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Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

Receipt Deadline: October 30, 2017

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture promotes scholars and their scholarship via its publications, conferences, and fellowships.  The Institute’s scope encompasses the history and cultures of North America’s indigenous and immigrant peoples during the colonial, Revolutionary, and early national periods of the United States and the related histories of Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, the British Isles, Europe, and Africa, from the sixteenth century to approximately 1820.

Housed on the campus of the College of William & Mary in historic Williamsburg, Virginia, the Institute of Early American History and Culture was established in 1943 by founding sponsors the College of William & Mary and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. The name of benefactors Mr. and Mrs. Malvern H. Omohundro, Jr., was added in 1996 in recognition of their generous support of the Institute.  Since its inception, the Institute has produced award-winning scholarly monographs on a variety of topics; published the third series of the William and Mary Quarterly; and sponsored conferences designed to bring together scholars at various levels of career achievement. Shortly after opening its doors, the Institute also began a fellowship program and created a training program for editorial apprentices.

The Omohundro Institute offers a two-year residential postdoctoral fellowship in any area of early American studies.  A principal criterion for selection is that the candidate’s dissertation or other manuscript has significant potential as a distinguished, book-length contribution to scholarship.  Fellows devote most of their time to research and writing, work closely with the editorial staff, and participate in colloquia and other scholarly activities of the Institute. In addition to a stipend, the fellowship provides office, research, and computer facilities as well as some travel funds for conferences and research.  Fellows have access to all research facilities, lectures, and events at the College of William & Mary and other area resources including Historic Jamestowne.  Fellows also have the option of spending a summer at the Huntington Library on a full grant within five years of their residency in Williamsburg.

Host Institutions: Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
Location: Williamsburg, VA
Point of Contact: Karin Wulf, Director
Phone: (757) 221-1114

About NEH Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

The National Endowment for the Humanities provides grants to independent centers for advanced study and international research organizations to support fellowship programs for humanities scholars through its Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI). NEH fellowships provide scholars with stipends, a collegial environment, and access to resources that might not be available at their home institutions.

Fellowship programs may be administered by independent centers for advanced study, libraries, and museums in the United States, or American overseas research centers or other organizations that have expertise in promoting research on foreign cultures. The centers and organizations establish their own peer review procedures for the selection of NEH grant recipients and administer the awards. NEH provides funding for humanities fellowships of four to twelve months.

Amount of Award

Amount of the award will vary by the number and length of the fellowships offered by the host institution.


Centers and organizations applying for these grants may not be affiliated with an institution of higher education and must be independently governed, financed, and administered. In addition, they must have a pre-existing fellowship program maintained with non-NEH funding. Eligibility for NEH fellowships at these research institutions is limited to United States citizens and foreign nationals who have been residents in the United States for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline for the grant. NEH research opportunities are intended for persons who have already completed their formal academic training. Consequently, persons seeking support for work in pursuit of a degree are not eligible for NEH fellowships and research grants.

How to Apply

For more information and application instructions, please visit the program website listed above.