Scholars’ Workshop

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not bringing scholars to Williamsburg for either the 2020 Scholars’ Workshop (June 22 – July 2, 2020) or the short-term residential fellowships we co-sponsor with the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation. Nonetheless, we remain firmly committed to supporting scholars as well as scholarship. We are paying all fellowship recipients as planned.

We are committing to including the scholars chosen for this year’s workshop in a larger than typical workshop for 2021. (The schedule for that workshop is TBD.) Short-term residential fellows are invited to come to Williamsburg if and when they can at a later date.

Please note that starting in fall 2019 all recipients of Omohundro Institute fellowships are expected to provide an ORCID identifier.

Each summer up to eight untenured scholars gather at the Omohundro Institute for two weeks to work both as a group and individually with OI editors and staff on either a manuscript chapter or a journal article in progress. The weeks include seminar-style meetings on conceptual development, manuscript editing, and source verification as well as time for writing, revising, and consulting.

The Scholars’ Workshop is part of the Lapidus Initiative.

Applicants should please note the following:

  • Materials selected for the Scholars’ Workshop may not be under active consideration by any publisher, nor will the authors be obligated to submit these manuscripts for publication consideration at the OIEAHC.
  • Only untenured scholars, with or without an institutional affiliation may apply. Applicants must have completed the Ph.D. by the application deadline.
  • The Workshop carries a stipend of $2,000 for the initial two weeks.
  • Participants are invited, but not required, to remain in Williamsburg for an additional two weeks after the Workshop concludes. Scholars will be paid $1,000 for each of the weeks that they remain.
  • Assistance in locating housing will be offered, and an office within W&M’s Swem Library will be provided.

Applicants should submit:

  • Project Description (500 words maximum)
  • c.v. (2 pages maximum)
  • 20-35 pages of your proposed work (Note:  the committee will not consider work that is under active consideration by any publisher)

Applicants should request:

  • Two letters of recommendation (to be sent to the OI directly by the recommenders)
    • Applications to the workshop are due November 1.

      Please direct questions to Martha Howard at