Short-Term Visiting Fellowships


The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture offers short-term fellowships.

  • NEW! 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). 

  • 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. If found sustainable, we will open the application period for this fellowship at a later date.
  • OI-Folger Institute Short-Term Visiting Fellowships —This fellowship is dedicated to funding studies of early America, broadly understood. Folger-OI fellowships support researchers—from advanced graduate students to senior scholar—with strong interests in Atlantic history, colonial history, literary studies, performance history, and material culture. Folger-OI fellows receive $3,500 for four continuous weeks of work. Recipients are expected to join the OI Associates program upon notification of their selection, if not already a member. The cost of membership dues will be added to the fellowship award when it is disbursed. Please note that ABD applicants who are applying exclusively for this fellowship should state this intent in their application. Applications for this fellowship are handled through the Folger website and are due by midnight on January 18, 2022.
  • OI-Jamestown Foundation Short-Term Visiting Fellowships support scholars—from advanced graduate students to senior scholars—with strong interests in early America, broadly understood, whose work may benefit from access to the historic Jamestown site as well as the holdings of the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation and the staff and scholars there. Scholars with strong interests in colonial history, historical archaeology, Atlantic history, Native American history, African American studies, early Jamestown, the Chesapeake, and material culture, 1500–1720, are encouraged to apply. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are not accepting applications for this fellowship at this time.
  • OI-Fort Ticonderoga Short-Term Visiting Fellowships support scholars—from advanced graduate students to senior scholars—with strong interests in early America, broadly understood, whose work may benefit from access to the collections at Fort Ticonderoga. Fort Ticonderoga holds one of North America’s largest collections of military material culture, covering the colonization fo North America and the ensuing colonial conflicts, as well as the Seven Years’ War, the American Revolution, and the War of 1812. Fellows make use of Fort Ticonderoga’s collections and facilities, including office space and, when possible, lodgings on the grounds of the fort. Fellows may choose to take the award in one four-week or two two-week residencies.
    Applications for this fellowship are due November 1, 2021.