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C.V. Starr Center for the

Study of the American Experience


The Starr Center’s unique location makes it an ideal place to study and write about the American past.

Benjamin Tanner, "America Guided by Wisdom," Philadelphia, circa 1816. Washington College also offers the intellectual energy and friendly intimacy of a small liberal-arts institution, one where students and faculty often share ideas over meals as well as in the classroom. And larger cities such as Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Annapolis are all within easy day-trip range, giving convenient access to major national libraries, museums, and archives.

Through its fellowship programs, the Starr Center supports innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to the American past – especially by fostering the art of written history. Visiting fellows find a place where they can retreat from daily responsibilities and focus on their writing projects – but also one where they are stimulated by interactions with students, faculty, and distinguished visitors.

The Center’s Patrick Henry Visiting Fellowship supports outstanding writing on American history and culture by both scholars and nonacademic authors; it offers a $45,000 stipend for the academic year, plus living arrangements and other benefits. Click here for more information. Deadline for the 2013-14 Fellowship is February 15, 2013.

The Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Fellowship is open to applicants from a wide range of disciplines who are pursuing projects on the literature, history, culture, or art of the Americas before 1830. The 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. Click here for more information. The deadline for the 2013-14 Fellowship is March 15, 2013.

The Center also offers other short- and longer-term fellowships in Chestertown, as well as special student research fellowships for Washington College undergraduates.