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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AHA Research Grants
Each year, the American Historical Association awards several research grants with the aim of advancing the study and exploration of history in a diverse number of subject areas. All grants are offered annually and are intended to further research in progress. Grants may be used for travel to a library or archive; microfilming, photography, or photocopying; borrowing or access fees; and similar research expenses—a list of purposes that is meant to be merely illustrative, not exhaustive (other expenses, such as child care, can be included). You must be a member of the AHA to be eligible.
Deadline: February 15, 2022
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 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 25, 2022
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 25, 2022
APS Phillips Fund for Native American Research
The Phillips Fund of the American Philosophical Society provides grants for research in Native American linguistics, ethnohistory, and the history of studies of Native Americans, in the continental United States and Canada. Grants are not made for projects in archaeology, ethnography, psycholinguistics, or for the preparation of pedagogical materials.
Deadline: March 1, 2022
Archival Research Fellowship
Fellowship for $4,000 at The University of North Texas Libraries Applications necessary. See the website for further details.
Deadline: February 15, 2022
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, 2022
Carl J. Ekberg Research Grant
The Center awards each year one $2,000 grant to further French-language research related to the French presence in the upper Mississippi Valley (Illinois Country). Proposals may request support for any stage of a research project, from initial field work to the write-up of results. The grant may be combined with other awards.
Deadline: March 1, 2022
Center for History and Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast
The Center (CHC) seeks to support the creation, preservation, and transmission of knowledge about all aspects of life in Southeast Texas and along the Gulf Coast between Corpus Christi and Pensacola. Through its interdisciplinary, multicultural programs, the CHC is dedicated to engaging, enriching, and transforming communities across our region.
Deadline: March 15, 2022
Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Visiting Scholars Program
University faculty of all ranks, independent scholars, freelance authors and other public intellectuals who are working on a significant article- or book-length study are eligible to apply for this position.
Deadline: March 15, 2022
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, 2022
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
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
David and Rosalee McCullough Research Fellowship
This Fellowship encourages the scholarly use of the nationally significant special collections archive at Legacy Library by providing support for travel, lodging, and food at Marietta, Ohio. Fellowships may be for two or four weeks. Fellows are expected to be in residence for the full term of their fellowship. Over a two or four week period, Marietta College anticipates that fellows will conduct research in the Legacy Library’s Special Collections, present an informal public lecture on their research, meet with students once or twice in class to engage in discussion, and have dinner with the McCullough Fellowship committee early in their residency.
Deadline: February 15, 2022
DEI Research Fellowship
These fellowships may be used for research travel and/or purchasing microfilm, books, or other research-related materials. Fellows will receive $3000 at the beginning of the fellowship for their research expenses. The following year fellows will receive support to travel to present their research at the SHEAR annual conference. Scholars who are from underrepresented backgrounds, early in their careers (graduate students or recent post-graduates), and/or contingent faculty are strongly encouraged to apply for a fellowship.
Deadline: February 1, 2022
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
Drew University Florence Ellen Bell Scholar Award
The Department of Special Collections and University Archives of the Drew University Library announces a call for applications for the Florence Ellen Bell Scholar Award. The Award is competitive and limited to two recipients per year. The Award provides up to $2,500 for expenses relating to academic research at the United Methodist Archives and History Center at Drew University in Madison, NJ, USA.
Deadline: April 30, 2022
Early American Industries Association Research Grant
The Early American Industries Association supports projects related to its mission to preserve and present historic trades, crafts, and tools, and the interpretation of their impact on our lives.
Deadline: March 15, 2022
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 25, 2022
General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. Memorial Dissertation Fellowship
A single $10,000 dissertation fellowship per academic year, established to memorialize the twentieth Commandant of the Marine Corps, is awarded to a qualified graduate student working on a doctoral dissertation pertinent to Marine Corps history.
Deadline: May 1, 2022
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, 2022
Gest Fellowship
Each year Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections offers up to three month-long $2,000 fellowships for researchers to use our unique materials. All projects should include religion as a focus and should strive for interdisciplinarity.
Deadline: February 7, 2022
Hagley NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship on Business, Culture, and Society
The NEH-Hagley Postdoctoral Fellowship on Business, Culture, and Society supports residencies in Hagley’s Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society by scholars who have received their doctoral degrees by the application deadline. Two postdoctoral fellowships are available, one of four months and one for eight months.
