OI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture awarded its first residential postdoctoral fellowship in 1945.

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.

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.

OI-NEH fellows have flexibility in publishing their scholarship, with the OI or elsewhere, and also have the option of 6-, 9-, or 12-month residency at the OI.

Applicants must meet the following requirements in order to be eligible.
  • Applicants must have met all requirements for the doctorate, including a successful defense, by the application deadline.
  • Foreign nationals must have been in continuous residence in the United States for the three years immediately preceding the date of application for the fellowship in order to be eligible for NEH funding.

The OI’s scope encompasses the history and cultures of North America’s indigenous and immigrant peoples during the colonial, Revolutionary, and early national periods of the United States and the related histories of Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, the British Isles, Europe, and Africa to approximately 1820.

The application period for 2022-2023 fellowships has closed. We will post an application for next year’s fellowships in July. In the meantime, we suggest you refer to our CHECKLIST in order to begin compiling your materials.