OI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship Overview

We will post the application for the OI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship no later than SEPTEMBER 15, 2021. In the meantime, we suggest you refer to the CHECKLIST to begin compiling your materials.

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture (OI) offers a residential postdoctoral fellowship program in any area of early American studies and funded by a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities’ Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI) program. The OI plans to award at least two 9-month residential postdoctoral fellowships that may adjust to between six and twelve months of fellowship support to begin July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.  Applicants may choose residential fellowship terms of 6, 9, or 12 months at the OI during 2022-2023.

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. 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.  OI-NEH fellows will have flexibility in publishing their scholarship, with the OI or elsewhere.

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. OI-NEH fellows will have the possibility of publishing with the OI, along with the mentorship of the OI editors throughout residency.  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 fellowships are supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions ($5,000 per month).  In addition to the monthly stipend, the OI offers benefits and provides office, research, and computer facilities as well as research funds and a housing allowance.  Fellows also have the option of spending a summer at the Huntington Library on a full grant within five years of their residency in Williamsburg.

The award is open to all eligible persons equally. 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. William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. William & Mary is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. William & Mary conducts background checks on applicants for employment.

The deadline for electronic submission of applications is November 1, 2021.

For more information, please email us at oieahc@wm.edu.

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