Fellowship Program

About the Program

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities offers fellowships to scholars and writers in the humanities. We seek applications that are intellectually stimulating, imaginative, and accessible to the public. There are no restrictions on topic, and applications are invited from across the broad spectrum of the humanities.

Residential Fellowships

Stipends and Sessions

The maximum fellowship stipend is $15,000 per semester. Fellowships are awarded for one semester or a full academic year.

Fellows’ Offices

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities shares a scenic property with the Boar’s Head Inn on Rt. 250 West, several miles from the University of Virginia. If you are selected to be a Fellow, you will have a private, sunny office equipped with a computer and internet connection. Fellows share a printer and photocopier. The VFH building has kitchen facilities, meeting space, a lounge, and ample parking. The Boar’s Head property offers spacious lawns, shady spots, and two ponds with resident ducks and geese.

In addition to the Fellowship Program, the VFH is home to numerous arts and cultural programs, including the Center for the Book, the Virginia Festival of the Book, Encyclopedia Virginia, Virginia Folklife, With Good Reason, and BackStory with the American History Guys. Fellows have the opportunity to get to know VFH staff members and become involved, formally or informally, in a variety of public humanities projects. If you’re in residence during the spring term, for instance, you may be asked to serve as a panelist or moderator in the Virginia Festival of the Book. Fellows also appear on With Good Reason, a VFH Radio program.

University of Virginia Faculty Status

Fellows have visiting faculty status at the University of Virginia. This includes access to:

  • All University of Virginia libraries
  • On-site library delivery
  • Departmental and University lecture series, symposia, concerts, and exhibitions
  • University faculty housing
  • University recreational facilities, including the Aquatic and Fitness Center


In addition to UVa faculty housing, there are numerous apartments, condos, and houses available for rent in and around Charlottesville. You can live near the University of Virginia’s historic Grounds or just off the bustling Downtown Mall —or find a cottage in the countryside. For more information on Charlottesville properties, see MyCAAR.com.

About Charlottesville

Charlottesville is a small, intellectually and culturally thriving city in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Located 115 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., it is home to the University of Virginia and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. The Charlottesville arts scene is diverse and active. Numerous clubs offer live music, and sports and recreational opportunities abound. The City Market sells locally grown produce every Saturday morning from April through October. Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport is a 20-minute drive from the VFH offices. Other airports serving the area include Dulles International, Reagan National, and Richmond International Airport.