without restrictions in research fields or geographical provenance. The "GHI Fellowship at the Horner Library" will provide a travel subsidy and an allowance of $1,000 to $3,500 depending on the length of the stay and the qualifications of the fellows. The Joseph Horner Memorial Library houses 70,000 volumes and is the largest German American collection outside of a university. The collection offers rich materials from the 17th to the 20th centuries to historians of German American immigration culture, especially in Pennsylvania, as well as historians of German fictional and non-fictional literature, including travel and popular literature
Deadline: February 15, 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
Hagley Museum Exploratory Research Grant
For scholars who believe that their project will benefit from Hagley research collections, but need the opportunity to explore them on-site to determine if a Henry Belin du Pont research grant application is warranted.
Deadline: October 31, 2017
Hagley Museum Henry Belin du Pont Dissertation Fellowships
Henry Belin du Pont Dissertation Fellowships are designed for graduate students who have completed all course work for the doctoral degree and are conducting research on their dissertation. The applicant's research should benefit from use of Hagley's research collections. This is a residential fellowship with a term of four months. The fellowship provides $6,500, free housing on Hagley's grounds, use of a computer, mail and internet access, and an office.
Deadline: November 15, 2017
Hagley NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship on Business, Culture, and Society
The NEH-Hagley Postdoctoral Fellowship on Business, Culture, and Society supports residencies in Hagley’s Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society by scholars who have received their doctoral degrees by the application deadline. Two postdoctoral fellowships are available, one of four months and one for eight months.
Deadline: December 1, 2017
Harley Fellowship in the History of Cartography
These Research Fellowships, established in memory of Brian Harley, are primarily intended to promote the use of the great wealth of cartographic material available in London and other parts of the United Kingdom. Fellowships may be awarded for up to four weeks, normally at £400 per week. Applications are invited from anyone pursuing advanced research in the history of cartography, irrespective of nationality, discipline or profession. 'Advanced research' is taken to mean work towards a doctorate, post-doctoral research, and work of an equivalent level regardless of the applicant's formal qualifications. Proposals from early career applicants are particularly welcome.
Deadline: November 1, 2017
Harvard Business School Alfred D. Chandler Jr. Travel Fellowships
The fellowship supports projects by graduate students and untenured faculty focusing on business and economic history which requires research travel to the Baker Library and other local archives.
Deadline: November 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: November 1, 2017
Jack Henning Graduate Fellowship in Labor Culture and History
To support graduate students (Master’s and Ph.D. candidates) enrolled in an accredited California university undertaking research related to laborlore, labor history, occupational folklife, trade union traditions, and/or workers’ expressive culture, all broadly defined. Applicants may be from any relevant discipline, including but not limited to Anthropology, Art, Communication Studies, Cultural Studies, English, Ethnic Studies, Folklore, Geography, History, Labor Studies, Literature, Sociology, Urban Studies, and Women’s Studies. We are especially interested in supporting graduate students who are exploring important, innovative topics related to the lives of working people that may fall outside of the parameters of traditional academic research and funding.
Deadline: December 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, 2018
JDC Archives Fellows Program
Five or six fellowships will be awarded each year to deserving scholars engaged in graduate level, post-doctoral, or independent study to conduct research in the JDC Archives, either in New York or Jerusalem.
Deadline: January 15, 2018
John Carter Brown Library Interdisciplinary Cluster Fellow
As part of an effort to expand the disciplinary scope of research at the Library, and to emphasize the role of the JCB as a laboratory for new research methods, the fellowship committee encourages applications from small groups of between two to four scholars who would be in simultaneous residence for periods of up to one month to work in collaboration on a particular theme, object, or scholarly project. The fellowship carries a weekly stipend of $500 per person.
Deadline: January 15, 2018
John Carter Brown Library Short- and Long-Term Fellowships
The John Carter Brown Library (JCBL), an independently funded institution for advanced research on the campus of Brown University, will award approximately forty residential fellowships for the year July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.
Deadline: December 1, 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, 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
Library of Congress Kislak Fellowships for the Study of the History and Cultures of the Early Americas
Kislak Fellowships are short-term fellowships for independent scholars, undergraduate and graduate students, and college and university faculty to conduct research based on items from the Kislak Collection, a major collection of rare books, manuscripts, historic documents, maps and art of the Americas donated to the Library of Congress by the Jay I. Kislak Foundation of Miami Lakes, FL.