Deadline: February 15, 2022
Hakluyt Society Research Grants and Short-Term Fellowship
In furtherance of the principal objects of the Hakluyt Society, to promote the study of historical exploration, travel, and worldwide cultural encounter, the Society, in a new initiative, has established two schemes of research funding. No deadline listed
Deadline: January 31, 2025
Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Fellow
The Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Library Fellowship is open to applicants from a wide range of disciplines who are pursuing projects on the literature, history, culture, or art of the Americas before 1830.
Deadline: February 1, 2022
J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship
The J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship in American History is sponsored jointly by the AHA and the Library of Congress. It is awarded annually to support significant scholarly research in the collections of the Library of Congress by scholars at an early stage in their careers in history. PhD degree or equivalent required. Applicants must have received this degree within the past seven years, and must not have published or had accepted for publication a book-length historical work. The fellowship will not be awarded to complete a doctoral dissertation. The fellowship has a stipend of $5,000 that will be awarded for two to three months, as the Jameson Fellow desires, to spend in full-time residence at the Library of Congress.
Deadline: April 1, 2022
Jamestowne Society Annual Fellowship
The Jamestowne Society offers an Annual Fellowship in the amount of $5,000 to support completion of a graduate thesis or essay on the history and culture of Virginia before 1700. Applicants may be candidates for graduate degrees in any relevant discipline such as History, American Studies, Literature, Archaeology, Anthropology, Fine Arts, et cetera, if their research is devoted either exclusively or very substantially to Colonial Virginia prior to 1700.
Deadline: April 15, 2022
Kansas Historical Society Alfred M. Landon Research Grant
The Alfred M. Landon Historical Research Grant is presented annually to graduate students for research in the collections of the Kansas Historical Society. The total amount available is $1,000.
Deadline: April 15, 2022
Lancaster History Pre- and Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships
Short-term research fellowships for scholars utilizing the collections during the academic year. Collections are capable of supporting research in a variety of fields and disciplines. Reviewed on a rolling basis.
Deadline: November 1, 2025
Lieutenant Colonel Lily H. Gridley Memorial Master's Thesis Fellowship
A number of $3,500 Master's Thesis Fellowships, established to memorialize the Marine Corps' first woman judge advocate, are awarded each academic year to qualified graduate students working on topics pertinent to Marine Corps history.
Deadline: May 1, 2022
Linda H. Peterson Fellowship, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals
The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) will grant one Linda H. Peterson Fellowship (henceforth, the Peterson Fellowship) to a single researcher for a period equivalent to four full-time months. The amount of the award will be $17,500. The Peterson Fellowship supports the study of any aspects of the periodical press in any of its manifold forms, and may range from within Britain itself to the many countries, within and outside of the Empire, where British magazines and newspapers were bought, sold, and read during the “long nineteenth century” (ca. 1780-1914).
Deadline: March 15, 2022
Louis Galambos National Fellowship in Business and Politics
Louis Galambos National Fellowship in Business and Politics supports completion of exceptional dissertations for which the Hagley’s Library research materials constitute a significant source.
Deadline: February 1, 2022
Mari Sandoz Research Award
The Mari Sandoz Heritage Society encourages research on Mari Sandoz and her work by offering an annual research award of $1,000 for proposals that emphasize new insights on Sandoz or new approaches to her life and work. Topics to consider include: feminism; American Indian topics; environmental issues; activism.
Deadline: July 31, 2022
McMaster University Library/American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowship
One one-month resident fellowship in Eighteenth-Century Studies is granted annually by McMaster University, funded jointly by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Faculty of Humanities, and administered through McMaster University Library. The fellowships are for $1,750 US or the Canadian equivalent. Applicants must be an ABD graduate student or postdoctoral and members in good standing of ASECS.
Deadline: January 31, 2022
Mellon Scholars African American History Research Fellowship
The Library Company of Philadelphia’s Program in African American History (PAAH) is now accepting applications for its postdoctoral, dissertation, and short-term fellowships.
Deadline: March 1, 2022
MSU Visiting Scholars Program
Michigan State University Libraries invites applications for visiting scholars for the summer. Monetary awards of $3,000 will be granted based on the overall promise of the research project and the significance of MSU’s Special Collections and/or University Archives to the scope of work. The on-site research period must run for at least one week between May 1 and September 30 of the year awarded.
