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Education, Research and Historical Interpretation Division

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is pleased to invite applications for a range of short-term residential fellowships. Fellowships are an important component of the work of the Education, Research and Historical Interpretation Division. Fellowships primarily support research on topics related to British America, the American Revolution, and the Early Republic.

2020 Available Fellowships

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

The Robert M. & Annetta J. Coffelt and Robert M. Coffelt Jr. Fellowship primarily supports research on the American Revolution, Early Republic, or ideas and philosophies of America’s founding fathers, broadly considered. The successful applicant’s research will help inform future historical programming while contributing to their historical sub-field.

The John D. Rockefeller Jr. library hosts a special manuscripts collection, a visual resources collection, CWF corporate archives and media collections. We have available over a million items including rare books from the 15th-20th centuries, original manuscripts and reproductions from the 17th-20th centuries, 18th-century American and British newspapers, microfilm records, more than 400,000 digital images, motion picture films, and educational audio and video productions.

In addition to Colonial Williamsburg’s library, fellows have access to other Colonial Williamsburg resources – including object collections, archaeology, architectural artifact holdings, and a world class staff of knowledgeable professionals.

Colonial Williamsburg is also conveniently located to institutions with vast primary -source holdings, including William & Mary Libraries, The Library of Virginia, and The Virginia Museum of History and Culture among others.

Fellowships carry a stipend of $2,500 for a one month stay and are available to researchers with strong qualifications and research proposals. Applications are due April 30th, 2020 and decisions will be announced shortly after.

Additional information can be found at: https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.org/locations/john-d-rockefeller-jr-library/ and https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.org/learn/research-and-education/fellowships/

Application Procedures

To apply please submit your proposal in a single document, submitted electronically as a PDF or Word file via email to fellowships@cwf.org

The document should include:

  • The fellowship to which you are applying
  • A succinct project abstract (maximum 250 words)
  • A project description (not to exceed 1,000 words)
  • A Resume (C.V.) (not to exceed 2 pages).
  • The names and contact information for two professional references who could provide a letter of recommendation at the request of the committee.

Please indicate in your proposal whether you are a U.S. Citizen, or if you are eligible to visit the U.S. for the required amount of time. Fellows are expected to be in continuous residence at Colonial Williamsburg and to actively participate in the intellectual life of the Foundation's research, educational, and interpretive campus. This will include a presentation of the Fellow’s research to staff and the public.

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