The Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture awarded its first postdoctoral fellowship in 1945.
The OI annually offers a two-year residential postdoctoral fellowship in any area of early American studies. Recent recipients of the Ph.D. as well as those who have earned the Ph.D. and begun careers are encouraged to apply.
A principal criterion for selection is that the candidate’s dissertation or other manuscript has significant potential as a distinguished, book-length contribution to scholarship. A substantial portion of the work must be submitted with the application. The Omohundro Institute holds first claim on publishing the appointed fellow’s completed manuscript.
Applicants must meet the following requirements in order to be eligible.
- Applicants may not have previously published or have under contract a scholarly monograph.
- 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.
Fellowship applications are due November 1.
- Karin Amundsen, 2019–2021
- Laurel Daen, 2018–2020
- Carolyn Arena, 2017–2019
- Shauna Sweeney, 2016–2018
- Deborah Hamer, 2015–2017