We support scholars of early America, broadly understood, via 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 –Fellows devote their time to research and writing, work closely with the OI senior and editorial staff, and participate in colloquia and other scholarly activities of the OI. The OI-NEH Fellowship does not carry the requirement that recipients commit their work to the OI (OI Books, the WMQ or digital projects), although fellows are welcome to submit their work for publication through the OI’s regular review processes. Fellows have access to all research facilities, lectures, and events at William & Mary and other area resources including Historic Jamestowne and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation during their time in residence. The residency period may span 6, 9, or 12 months. Applicants must have met all requirements for the doctorate, including a successful defense, by the application deadline. Those who have earned the Ph.D. and begun careers are also encouraged to apply.
- Lapidus Fellowship for the Study of Rare Early American Legal Texts – The William & Mary Law School and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture (OI) are pleased to offer a one-month visiting fellowship for scholars—from advanced graduate students to senior scholars—with strong interests in early American legal history. Fellows must make use of some of the resources included in the collection of rare books donated to the Wolf Law Library at W&M by Sid Lapidus as part of the exhibition “British and Colonial Antecedents of American Liberties” (October 1, 2019 through March 15, 2020).
- Lemon Project Postdoctoral Fellowship – a residential postdoctoral fellowship in the history of institutions and economies of oppression; the first award of this fellowship was supported by expending 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 COVID-19 pandemic. We are suspending applications for this fellowship.)
- 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 COVID-19 pandemic. We are suspending the applications for this fellowship.)
- 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. (This fellowship is funded by the Lapidus Initiative. We are conducting a five-year review of the program and are suspending applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. Look for more information about the program in spring 2022.)
- 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 in 2021 in conjunction with the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Please see the Overview page for details.)
- OI Audio Fellowship — for scholars who want to produce the highest-quality scholarship on early America for public use, with a focus on fresh histories of the American Revolution. Currently in a trial period. After review, we will post more information.
- 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 2022.)
- 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. (We are accepting applications for this fellowship in fall 2021. Please see the fellowship page for details.)
- 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.