The Starr Center’s unique location makes it an ideal place to study and write about the American past. Washington College offers the intellectual energy and friendly intimacy of a small liberal-arts institution, where students and faculty often share ideas over meals as well as in the classroom. 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 where they are stimulated by interactions with students, faculty, and distinguished visitors.
Fellowships at the Starr Center
Patrick Henry Fellowship
The Center’s Patrick Henry 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.
The applications for the 2023-2024 Patrick Henry Fellowship are now closed. Please check back in September 2023 for a new application.
Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Library Fellowship
The Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Library 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.
The applications for the 2023-2024 Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Library Fellowship are now closed. Please check back in November 2023 for a new application.
Chesapeake Heartland Staff & Faculty Fellowship
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. The applications for 2021 Chesapeake Heartland Staff & Faculty Fellowships are now closed. Check back in March 2022 for a new application.
Chesapeake Heartland Community Curation Fellowship
Community Curation Fellowships will allow smaller organizations, community groups, artists, teachers, and mentors to develop public humanities projects and programs in collaboration with Kent County community members, groups, and/or institutions. The applications for 2021 Chesapeake Heartland Community Curation Fellowships are now closed. Check back in March 2022 for a new application.