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Fellowships and Grants to USA, Canada, and International Individuals to Engage in Historical Research in a Virginia Museum

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USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)  Marshall Islands (USA)  Republic of Palau (USA)

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Virginia Museum of History and Culture Research Fellowships

Virginia Museum of History and Culture (VMHC), Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Organization of American Historians (OAH)

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #207233

Grant Description

Fellowships of $1,000 per week and grants of $500 per week to USA, Canada, and International individuals for research projects related to history. Funding is intended to support research in a range of sociological and historical focus areas by defraying the cost of travel to the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. The purpose of this program is to promote the interpretation of Virginia history and access to its collections. Because the program is designed to help defray travel expenses, residents of the Richmond metropolitan area are not eligible for fellowships.

Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowships cover the broad sweep of Virginia and American history. They support research in the following general categories of study, but are not limited to:

  • Political, constitutional, religious, military, and Black studies
  • Business history, economic history, and labor relations
  • Gender, women’s, and LGBTQ+ studies
  • Social, cultural, and literature studies

Grants are offered for mileage to commuting researchers who live outside that area. The majority of fellowships go to those who live farther away and incur greater expenses. The Museum expects recipients to work on a regular basis in the Museum reading room during the period of their fellowships. 

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Fellowships are conferred on the basis of the applicants’ scholarly qualifications, the merits of their proposals, and the appropriateness of their topics, as demonstrated by citation to specific sources in the Virginia Museum of History and Culture collections. Applicants whose research promises to result in significant publication, including the Virginia Magazine of History & Biography, will receive primary consideration.

The Museum welcomes applications from doctoral candidates.

Ineligible:

Undergraduates, master’s students, and graduate students not yet admitted to Ph.D. candidacy are not eligible.

Because the program is designed to help defray travel expenses, residents of the Richmond metropolitan area are not eligible for fellowships.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications is Friday, January 27, 2023.

The committee will consider reapplications. For repeat fellowships, the maximum number is limited to four within a ten-year period.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants: $500 per week
Fellowships: $1,000 per week

Term of Contract:

Fellowships are of up to three weeks a year. For the purpose of this program, a week is defined as five days in the research library, which is open 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday.

Contact Information:

Send applications for the fellowships: fellowships@VirginiaHistory.org.

Submit letters of recommendation to Dr. James Brookes, Melanie Trent De Schutter Library Director, at jbrookes@VirginiaHistory.org. Please reference the applicant’s name in SUBJECT line.

Please address any questions about the application process to:
Dr. James Brookes, Melanie Trent De Schutter Library Director
Virginia Museum of History & Culture
P.O. Box 7311
Richmond, VA 23221-0311

Telephone: 804.342.9670
Fax: 804.355.2399
Email: jbrookes@VirginiaHistory.org

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