Deadline: October 31, 2017
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
McMaster University Library/American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowship
One one-month resident fellowship in Eighteenth-Century Studies is granted annually by McMaster University, funded jointly by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Faculty of Humanities, and administered through McMaster University Library. The fellowships are for $1,750 US or the Canadian equivalent. Applicants must be an ABD graduate student or postdoctoral and members in good standing of ASECS.
Deadline: January 31, 2018
McNeil Center for Early American Studies Barra Postdoctoral Fellowship
This award is for a two-year term. Applicants must have earned the PhD no earlier than 2013 in American History, American Literature, American Studies, or a closely allied field and must have completed all requirements for the degree when the appointment commences. During the term of appointment, the fellow will teach two courses in an appropriate department at the University of Pennsylvania. The remainder of the fellow’s time will be devoted to research and writing.
Deadline: November 1, 2017
McNeil Center for Early American Studies Barra Sabbatical Fellow
This fellowship is designed for a scholar in any discipline relevant to Early American Studies who earned the Ph.D. no later than 2012 and who will be on leave from a tenured or tenure-track faculty position for the 2018–2019 academic year. Proposals will be entertained for book-length projects falling with in the Center’s area of interest at any stage of research or writing, provided that the applicant has not previously received McNeil Center funding for the same or a closely related project.
Deadline: November 1, 2017
McNeil Center for Early American Studies Dissertation Fellowship
Since 1978, more than 200 advanced graduate students from dozens of universities across North America and Europe have received dissertation fellowships from the McNeil Center. At least eight new fellows will be appointed for the 2016-2017 academic year, most with stipends of at least $21,000. Fellows receive office space in the Center's magnificent building on the University of Pennsylvania's campus and library, computer, and other privileges at the University. Limited travel funds for research are also available. While no teaching is required for most fellowships, all McNeil Center fellows are expected to be in residence in Philadelphia during the academic year and to participate regularly in the Center's program of seminars and other activities.
Deadline: February 1, 2018
Mellon/Council for European Studies Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Mellon/CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships are intended to facilitate the timely completion of the doctoral degree by late-stage graduate students in the humanities working on Europe
Deadline: February 1, 2018
Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies Research Travel Award
The Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies announces the creation of a research travel award for graduate students in British Studies. A fund of $1,000 is available, with the possibility of awarding a single grant or two grants of $500 each. The dissertation advisor of the graduate student must be a member of the MACBS (click here to learn how to join) and award winners will be expected to present a paper at the MACBS conference following their research travel. The award is intended for research travel expenses only. Recipients may use the award to fund travel abroad or domestically, as long as the topic being researched relates to British Studies.
Deadline: February 1, 2018
Midwest Victorian Studies Association Walter L. Arnstein Prize for Dissertation Research
The Midwest Victorian Studies Association offers the Annual Walter L. Arnstein Prize for Dissertation Research in Victorian Studies, a prize of $1,500 for dissertation research in British Victorian Studies undertaken by a student currently enrolled in a doctoral program in a U.S. or Canadian university. Proposals may be submitted in literature, history, art history, or musicology but should have a significant interdisciplinary component that will render them of interest to scholars studying Victorian Britain across a range of disciplines, approaches, and subfields.
Deadline: February 1, 2018
Monticello Short-Term Fellowships for the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery
Short-term fellowships are awarded for periods of one, two, three or four months to doctoral candidates and postdoctoral scholars from any country. Awards carry a stipend of $2,000 per month plus pre-approved travel costs for scholars from the United States and Canada. The International Fellowship awards include a stipend for $3,000 per month and pre-approved travel costs. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Center during the course of the fellowship, and no awards are made for work carried on elsewhere. Fellows have access to Monticello's expert staff and research holdings as well as to the extensive resources of the Alderman Library at the University of Virginia.
Deadline: November 1, 2017
Monticello-McNeil Fellowship
This fellowship is jointly sponsored by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies and the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello.
