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.