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Filson Historical Society Fellowship Opportunities

Wednesday, September 23, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kinsey Brooke

The Filson Historical Society’s fellowships encourage the scholarly use of the Filson’s nationally significant collections by providing support for travel and lodging. Though currently closed to in-person research because of COVID, the Filson is allowing fellows to apply funding towards fees for staff research and the digital reproduction of collections.

The Filson is Kentucky’s largest and oldest independent historical society with research collections documenting the history and culture of Kentucky, the Ohio Valley and the Upper South. The Library and Special Collections include rare books, maps, and 1.5 million manuscripts, forming the best research holdings in Kentucky for the Frontier, Antebellum, and Civil War eras in addition to extensive collections for the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A large nineteenth-century portrait collection as well as 50,000 photographs and fine prints provide visual images for all periods. The online catalog is available on the society's website.

Areas of collections strength include:

  • Trans-Appalachian Frontier Conflict;
  • Lewis & Clark Expedition;
  • Upper South Enslavement & Emancipation;
  • Civil War & Memory;
  • Southern Jewish History;
  • Agriculture & Environment;
  • Architecture & Material Culture;
  • Decorative Arts & Fashion History;
  • Gilded Age & Progressive era;
  • Suffrage & Women’s Rights;
  • Transportation History;
  • Urban History.

Fellows are expected to be in continuous residence at The Filson. Application deadlines twice per year, October 15 and February 15.

The Filson anticipates that fellows will publish the results of their research in Ohio Valley History, a peer-reviewed journal published jointly by the Filson, the Cincinnati Museum Center, and the University of Cincinnati.

Masters Thesis Fellowships:

MA candidates. Full support of a single $500 award is available for a one-week fellowship period to encourage use of our research collections by M.A. students developing and researching thesis topics. Partial support is available for students residing in Kentucky who travel from outside the greater Louisville area.

Filson Fellowships:

ABD, Ph.D., or holders of an equivalent terminal degree. Full awards are $500 per week and may be awarded for up to two weeks. Awards must be used within eighteen months of their receipt. Partial support is available for scholars residing in Kentucky who travel from outside the greater Louisville area.

C. Ballard Breux Visiting Fellowships:

Ph.D. or holders of an equivalent terminal degree. Full support for post doctoral scholars living outside of Kentucky is available for a one-month residence. Partial support is available for scholars residing in Kentucky who travel from outside the greater Louisville area. Applicants for Breaux Visiting Fellowships are automatically considered for Filson Fellowships

Applications for research fellowships at The Filson Historical Society are due on October 15, 2020.

Further information and application instructions can be found on The Filson’s website.

For general questions about the program or application process, email the Committee on Fellowships at 

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