Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
September 5, 2018
Multiple Geographic Fields
The Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture (OI) offers a two-year residential postdoctoral fellowship in any area of early American studies, to begin July 1. 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. A substantial portion of the work must be submitted with the application. The OI holds first claim on publishing the appointed fellow’s completed manuscript.
Applicants may not have previously published or have under contract a scholarly monograph, and they must have met all requirements for the doctorate, including a successful defense, by the application deadline for the fellowship. Those who have earned the Ph.D. and begun careers are also encouraged to apply. The OI’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 to approximately 1820.
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 OI. Fellows have access to all research facilities, lectures, and events at the William & Mary and other area resources including Historic Jamestowne. One year is devoted to research and writing, and fellows have the option to teach at William & Mary in the second year.
The fellowship is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions for the first year ($4,200 x 12 months) and by the Omohundro Institute for the second year ($4,200 x 12 months). In addition to the stipend of $50,400 per year, the fellowship provides office, research, and computer facilities as well as some travel funds for conferences and research. 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.
The award is open to all eligible persons equally. Foreign nationals must have been in continuous residence in the United States for the three years immediately preceding the date of application for the fellowship in order to be eligible for NEH funding. William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. William & Mary is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. William & Mary conducts background checks on applicants for employment.
About Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture supports scholars and scholarship focused on the expansive field of early American history. The OI has produced a deep bench of award-winning scholarly monographs on a variety of topics; published the leading journal in the field, the William and Mary Quarterly; and sponsored events including conferences designed to bring together scholars for robust exchange. The OI also offers a range of fellowship programs and rigorous training program for editorial apprentices. Housed on the campus of its primary sponsor William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia the Institute of Early American History and Culture is an independent research organization established in 1943. The name of benefactors Mr. and Mrs. Malvern H. Omohundro, Jr., was added in 1996 in recognition of their generous support of the OI.