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Part-time Fellowship in Literature, History, Culture, Art of the Americas before 1830

The Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College is pleased to invite applications for its part-time residential fellowship, which supports outstanding work on literature, culture, or art of the Americas before 1830, by academics, independent scholars, and writers. Candidates with a U.S. history topic are strongly encouraged to concentrate on the period prior to 1801. The fellowship is also open to filmmakers, novelists, creative and performing artists, and others working on projects that draw on this period of history.

The Hodson Trust – John Carter Brown Library Fellowship award supports two months of research and two months of writing. The stipend is $5,000 per month for a total of $20,000, plus housing and university privileges. The research is conducted at the John Carter Brown Library on the campus of Brown University in Providence, R.I., which has one of the world’s richest collections of books, maps and documents related to North and South America and the Caribbean between 1492 and 1830. The research must be completed within the academic year (September to May). Housing will be provided convenient to the library.

The writing period of the fellowship will be at the Starr Center at Washington College in Chestertown, Md. The Starr Center is dedicated to innovative approaches to the nation’s past and present, and to fostering outstanding writing on American history and culture. The two-month writing term will be during the summer following the research term (June-August). The Hodson Trust - John Carter Brown Fellow will be provided with an office in the Starr Center’s c. 1745 waterfront Custom House, as well as exclusive use of its Fellows’ Residence in Chestertown’s historic district. (The house is large enough to accommodate a family.)  

Candidates are encouraged to consult the John Carter Brown Library’s collections online prior to submitting an application. Special consideration will be given to proposals discussing specific resources at the JCBL that will be useful to the project.

Please visit starrcenter.washcoll.edu for additional information and application instructions. Applications are due February 1, 2022. Questions may be directed to amcginnis3@washcoll.edu.

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