Short-Term Visiting Academic Research Fellowships

The American Antiquarian Society offers short-term visiting academic research fellowships tenable for one to two months each year.

The following short-term fellowships are available for scholars holding the Ph.D. and for doctoral candidates engaged in dissertation research. Candidates holding a recognized terminal degree appropriate to the area of proposed research, such as the master's degree in library science or M.F.A., are also eligible to apply.

A single application form is used to apply for short-term visiting academic fellowships administered by the Society.

Application for the Ebeling Fellowship is made though the German Association for American Studies (DGfA)

AAS also offers long-term fellowships, intended for scholars beyond the doctorate.

  • Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson Fellowships are for research on any topic supported by the collections. Stipends derive from the income on an endowment provided by the late Hall J. Peterson and his wife, Kate B. Peterson. This fellowship is awarded to individuals engaged in scholarly research and writing - - including doctoral dissertations - - in any field of American history and culture through 1876.
    Application deadline: January 15
  • The Legacy Fellowship, also for research on any topic supported by the collections, is funded by the gifts of former fellows and research associates. The tradition of former fellows directing their annual gifts to support a fellowship began in 1997. In that year a special effort was undertaken to solicit current-use funds from former holders of fellowships at AAS. The aim was to help a young scholar by supporting a short-term fellowship. This fellowship is awarded to an individual engaged in scholarly research and writing - - including doctoral dissertations - - in any field of American history and culture through 1876.
    Application deadline: January 15
  • Stephen Botein Fellowships are for research in the history of the book in American culture. Funding is derived from an endowment established by the family and friends of the late Mr. Botein. Doctoral candidates may apply.
    Application deadline: January 15
  • The Joyce Tracy Fellowship is for research on newspapers and magazines or for projects using these resources as primary documentation. This award derives from an endowment established in memory of the Society's longtime curator of newspapers and periodicals. Doctoral candidates may apply.
    Application deadline: January 15
  • Alstott Morgan Fellowship, funded by a generous gift from Richard Parker Morgan and Carolyn Alstott Morgan, supports research on the history of education in nineteenth-century America, drawing on AAS’s unmatched collection of early educational materials, including the Alstott Morgan School Catalogue Collection and the The Student, Teacher, and Trustee Database Project, 1800-1900. This fellowship is awarded to an individual engaged in scholarly research and writing--including doctoral dissertations--in any field of American history and culture through 1876.
    Application deadline: January 15
  • AAS-American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowships are for research on projects related to the American eighteenth century. The award is jointly funded by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and AAS. ASECS membership is not required of applicants; awardees who are not already members must join.
    Application deadline: January 15
  • American Historical Print Collectors Society Fellowship is for research on American prints of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries or for projects using prints as primary documentation. The award is jointly funded by the American Historical Print Collectors Society and AAS.
    Application deadline: January 15
  • The Reese Fellowship supports research in American bibliography and projects in the history of the book in America. Funding for this award is provided by the William Reese Company, New Haven, Connecticut.
    Application deadline: January 15

  • The "Drawn to Art" Fellowship supports research on American art, visual culture, or other projects that will make substantial use of graphic materials as primary sources. Funds have been provided by Diana Korzenik, a painter, author, and historian of art education.
    Application deadline: January 15
  • Jay and Deborah Last Fellowships are for research on American art, visual culture, or other projects that will make substantial use of graphic materials as primary sources. The awards are funded from the gift of Jay and Deborah Last.
    Application deadline: January 15
  • Barbara L. Packer Fellowship is named for Barbara Lee Packer (1947-2010), who taught with great distinction for thirty years in the UCLA English department. Her publications, most notably Emerson’s Fall (1982) and her lengthy essay on the Transcendentalist movement in the Cambridge History of American Literature (1995), reprinted as The Transcendentalists by the University of Georgia Press (2007), continue to be esteemed by students of Emerson and of the American Renaissance generally. She is remembered as an inspiring teacher, a lively and learned writer, and a helpful friend to all scholars in her field—in short, as a consummate professional whose undisguised delight in literature was the secret of a long-sustained success. In naming the Fellowship for her, the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society offers her as a model worthy of the attention and emulation of scholars newly entering the field. The Barbara L. Packer Fellowship is awarded to individuals engaged in scholarly research and writing related to the Transcendentalists in general, and most especially to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Henry David Thoreau. Ph.D. candidates, pre-tenure faculty, and independent scholars are eligible to apply.
    Application deadline: January 15
  • Lapides Fellowship in Pre-1865 Juvenile Literature and Ephemera supports research on printed and manuscript material produced in America through 1865 for (or by) children and youth. This fellowship will support projects examining the creative, artistic, cultural, technological, or commercial aspects of American juvenile literature and ephemera produced between the Puritan Era and the Civil War. It is open to both postdoctoral scholars and graduate students at work on doctoral dissertations.
    Application deadline: January 15
  • Justin G. Schiller Fellowship supports research by both doctoral candidates and postdoctoral scholars from any disciplinary perspective on the production, distribution, literary content, or historical context of American children's books to 1876.
    Application deadline: January 15

  • The Christoph Daniel Ebeling Fellowship is jointly administered by the German Association for American Studies (DGfA) and AAS. Application for this short-term fellowship is made through the DGfA.
    The AAS-DGfA Fellowship is open to German citizens or permanent residents at the post-graduate or postdoctoral stages of their careers. The Fellow will be selected on the basis of the applicant's scholarly qualifications, the scholarly significance or importance of the project within the field of American studies in general and its German context, and the appropriateness of the proposed study to the Society's collections.
    For application deadline and more information, see the German Association for American Studies website

  • Jenny d'Héricourt Fellowship is jointly administered by the French Association for American Studies (Association française d’études américaines) and AAS.
    It funds a one-to-two-month residence to do research on any topic supported by the collections of the Society. The fellowship includes housing in the Society’s Fellows’ Residence and a € 1800 stipend paid by the AFEA in two installments (50% before leaving; 50% at the end of the stay after the completion of a report that will be sent to the AFEA). One fellowship is awarded every year.
    For application deadline and more information, see the French Association for American Studies website

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