The List (by name)

Welcome to The List, the OI’s collection of fellowships and travel grants for Early Americanists. Please contact Martha Howard (oieahc@wm.edu) to share any additional opportunities.

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A.C. Elias, Jr. Irish-American Research Travel Fellowship
To support documentary scholarship on Ireland in the period between the Treaty of Limerick (1691) and the Act of Union (1800), by enabling North American-based scholars to travel to Ireland and Irish-based scholars to travel to North America.
Deadline: November 15, 2020
ACLS Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellow
ACLS invites applications for Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, which support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. The program encourages timely completion of the PhD.
Deadline: October 28, 2020
Alfred D. Bell Jr. Travel Grant
The Forest History Society annually offers a number of competitive Alfred D. Bell Jr., Travel Grants to support travel and lodging expenses of up to $950.00 incurred by researchers conducting in-depth studies at the Society's Alvin J. Huss Archives and Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Library. No deadline is listed
Deadline: January 1, 2025
American Academy for Jewish Research Graduate Research Funding
AAJR announces a grant for graduate student summer research funding. We will provide several stipends of no more than $4,000 to graduate students in any field of Jewish Studies whose department does not provide funds for travel to archives, libraries, or other research sites abroad. The funds are not intended for language study or purchase of equipment.
Deadline: February 1, 2021
American Philosophical Society Fellowship
Through its Franklin Research Grants program, the American Philosophical Society sponsors one Fellowship per year at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), for research in Edinburgh. The Fellowship is for two to four months and is for research in any aspect of the humanities and social sciences. The Fellowship is available only to residents of the United States (either American citizens or foreign nationals or permanent residents affiliated with a U.S. institution) or American citizens resident abroad. A bursary of up to $6,000 will be offered to successful candidates to contribute towards travel expenses and a monthly subsistence payment. Fellows will be expected to give a presentation about their research during their stay at IASH, and to provide a project and financial report at the end of their Fellowship. Please see Notes for guidance below for more detail on eligibility and obligations.
Deadline: February 1, 2021
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Travel Grants
Applications are invited for the grants listed below who purpose is to support research in eighteenth-century studies that requires travel. Only members of ASECS in good standing are eligible.
Deadline: January 1, 2021
Anne Dhu McLucas Graduate Student Fellowship
The fellowship honors Prof. McLucas’ primary areas of scholarly interest by providing support to a graduate student conducting research (archival or fieldwork) on traditional music (music in the oral tradition) or Native American/First Nations music.
Deadline: November 1, 2021
Anne Dhu McLucas Graduate Student Fellowship
The fellowship honors Prof. McLucas’ primary areas of scholarly interest by providing support to a graduate student conducting research (archival or fieldwork) on traditional music (music in the oral tradition) or Native American/First Nations music.
Deadline: November 1, 2020
Bancroft Library Fellowships
The Bancroft Library is pleased to offer numerous fellowships and awards. Please see individual awards pages for details on eligibility, scope of funds, and timelines.
Deadline: February 1, 2021
Bibliographical Society of America Fellowships
The Society invites applications for its annual Katharine Pantzer Senior Fellowship in Bibliography and the British Book Trades as well as its annual short-term fellowships, all of which support bibliographical inquiry and research in the history of the book trades and in publishing history. Eligible topics may concentrate on books and documents in any field, but should focus on the book or manuscript (the physical object) as historical evidence.
Deadline: November 1, 2020
Boston Athenaeum Short-Term Fellowship
The Boston Athenæum offers short-term fellowships to support the use of Athenæum collections for research, publication, curriculum and program development, or other creative projects. Each fellowship pays a stipend for a residency of twenty days (four weeks) and includes a year’s membership to the Boston Athenæum. Scholars, graduate students, independent scholars, teaching faculty, and professionals in the humanities as well as teachers and librarians in secondary public, private, and parochial schools are eligible.
Deadline: April 15, 2021
Center for Jewish History NEH Fellowship for Senior Scholars
The Center for Jewish History offers a fellowship to senior scholars through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The award supports original research at the Center in the humanities, including but not limited to Jewish studies, Russian and East European studies, American studies and Germanic studies, as well as musicology, linguistics, anthropology, sociology and history.
Deadline: December 1, 2020
Charleston Research Fellowship
Applicants must be working on projects of scholarship, public history, or artistic production that would benefit from research in Charleston. Preference will be given to those coming from out of state and those using materials from the Jewish Heritage Collection (jhc.cofc.edu) at the College’s Addlestone Library.
