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C.V. Starr Center for the


Study of the American Experience

2020 Chesapeake Heartland Staff & Faculty Fellowship

Description: Staff & Faculty Fellowships are to be awarded to college staff and faculty who generate and/or engage Chesapeake Heartland materials while also collaborating with local community partners. Digitization and interpretation efforts might take shape within courses, research projects, student activities and events, interpretive workshops, exhibits, public humanities programs, site visits, collaborations with local public schools, and other experiential and service learning opportunities. Toward the end of the year, each fellow will make a presentation along with other fellows, community members, and project stakeholders. Proposed projects should be collaborative and the proposed budget should reflect such collaboration: fellows may apply for up to $5,000 for the entire project, of which a maximum of $3,000 can be applied to an individual stipend with the remainder covering additional project costs including wages and stipends for collaborators. Fellows will serve as project managers and work closely with the Starr Center to administer and track expenses.

Timeline: Application due January 10, 2020. Awards announced by February 1, 2020.

Eligibility: Staff and/or faculty of Washington College, including adjunct faculty and retired faculty and staff. Fellows may also include staff and/or faculty from other educational institutions who partner with faculty and staff from Washington College. To learn more about the Chesapeake Heartland’s mission and goals, please see the FAQ document

Application Materials:

1. A Completed application form, including a project summary, biographical sketch, description of collaborators, timeline, budget, list of deliverables, and statement of goals.

2. Letters of support and/or commitment from collaborators.
Washington College Faculty should include a letter of support from their department chair.
Washington College Staff should include a letter of support from their supervisor.

Evaluation Considerations (while a project proposal does not need to satisfy all of the criteria below, it should seek to achieve some combination of the following):


• Digitizes and interprets African American history and culture in Kent County, MD
• Emphasizes community-led interpretation
• Cultivates a collaborative process (with a budget that reflects such collaboration)
• Builds toward a public-facing event
• Produces a work of written reflection
• Strengthens local schools and/or nonprofits
• Fosters cross-generational mentorship and interracial conversation
• Engages, employs, and trains local teenagers
• Focuses not only on injustice and activism, but also daily life experiences
• Shows an understanding of Chesapeake Heartland’s mission 
• Seeks support from those with relevant experience
• Outlines clear deliverables within a feasible timeline and budget

Questions: Questions may be emailed to Airlee Ringgold Johnson at ajohnson23@washcoll.edu