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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 2022-2023 fellowship application CLOSED on November 15, 2021. We are no longer accepting applications. Please check back in the fall of 2022 for the next opportunity. 

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 2022-2023 fellowship application is NOW OPEN. The due date to submit your materials is February 1, 2022. 

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. 

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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. 

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Frederick Douglass Visiting Fellowships

The Starr Center’s annual Frederick Douglass Visiting Fellowship brings to campus scholars, writers, musicians and others engaged in the study or interpretation of African-American history or a related field. The fellowship also offers Washington College students and faculty a chance to spend time with some of today’s leading thinkers in the arts and humanities. The Frederick Douglass Visiting Fellowship application is by invitation of the Starr Center Director only.