Deadline: March 1, 2021
Clements Center Research Fellowships for the Study of Southwestern America, SMU
Fellowships are for a full academic year. Competition is open to individuals in any field in the humanities or social sciences doing research on Texas, the American Southwest or the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. (Please note that because of the specific terms of our endowment, we are unable to fund projects focused primarily on California after 1848; we do, however, encourage submissions from applicants studying California prior to the U.S.-Mexican War.) The fellowships are designed to provide time for senior or junior scholars to bring book-length manuscripts to completion. The fellowships cannot be used to complete a dissertation.
Deadline: January 24, 2024
Clements Library Research Fellowships
The Clements Library research fellowships exist to help scholars gain access to the Library’s rich array of primary sources on early American history. On almost any aspect of the American experience from 1492 through 1900, the Clements holdings—books, manuscripts, pamphlets, maps, prints and views, newspapers, photographs, ephemera—are among the best in the world.
Deadline: January 15, 2021
College of Physicians of Philadelphia Wood Institute Travel Grants
The F.C. Wood Institute for the History of Medicine at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia offers grants to cover travel and lodging expenses for researchers who wish to use the College's collection of texts, manuscripts, archives, images, artifacts, and specimens in the history of medicine for short-term research (1 to 2 weeks). Grants are usually on the order of $750 per week and are intended to help defray the costs of travel and lodging. Travel grant recipients will have access to the College's collections. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.
Deadline: January 1, 2025
Congregational Library Travel Grants
The Congregational Library provides small but helpful travel scholarships for qualified researchers. No deadline listed.
Deadline: January 1, 2025
Cosmos Club Scholars Grant
The grants support dissertation research and travel for graduate students studying at Washington, DC-area graduate programs.
Deadline: November 1, 2020
Dirksen Congressional Center Research Grant
The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress. Applications reviewed on rolling basis.
Deadline: January 1, 2025
Dissertation Completion Fellowship
The purpose of the Dissertation Fellowship is to offset a scholar’s living expenses while she completes her dissertation.
Deadline: November 1, 2020
Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society Daiches-Manning Memorial Fellowship
Supports two-six months of research by a postdoctoral scholar on eighteenth-century Scotland as a Fellow in residence at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.
Deadline: February 26, 2021
equity graduate student fellowship
ASEH created this fellowship to recognize graduate students from an underrepresented group for their achievements in environmental history research, to expand ASEH membership, and to broaden the topics of study in the field. The fellowship provides a single payment of $1,000 for Ph.D. graduate student research and travel in the field of environmental history, without geographical restriction. The funds must be used to support primary research and travel during 2021. The ASEH Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity will review the applications and select the recipient. Students enrolled in Ph.D. programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Hispanic Serving Institutions are strongly encouraged to apply, although the Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity will consider applications from students from any underrepresented group. Students must be members of ASEH at the time of their application to be eligible for this award.
Deadline: November 20, 2020
FEEGI Travel Award
Recognizing the significant material and financial challenges inherent in multi-sited studies, the Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction awards an annual research grant of $1000 to support travel to archival or other field sites. This award is open to all FEEGI members.
Deadline: November 15, 2020
Fulbright-NNRC Student Scholar Research Grant
The New Netherland Research Center (NNRC), a combined endeavor of the New Netherland Institute (NNI) and the Office of Cultural Education, New York State Education Department (NYSED/OCE), offers a joint Student Scholar Research Grant with the Fulbright Center of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The New Netherland Research Center provides a grant of $ 3,000 for research, which is intended to defray the cost of a three-month residence at the NNRC, with the research taking place at the NNRC itself, the New York State Library and the New York State Archives in Albany, New York. The research must take place in the field of New Netherland History and the Dutch Atlantic World, using the Records of New Netherland. Genealogical research is excluded.
Deadline: November 1, 2020
German Historical Institute Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships
The GHI awards short-term fellowships to European and North American doctoral students as well as postdoctoral scholars to pursue research projects that draw upon primary sources located in the United States. We are particularly interested in research projects that fit into the following fields: German and European history, the history of German-American relations, and the role of Germany and the USA in international relations.
Deadline: April 1, 2021
Hagley Museum Henry Belin du Pont Dissertation Fellowships
Henry Belin du Pont Dissertation Fellowships are designed for graduate students who have completed all course work for the doctoral degree and are conducting research on their dissertation. The applicant's research should benefit from use of Hagley's research collections. This is a residential fellowship with a term of four months. The fellowship provides $6,500, free housing on Hagley's grounds, use of a computer, mail and internet access, and an office.
Deadline: November 15, 2020
Harley-Delmas Fellowship
These Research Fellowships, established in memory of Brian Harley, are primarily intended to promote the use of the great wealth of cartographic material available in London and other parts of the United Kingdom. Fellowship awards range up to £2,000.
Deadline: November 1, 2020
Harvard Business School Alfred D. Chandler Jr. Travel Fellowships
The fellowship supports projects by graduate students and untenured faculty focusing on business and economic history which requires research travel to the Baker Library and other local archives.
