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Fellowships

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is pleased to invite applications for a range of short-term residential fellowships at the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, with its distinguished collection of primary and secondary sources relating to the Revolutionary era, the colonial Chesapeake, African American studies, decorative arts and material culture through 1830, archaeology, architectural history, digital history, 18th-century Williamsburg, and historic preservation. An important component of the work of the Foundation's Division of Research and Historical Interpretation, fellowships primarily support research on topics related to British America, the American Revolution, and the Early Republic.

Fellows are expected to be in continuous residence at the Rockefeller Library and to actively participate in the intellectual life of the Foundation's research and education campus. Fellows are invited also to attend colloquia, seminars, and lectures at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and at the College of William and Mary.

Fellowships carry a stipend of $2,500 per month and are available to researchers with strong qualifications. Applications will be evaluated according to how well a proposal directly relates to the library's research resources, fulfills the requirements of the particular fellowship for which the candidate is applying, and has the potential to further the Foundation's broader academic mission of educating and engaging public and scholarly audiences about the causes, character, and consequences of the American Revolution.


Available Fellowships

Fellowship in African and African American History and Culture

The Fellowship in African and African American History and Culture supports research on topics related to African and African American history, including the Atlantic slave trade, the development and practice of slavery, the experience of free blacks, the formation of early black institutions and economies, and the emergence of African American expressive culture. The fellowship, available for one to three months, is open to U.S. citizens.

This fellowship has been funded in part by a We the People Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Colonial Williamsburg is grateful to the NEH and all the many donors who contributed matching gifts in support of this endowment.

John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library Fellowship

The John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library Fellowship, available for one to three months, supports projects that clearly relate to the Foundation's primary academic and interpretive priorities, noted above. It is open to all doctoral candidates, advanced scholars, and independent researchers.

Colonial Williamsburg-Jack Miller Center Fellowship

The Colonial Williamsburg-Jack Miller Center Fellowship, available for one to three months, is intended to advance scholarship that will contribute to a deeper understanding of America's founding principles and history. It is open to doctoral candidates, scholars, and independent researchers.

Fellowship in 3D Visualization

The Fellowship in 3D Visualization is a two-month residential appointment awarded once each year to explore innovative ways in which 3D visualization technologies can enhance our understanding of Early American history or a closely related field. The fellowship, intended for doctoral candidates and junior scholars, can be used for projects at any stage of development. The fellow will be based in the Digital History Center's 3D Visualization Lab at the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library and will work alongside staff engaged in the ongoing Virtual Williamsburg 1776 project. Successful proposals will clearly demonstrate the potential for the creative use of 3D visualization technologies for enhancing new or ongoing research. Applicants are not required to have 3D modeling experience, but preference will be given to those who have some familiarity with computer-aided drafting and/or spatial technologies and applicants should clearly describe their technical expertise in their proposal or c.v. This opportunity is open to U.S. citizens.

This fellowship has been funded in part by a Digital Humanities Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Colonial Williamsburg is grateful to the NEH and all the many donors who contributed matching gifts in support of this endowment.

Robert M. & Annetta J. Coffelt and Robert M. Coffelt Jr. Fellowship

The Robert M. & Annetta J. Coffelt and Robert M. Coffelt Jr. Fellowship, available for one to three months, is intended for doctoral candidates and junior scholars working on topics related to the American Revolution, Early Republic, or ideas and philosophies of America's founding fathers.


Application Procedures

To apply please submit a succinct project abstract (maximum 250 words), a project description (not to exceed 1,000 words), and a c.v. Please indicate in your proposal the fellowship to which you are applying, your desired fellowship term (one, two, or three months), and whether you are a U.S. Citizen or eligible to work in the U.S. Proposals must be submitted electronically as PDF or Word files via email to fellowships@cwf.org. In addition, two letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the Library either via email or to the address below.

The application deadline is October 1, 2015 and applicants will be notified by December 1, 2015. Awarded fellowships will be tenable January 1–December 31, 2016.

Mailing Address:

Fellowship Committee
John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Post Office Box 1776
Williamsburg, Virginia 23187-1776
USA


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