Omohundro Institute Fellowships

We support scholars. We offer postdoctoral, predoctoral, and travel fellowships.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the terms of some of our fellowships have changed and some fellowships have been suspended altogether. Some information is given below but please consult the Overview page of each fellowship for more detail where noted.


Please note that all recipients of Omohundro Institute fellowships are expected to provide an ORCID identifier.

  • Omohundro Institute-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship – a two-year residential postdoctoral fellowship in any area of early American studies. This fellowship is awarded annually. (We will award this fellowship in 2020-2021. Please see the Overview page for details.)
  • Lemon Project Postdoctoral Fellowship – a residential postdoctoral fellowship in the history of institutions and economies of oppression and is supported by the OI’s Ronald Hoffman Fund. (We are suspending the award of this fellowship until further notice.)
  • Georgian Papers Programme — one-month-long fellowships for scholars, from advanced graduate students to senior scholars, whose research on transatlantic and early American topics would benefit from time in the Georgian Papers collection at Windsor Castle. Recipients must be U.S. or U.K. citizens. (The archives are closed during the pandemic and we are suspending the application period for this fellowship until spring 2021.)
  • Georgian Papers Programme – Library of Congress fellowships for scholars, from advanced graduate students to senior scholars, whose research on transatlantic and early American topics would benefit from time in the Georgian Papers collection at Windsor Castle as well as at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress. Recipients must be U.S. or U.K. citizens. (The archives are closed during the pandemic and we are suspending the application period for this fellowship until fall 2021.)
  • Scholars’ Workshop – a two-week workshop for up to eight untenured scholars to work both as a group and individually with OI editors and staff on either a manuscript chapter or a journal article in progress. (Due to the pandemic, the Scholars’ Workshop class of 2020 was awarded fellowship money for research but was not able to come to the OI for work with our editorial team. We are hoping to convene the workshop in the summer of 2021 with that class and will reopen the fellowship for new applications in fall 2021.)
  • Digital Collections Fellowship – intended to promote the creative use of digital tools and materials, these fellowships bring scholars, from advanced graduate students to senior scholars, and collections specialists together to make collections related to early America, broadly understood, available for digital scholarship. (We are offering this fellowship as usual.)
  • OI–Mount Vernon Digital Collections Fellowship — for scholars, from advanced graduate students to senior scholars, in partnership with special collections libraries and historical societies, to digitize collection materials related to the American Founding era, broadly defined to span from 1763 to 1800, with preference for projects connected to George Washington and his world. (We are offering this fellowship. Please see the Overview page for details.)
  • OI–Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation Short-term Fellowships — for scholars, from advanced graduate students to senior scholars, to come to Williamsburg, Virginia, for periods of one to two months to use the many scholarly resources in the area, including the collections at Jamestown and in Special Collections at Swem Library on the campus of William & Mary. (Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are suspending the application period for this fellowship until spring 2021.)
  • OI–Folger Institute Short-term Fellowship — for scholars, from advanced graduate students to senior scholars, to make use of the collections at the Folger Shakespeare Library for one month as well as participate in the Folger Institute’s intellectual community. (We are offering this fellowship as per usual. Please see the Overview page for details.)
  • OI–Fort Ticonderoga Short-term Fellowship — for scholars, from advanced graduate students to senior scholars, with strong interests in early America, broadly understood, whose research would benefit from study of the extensive collections at Fort Ticonderoga. (Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are suspending the application period for this fellowship until fall 2021.)
  • Lapidus–OI Fellowship – up to eight predoctoral fellowships awarded annually to support advanced graduate student research related to Early American and transatlantic print culture. (We are offering this fellowship as per usual. Please see the Overview page for details.)
  • Historical Editing – this fellowship enables current or former OI editorial apprentices, in any phase of their graduate school experience in William & Mary’s Lyon G. Tyler Department of History, to build upon their skills through additional editorial work during the William & Mary’s winter and summer breaks.
  • Travel Scholars Fellowship – awarded to faculty and graduate students from developing countries, this fellowship supports participation in an OI conference or workshop.