Deadline: November 5, 2020
J. Donald Hughes graduate research fellowships
The J. Donald Hughes Research Fellowships were created to recognize graduate student achievements in environmental history research in honor of J. Donald Hughes, recipient of ASEH's Distinguished Service award in 2000 and editor of Environmental History from 1983 to 1985. The fellowships provide a single payment of $1,000 for graduate student (master’s or doctoral) research and travel in the field of environmental history, without geographical restriction. The funds must be used to support research and travel in the year of the award.
Deadline: November 20, 2020
Jack Henning Graduate Fellowship in Labor Culture and History
To support graduate students (Master’s and Ph.D. candidates) enrolled in an accredited California university undertaking research related to laborlore, labor history, occupational folklife, trade union traditions, and/or workers’ expressive culture, all broadly defined. Applicants may be from any relevant discipline, including but not limited to Anthropology, Art, Communication Studies, Cultural Studies, English, Ethnic Studies, Folklore, Geography, History, Labor Studies, Literature, Sociology, Urban Studies, and Women’s Studies. We are especially interested in supporting graduate students who are exploring important, innovative topics related to the lives of working people that may fall outside of the parameters of traditional academic research and funding.
Deadline: December 1, 2020
Joe and Wanda Corn Fellowship
The recipient will be jointly appointed at the Smithsonian's American Art Museum (SAAM) and National Museum of American History (NMAH) and will draw on the collections, expertise, and research resources of both museums. Interested applicants are encouraged to identify an advisor from each museum.
Deadline: November 1, 2020
John Carter Brown Library Short- and Long-Term Fellowships
The John Carter Brown Library (JCBL), an independently funded institution for advanced research on the campus of Brown University, will award approximately forty residential fellowships for the year.
Deadline: December 1, 2020
Kentucky Historical Society Research Fellowship
The Kentucky Historical Society offers short-term fellowships (one to four weeks) to promote scholarship on any facet of Kentucky’s rich history.
Deadline: March 1, 2021
Library Company of Philadelphia Postdoctoral Fellowships
The NEH and PEAES Fellowships at the Library Company support research in residence at the Library Company on any subject relevant to its collections.
Deadline: November 1, 2020
LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections Digital Scholarship
The LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship Fellowships provide a $3,000 stipend for a graduate student or a non-UT Masters-level (or above) scholar to pursue research or teaching interests in Latin American, U.S. Latinx, African Diaspora, or Indigenous Studies using the Benson Latin American Collection’s digitized holdings and digital methods/platforms. This is a remote fellowship—applicants must limit their proposals to digitized content from the Benson or its Latin American partners.
Deadline: November 6, 2020
McNeil Center for Early American Studies Barra Sabbatical Fellow
This fellowship is designed for a scholar in any relevant discipline who will be on leave from a tenured or tenure-track faculty position for the 2021–2022 academic year.
Deadline: December 7, 2020
Mellon-Schlesinger Summer Research Grants
A major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has allowed the Schlesinger Library to launch the Long 19th Amendment Project interrogating the centennial of American women’s suffrage. The grant will fund up to three eight-week residencies each June–July in 2019, 2020, and 2021 for researchers doing advanced work on gender and suffrage, voting rights, citizenship, or other related topics. Successful projects will draw in meaningful ways on Schlesinger Library collections. The stipend for each award is $15,000.
Deadline: November 16, 2020
Monticello Short-Term Fellowships for the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery
Short-term fellowships are awarded for periods of one, two, three or four months to doctoral candidates and postdoctoral scholars from any country. Awards carry a stipend of $2,000 per month plus pre-approved travel costs for scholars from the United States and Canada. The International Fellowship awards include a stipend for $3,000 per month and pre-approved travel costs. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Center during the course of the fellowship, and no awards are made for work carried on elsewhere. Fellows have access to Monticello's expert staff and research holdings as well as to the extensive resources of the Alderman Library at the University of Virginia.
Deadline: November 1, 2020
Mystic Seaport Museum Paul Cuffe Memorial Fellowship
This fellowship provides funds to reaseachers studying the participation of Native and African Americans in the maritime activities of New England, primarily its southeastern shores. Fellowships support research and writing, a portion of which should be carried out in the Mystic, CT area. Grants are up to $2,400. No deadline is listed.
Deadline: January 1, 2025
New England Regional Fellowship Consortium Fellowships
Each grant will provide a stipend of $5,000 for a minimum of eight weeks of research at participating institutions.
Deadline: February 1, 2021
OAH John Higham Research Fellowship
This fellowship is open to all graduate students writing doctoral dissertations for a Ph.D. in American history. Applicants pursuing research in those fields most congenial to the research and writing interests of John Higham will receive special consideration. These topics include U.S. social and intellectual history broadly considered, with preference given to research projects on American immigration and ethnic history as well as American historiography, and the cultural history of the nineteenth-century U.S.