Deadline: February 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 Charles W. Wendell Research Grant
The grant covers a period of one week up to six months, part of which may be devoted to residency at the NNRC, and provides a stipend of $1,000 – $ 5,000, depending upon the scope of the project. A time frame for fulfilling the grant requirements will be established in consultation with the Director of the NNRC. No housing, travel funds, or health insurance are provided. The research project must deal with the Dutch experience in North America and the Dutch Atlantic World, and is expected to result in a publishable article or a component of a larger work. Researchers in any discipline, including family history or biography, are encouraged to apply. The research should draw attention to the rich collection of primary and secondary sources relating to the Dutch colonial experience in America at the New Netherland Research Center, the New York State Archives, the New York State Library, or other repositories, including online New Netherland manuscript translations.
Deadline: February 15, 2018
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
Newberry Library Long-Term Fellowships
Long-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars who wish to be in residence at the Newberry for periods of 4 to 12 months. Long-Term Fellowships are intended to support individual scholarly research and promote serious intellectual exchange through active participation in the Newberry’s scholarly activities, including fellows’ seminars and the weekly colloquium.
Deadline: November 15, 2017
Newberry Library Short-Term Fellowships
Short-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars, Ph.D. candidates, or those who hold other terminal degrees and who live and work outside of the Chicago Metro area. Most fellowships require residency at the Newberry and are intended to support individual scholarly research.
Deadline: December 15, 2017
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
Notre Dame University Keough-Naughton/American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowship
These fellowships promote and sustain research into the eighteenth century and are jointly funded by the Society and the participating universities and libraries. This short term ASECS Fellowship will provide a stipend to cover a one month residence at the Keough-Naughton Institute during the summer. The successful applicant will have full access to the considerable resources of the Hesburgh Library.
Deadline: January 15, 2018
OAH Huggins-Quarles Award
The Huggins-Quarles Award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians to one or two graduate students of color to assist them with expenses related to travel to research collections for the completion of the PhD dissertation. These awards were established to promote greater diversity in the historical profession. In 2016, the committee will award $1,500 if there is one recipient, or $750 per person if there are two recipients.
Deadline: December 1, 2017
OAH John Higham Research Fellowship
This fellowship is open to all graduate students writing doctoral dissertations for a Ph.D. in American history. Applicants pursuing research in those fields most congenial to the research and writing interests of John Higham will receive special consideration. These topics include U.S. social and intellectual history broadly considered, with preference given to research projects on American immigration and ethnic history as well as American historiography, and the cultural history of the nineteenth-century U.S.
Deadline: December 1, 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 Georgian Papers Programme Fellowships
The OI offers month-long fellowships for research on transatlantic and early American topics in the Georgian papers collection at Windsor Castle. Fellows work on their own research, exploring the collections while offering invaluable information for the archivists and librarians working on archival organization and cataloguing. Fellows also have the opportunity for support and collegial exchange with relevant departments and faculty at King’s. The fellowship, supported by the Lapidus Initiative at the Omohundro Institute, offers a $2,500 stipend with up to $1,500 in additional support for travel. Fellowships are restricted to advanced graduate students and holders of the Ph.D. who are U.S. or U.K. citizens. Successful applicants will be required to undergo a security clearance before beginning work at Windsor Castle.
Deadline: November 6, 2017
Omohundro Institute Lapidus Fellowship for Graduate Research in Early American Print Culture
The fellowship provides $500 to graduate students studying Early American print culture for travel connected to research purposes.
Deadline: January 15, 2018
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 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
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
Peabody Essex Museum Phillips Library Research Fellowships
The Peabody Essex Museum of Salem, Massachusetts, accepts applications for fellowships (now up to six each year) to scholars to who wish to use library and related collections for research and publication on New England -­- its history, cultures, and the interactions between New England and the world. Fellowships are open to advanced scholars, graduate students, independent scholars, and library and museum professionals. Modest stipends may be awarded for up to two months. Free housing in a studio apartment on the museum campus in Salem, MA may also be available.
Deadline: December 15, 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. Applicant must be a verified member of Phi Alpha Theta.
Deadline: March 1, 2018
Presbyterian Historical Society Research Fellowship
The program will award research and travel grants of $2,500. Applicants must demonstrate a need to work in the society's collection for a minimum of one week and a maximum of one month. Applications are accepted from persons whose normal place of residence is farther than seventy-five miles from Philadelphia.
