Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943


OI 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 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.

In 2017–2018, the OI is pleased to offer the following fellowship opportunities to up to four current or former editorial apprentices in any phase of their graduate school experience in William & Mary’s Lyon G. Tyler Department of History or American Studies Program.

  • Colonial Dames of America Fellowship
    • $5,000 fellowship
    • Funded annually since 1996 by the Colonial Dames of America
    • Applicant’s scholarship should focus on early America
    • Editorial work for 6 weeks (35 hours per week) during winter and summer break
  • Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry (OAAA) Grace DeuPree Fellowships
    • Two $1,000 fellowships
    • Funded annually since 2008 by the OAAA
    • Applicant’s scholarship should focus on early America
    • Editorial work for 2 weeks (35 hours per week) during summer break
    • Recipients are strongly encouraged to attend the annual OAAA luncheon in Washington, D.C., on April 15, 2018 to thank the organization for its support
  • Gil Kelly Memorial Fellowship
    • One $1,000 fellowship
    • This fellowship is funded by gifts from nearly two dozen former OI editorial apprentices in memory of the late Gil Kelly, who served as the OI’s Managing Editor of Publications from 1983 to 2013 and trained apprentices for three decades in that role.
    • Editorial work for 2 weeks (35 hours per week) during summer break

Applicants for each fellowship should submit:


  • Electronic file of no more than one page describing their interest in the fellowship(s) and the focus of their scholarship (thesis or dissertation project)
  • Academic year during which they served as an OI apprentice
  • Fellowship(s) for which they are applying
  • Current c.v.

Former award recipients may apply but will not be considered for the same fellowship she or he previously received.

The application deadline is December 4, 2017.

Fellowship recipients may expect to be notified of the award by December 14, 2017.