Deadline: December 1, 2020
OI–Mount Vernon Fellowships for Digital Collections in the American Founding Era
The fellowship will award up to $5,000 to the holding library and to the scholar whose research relies on, or will be greatly enhanced by, the digitization of a collection or partial collection of materials related to the American Founding era, broadly defined to span from 1763 to 1800, with preference for projects connected to George Washington and his world.
Deadline: November 1, 2020
Omohundro Institute Lapidus Fellowship for Graduate Research in Early American Print Culture
The fellowship provides $1000 to graduate students studying Early American print culture for travel connected to research purposes.
Deadline: November 1, 2020
Othmer Library Travel Grant
Travel grants are intended to help defray the cost of travel to Philadelphia solely to use the primary collections of the Othmer Library. A grant-worthy proposal will provide a short description of the research project as well as explain why the collections of the Othmer Library are important to the project. Before applying, consider contacting the librarians and curators to help define how the collections support your project. No deadline listed.
Deadline: January 1, 2025
Purdue University Libraries Research Grants
The purpose of these grants is to support the research of faculty, students, and independent scholars whose research cannot progress satisfactorily without consulting the Center’s unique collections onsite.
Deadline: January 17, 2021
Rose and Sigmund Strochlitz Travel Grant
Travel grants are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who are selected by a committee composed of Dodd Research Center staff with consultation from University of Connecticut faculty. The committee attempts to approve awards in a number of subject fields reflecting the strengths of Archives & Special Collections: Alternative Press, American Literature, Business History, Connecticut History, Hispanic Culture & History, Human Rights, Labor History, Natural History, Nursing History and Railroad History. Awards up to $500 are made to graduate students and post-doctoral students; established scholars are eligible for awards of up to $1,500. Approximately $3,000 in grants are available each year.
Deadline: January 30, 2021
Samuel P. Hays research fellowship
ASEH created this fellowship to recognize the contributions of Samuel P. Hays, the inaugural recipient of the society's Distinguished Scholar Award, and to advance the field of environmental history, broadly conceived. The fellowship provides a single payment of $1,000 to help fund travel to and use of an archive or manuscript repository, or to collect related research material. It is open to practicing historians (either academic, public, or independent). Graduate students are ineligible. A Ph.D. is not required.
Deadline: November 20, 2020
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) Myrna F. Bernath Fellowship
The Myrna F. Bernath Fellowship was established by the Bernath family to promote scholarship in U.S. foreign relations history by women. The Myrna Bernath Fellowship of up to $5,000 is intended to defray the costs of scholarly research by women. It is awarded biannually (in odd years) and announced at the SHAFR luncheon held during the annual meeting of the American Historical Association. Applications are welcomed from women at U.S. universities as well as women abroad who wish to do research in the United States. Preference will be given to graduate students and those within five years of completion of their PhDs.
Deadline: October 30, 2020
Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives Lynn E. May, Jr. Study Grants
In order to encourage use of the materials in the Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, the library provides modest grants to qualified researchers. The grants are limited to $750 and are used to cover expenses related to research in the Library and Archives. For more information on the Lynn E. May Study Grants, please write the director of the Library and Archives. No deadline is listed on the website.
Deadline: January 1, 2022
Travel Grant
The American Heritage Center offers travel grants to provide support for travel, food and lodging to carry out research using the AHC's collections. The Center’s collections support a wide range of research in political and cultural history and the uses of landscape. Past grantees have studied topics ranging from western water rights and the development of urban pedestrian malls to food cultures in the American borderlands and the cultural resonance of Lassie.
Deadline: March 31, 2021
Travel to Collections Grants
The Helmerich Center for American Research offers several travel to collections grants to support research projects that require on-site use of its collections. The travel grants are $500 per week for a maximum length of two weeks. Fellows are expected to be active researchers at the center, and they are encouraged to participate in the intellectual life of the center and The University of Tulsa. A brief report will be due within 30 days of completion of the travel grant, and a copy of any publications resulting from the research should also be sent to the center. No deadline is listed on the website.
Deadline: June 1, 2025
University of Virginia William A. Elwood Fellowship in Civil Rights and African-American Studies
This fellowship supports research in the history of African-Americans, in particular their struggle for equal rights.  In a typical year, 4 months of fellowship support are awarded.
Deadline: April 15, 2021
Yale Center for British Art Visiting Scholar Awards
Visiting Scholar Awards provide academic, museum, and independent scholars, as well as doctoral students, working in any field related to British art an opportunity to study the Center’s collection.
Deadline: October 28, 2020