Deadline: February 2, 2018
School for Advanced Research Fellowship for Native Scholars
The School for Advanced Research (SAR) is offering two writing fellowships for Native scholars in the arts, humanities or social sciences. We are currently taking applications for the 2017-2018 academic year that begins on Sept. 1 2017 and ends on May 31, 2018.
Deadline: November 6, 2017
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
Smithsonian Lemelson Center Fellowship Program
The Center annually awards two to three fellowships to pre-doctoral graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and other professionals who have completed advanced training. Fellows are expected to reside in the Washington, DC area, to participate in the Center's activities, and to make a presentation of their work to colleagues at the Museum.
Deadline: December 1, 2017
Smithsonian Libraries Baird Society Resident Scholar Program
The Baird Society Resident Scholar Program awards stipends of $3,500 per month for up to six months to support research in the Special Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries in Washington, DC and New York, NY, in an extensive range of subjects.
Deadline: January 15, 2018
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
Society for Military History Russell F. Weigley Graduate Student Travel Award
The Russell F. Weigley Awards are given to outstanding graduate students to help defray costs associated with presenting a paper or poster at the annual meeting of the Society for Military History. The award provides $1,000 to each recipient.
Deadline: January 15, 2018
Society of Antiquaries of Scotland Research Grants
The Society supports high-quality research and publication relating to Scotland’s past by making grants and awards. Grants are available on a competitive basis, to help cover the costs of archaeological and historical research relating to Scotland.
Deadline: November 30, 2017
Society of the Cincinnati Library Fellowships
The Society of the Cincinnati offers three research fellowships each year: the Tyree-Lamb Fellowship and two Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati Fellowships. Each fellowship provides $1,500 to support the cost of travel, housing, and per diem expenses for a scholar wishing to use the Society's library for a period of at least five days. The Society of the Cincinnati library collections include contemporary books, manuscripts, maps, and works of art on paper which support the in-depth study of military and naval history and the art of war during the era of the American Revolution.
Deadline: November 10, 2017
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
Strathmartine Trust Awards
The Trustees seek applications for modest grants from the Sandeman Fund which is available to assist research in the field of early medieval Scottish History, either on documentary sources which relate to the history of Scotland before 1100 AD, or in cognate fields of historical research such as place names and art and archaeology of the peoples of early Scotland (including Scots, Britons, Picts and Vikings).
Deadline: November 16, 2017
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Archives Fellowship
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Archives is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for its 2017 fellowship program. In 2017, 5-6 fellowships will be awarded to senior scholars, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and independent researchers to conduct research in the JDC Archives, either in New York or in Jerusalem.
Deadline: January 15, 2018
The Historic New Orleans Collection Dianne Woest Fellowship
The Dianne Woest Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities supports scholarly research on the history and culture of Louisiana and the Gulf South. While THNOC resources should play a central role in the proposed research agenda, fellows are also encouraged to
Deadline: November 1, 2017
The Huntington Short- and Long-Term Residential Fellowships
The Huntington Library offers Fellowships to scholars intending to use the Library's collections for research purposes. The Huntington has significant holdings in British and American history; British and American literature; art history, the history of science and medicine; and the history of the book.The Huntington's independent research library has significant holdings in British and American history; British and American literature; art history, the history of science and medicine; and the history of the book.
Deadline: November 15, 2017
The Huntington Travel Grants and Exchange Fellowships for Study in Great Britain
The Huntington offers several travel grants in any of the fields in which the Huntington collections are strong and where the research will be carried out in libraries or archives in Great Britain. They also offer exchange fellowships with Corpus Christi, Linacre, Lincoln, and New Colleges, Oxford; and with Trinity Hall, Cambridge.
Deadline: November 15, 2017
The Huntington/North American Conference on British Studies Fellowship
The NACBS, in collaboration with the Huntington Library, offers annually this fellowship to aid in dissertation research in British Studies using the collections of the library. The amount of the fellowship is $3000. A requirement for holding the fellowship is that the time of tenure be spent in residence at the Huntington Library. The time of residence varies, but may be as brief as one month. Applicants must be U. S. or Canadian citizens or permanent residents and enrolled in a Ph.D. program in a U. S. or Canadian institution.