Deadline: January 31, 2022
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 Netherland Research Center Charles W. Wendell Research Grant
The grant covers a period of one week up to six months, part of which may be devoted to residency at the NNRC, and provides a stipend of $1,000 – $ 5,000, depending upon the scope of the project. A time frame for fulfilling the grant requirements will be established in consultation with the Director of the NNRC. No housing, travel funds, or health insurance are provided. The research project must deal with the Dutch experience in North America and the Dutch Atlantic World, and is expected to result in a publishable article or a component of a larger work. Researchers in any discipline, including family history or biography, are encouraged to apply. The research should draw attention to the rich collection of primary and secondary sources relating to the Dutch colonial experience in America at the New Netherland Research Center, the New York State Archives, the New York State Library, or other repositories, including online New Netherland manuscript translations.
Deadline: February 15, 2022
New Netherland Research Center Student Scholar in Residence Research Grant
Scholars beyond the undergraduate level and actively working on a thesis, dissertation, or scholarly article are invited to apply. Research must be conducted at the New Netherland Research Center, New York State Library, and the New York State Archives, Albany, NY, in the field of New Netherland history and the Dutch Atlantic world, using the Records of New Netherland. The applicant should have a working knowledge of contemporary and seventeenth-century Dutch.
Deadline: July 15, 2022
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
Penn State Special Collections Summer Travel Awards
Awards of $1,500 to be used for travel to the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State’s University Park campus to utilize the Library’s collections for academic research are available.
Deadline: April 1, 2022
Phi Alpha Theta Doctoral Scholarship
Phi Alpha Theta is pleased to announce the continuation of its annual Doctoral Scholarship program for advanced study by graduate student members who are pursuing a Ph.D. in History and who have passed general examinations. Applicant must be a verified member of Phi Alpha Theta.
Deadline: April 1, 2022
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, 2022
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) Dissertation Completion Fellowship
SHAFR invites applications for its dissertation completion fellowship. SHAFR will make two, year-long awards, in the amount of $25,000 each, to support the writing and completion of the doctoral dissertation in each academic year. These highly competitive fellowships will support the most promising doctoral candidates in the final phase of completing their dissertations. SHAFR membership is required. Applicants should be candidates for the PhD in a humanities or social science doctoral program (most likely history), must have been admitted to candidacy, and must be at the writing stage, with all substantial research completed by the time of the award. Applicants should be working on a topic in the field of U.S. foreign relations history or international history, broadly defined, and must be current members of SHAFR.
Deadline: April 1, 2022
Summer Visiting Research Fellowships, Wilson Library, UNC
Wilson Special Collections Library is pleased to announce that it will award up to eight short-term summer research fellowships in the amount of $1,250 to support intensive, innovative, and impactful research use of its collections.
Deadline: January 31, 2022
Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship on the Civil War, Its Origins and Consequences
The Boston Athenæum and the Massachusetts Historical Society offer the Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship on the Civil War, Its Origins and Consequences with a stipend of $4,000 for research residencies of at least four weeks at each institution.
Deadline: February 15, 2022
The John “Bud” Velde Visiting Scholar Program
Two John “Bud” Velde awards are given annually to facilitate a period of extended individual study (usually one month or more) in The Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.
Deadline: February 21, 2022
Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation Research Fellowship
Link copied to clipboard With support from the Thomas Scattergood Behavior Health Foundation, Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections will offer a $5,000 fellowship for researchers to use our materials related to mental health and the history of mental health care.
Deadline: February 7, 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, 2022
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
UCLA Center for 17th- and 18th Century Studies Graduate Fellowship
The Center administers a number of short-term fellowships for graduate students studying the seventeenth and eighteenth century world, and whose work would benefit from the collections of the Clark Library.
Deadline: February 1, 2022
Whitman Research Grant
This grant of up to $1,750 is designed to provide monetary support to unfunded independent researchers who are working on under-explored topics of military history. Funded research is to be conducted at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pa.
Deadline: March 1, 2022
Wilson Special Collections Library Doctoral Fellowships
Opportunities include a one-month pre-dissertation fellowship and a three-month dissertation fellowship.
Deadline: January 31, 2022