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 ( 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 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
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
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
Filson Historical Society Fellowships and Internships
The Filson Historical Society invites applications for fellowships to support research in The Filson’s collections, and internships.
Deadline: October 15, 2018
Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine Research Fellowship
The Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine is pleased to provide one $5,000 grant to support travel, lodging, and incidental expenses for a flexible research period between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Foundation Fellowships are offered for research related to the history of women to be conducted at the Center for the History of Medicine at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine.
Deadline: May 15, 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
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, 2018
James P. 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.
Deadline: May 1, 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
Jean Harvey Slappy Research Fellowship
looks to support doctoral candidates working on aspects of the history of the U.N.I.A. (Universal Negro Improvement Association), the A.C.L. (African Communities League), and/or Marcus Garvey's organizational activities...
Deadline: March 23, 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
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
Marcus Garvey Foundation Research Fellowship
This fellowship looks to support doctoral candidates doing primary research in the Humanities and Social Sciences on topics related to Africa and/or any part of the global African diaspora (e.g. in the Americas, Europe, etc). Doctoral candidates using archival collections and/or conducting oral histories are especially encouraged to apply. Research fellows receive grants of $500 to help defray research expenses.
Deadline: March 23, 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
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 26, 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
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 16, 2018
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 16, 2018
Penn State Special Collections Summer Travel Awards
Awards of $1,500 to be used for travel to the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State’s University Park campus to utilize the Library’s collections for academic research are available.
Deadline: April 1, 2018
Richard A. Baker Student Travel Grant
The Richard A. Baker Graduate Student Travel Grant is awarded annually to support graduate-level research conducted at member repositories of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress (ACSC). An award of up to $1500 may be used to underwrite travel, lodging, copying and other research expenses incurred from July 1- June 1 of the award year.
Deadline: April 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
SHSI Research Grants
The State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) announces a grant pro­gram for the 2018/2019 academic year. SHSI will award up to ten stipends of $1,000 each to support original research and interpre­tive writing re­lated to the history of Iowa or Iowa and the Midwest. Preference will be given to applicants proposing to pursue previ­ously ne­glected topics or new approaches to or inter­pretations of pre­viously treated topics. SHSI invites appli­cants from a variety of backgrounds, including aca­demic and public historians, graduate students, and indepen­dent re­searchers and writers. Applications will be judged on the basis of their potential for producing work appropriate for publi­cation in The Annals of Iowa. Grant recipients will be expected to produce an annotated manuscript targeted for The Annals of Iowa, SHSI’s schol­arly journal.
Deadline: April 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
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
Summer Research Grants
Each year the Trust awards at least five research grants to graduate students working on a Master’s thesis or PhD dissertation in a field related to the decorative arts. Grants range from $500-$1,000.
Deadline: April 30, 2018
Western History Collections, University of Oklahoma Libraries: research fellowships for visiting scholars
The University of Oklahoma Libraries Western History Collections (WHC) invites applications from established and emerging scholars for WHC endowed research fellowships. The fellowships support research residencies in the Western History Collections and are designed to connect researchers to the rich archival, print, and visual resources of the WHC.
Deadline: March 26, 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