Deadline: November 15, 2017
The Manuscript Society Research Grant
The $5,000 grant supports research expenses directly related to use of original manuscripts, for example travel to manuscript repositories, photocopies, and user fees. Applicants must be graduate students—doctoral candidates are given preference—at an institution that belongs to the Manuscript Society.
Deadline: February 14, 2018
U.S. Army Center of Military History Dissertation Fellowships
To support scholarly research and writing among qualified civilian graduate students preparing dissertations in the history of warfare, the Center offers three Dissertation Fellowships each year. One, funded by the National Museum of the U.S. Army, is designed to support dissertations that explore the material culture of the Army; the two others support research in the more general areas of military history in all of its many aspects. In your application please specify if you wish to compete for the two general fellowships or for the Museum fellowship. These fellowships carry a $10,000 stipend and access to the Center’s facilities and technical expertise.
Deadline: January 15, 2018
U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center Ridgway Grant
The Ridgway Family Endowment provides funding to the U.S. Army Military History Institute (USAMHI) for the General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgway Military History Research Grant Program. The intent of the program is to support on-site research at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on subjects that are of enduring or emerging value to the history of the Army and are well-supported by the Institute's holdings.
Deadline: December 31, 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, 2018
UCLA Center for 17th- and 18th Century Studies Graduate Fellowship
The Center administers a number of short-term fellowships for graduate students studying the seventeenth and eighteenth century world, and whose work would benefit from the collections of the Clark Library. Due to construction, fellowships will need to be taken after January 2017.
Deadline: February 1, 2018
United Methodist Church Racial/Ethnic History Research Grant
The Research Grant is designed to promote excellence in the historical study of four groups -- Asian, Black, Hispanic, and Native American -- in The United Methodist Church or its antecedents. Grants totaling $3,000 are available with each grant being at least $1,000.
Deadline: December 31, 2017
United Methodist Church Women in United Methodist History Research Grant
To provide seed money (travel, secretarial services, etc.) for research projects relating specifically to the history of women in The United Methodist Church or its antecedents.
Deadline: December 31, 2017
University of Florida Library Travel Grant
The purpose of these grants is to enable faculty researchers from other U.S. colleges and universities to use the extensive resources of the Latin American and Caribbean Collection in the University of Florida Libraries. Seven or more travel grants of up to $1000 each will be made to cover travel and lodging expenses. Grantees are expected to remain in Gainesville for at least one week and, following their stay, submit a brief (2–3 pp.) report on how their work at UF Libraries enriched their research project and offer suggestions for possible improvements of the Latin American Collection.
Deadline: February 17, 2018
University of Virginia Lillian Gary Taylor Fellowship in American Literature
Lillian Gary Taylor Fellowships offer visiting scholars an opportunity to conduct research using the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. Fellowship recipients are provided with up to $4,900 in support (depending on the length of stay), office space in the Harrison Institute, and access to the Albert H. Small Special Collections Library, as well as the larger UVA Library. Fellows may choose to conduct research at the Institute for a period of one to three months. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis.
Deadline: October 31, 2017
University of Virginia William A. Elwood Fellowship in Civil Rights and African-American Studies
This fellowship supports research in the history of African-Americans, in particular their struggle for equal rights.  In a typical year, 4 months of fellowship support are awarded.
Deadline: October 31, 2017
University of Wisconsin Library Grants to Scholars
Grants to Scholars is the Friends program which helps to fund visiting scholars with particular research needs in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries. The Friends award a handful of grants-in-aid annually, each of which is generally for one month’s duration, for research in the humanities, sciences, and related fields appropriate to the libraries’ collection strengths.
Deadline: February 1, 2018
Virginia Historical Society Research Fellowship
To promote the interpretation of Virginia history and access to its collections, the Virginia Historical Society, funded by a matching grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and gifts from individuals, offers fellowships of up to three weeks a year.
Deadline: January 26, 2018
Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library Research Fellowships
Winterthur offers unparalleled access to a wealth of museum, garden, and library collections supporting material culture research. Fellows conduct research in a broad range of scholarly topics and academic disciplines, including: material culture studies, social and cultural history, art history. literary studies, American studies, design history, the decorative arts, landscape architecture and design, consumer culture, and conservation studies covering global topics from the 17th to the 20th centuries.
Deadline: January 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