Virginia Humanities fellow Earl Swift works in his office in Charlottesville on 6/13/18.

About Our Fellowships

Our Fellowship Program helps writers, independent scholars, and university faculty members uncover stories about Virginia’s history and culture.

Since 1974, we’ve awarded almost 400 fellowships for projects that help Virginians better understand the state, Virginia’s role in the world, and each other.

Right: Virginia Humanities Fellow Earl Swift – Photo by Pat Jarrett

Notice to Prospective Applicants

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected access to the physical space and budget resources for our Fellowship program. As a result, the fellowship review cycle for fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters and the application deadline (December 1, 2020) have been cancelled.

The next application deadline for the 2022-2023 academic year will be December 1, 2021. The fellowship application system will accept applications beginning January 1, 2021.

Meet the Fellows

Virginia Humanities Fellows (2012)

Virginia Humanities is pleased to have nine scholars in residence for the 2019-2020 academic year—six in Charlottesville and three in Richmond at the Library of Virginia.

Fellows Talks

You can catch up with our Fellows and hear first-hand the stories their research is uncovering by watching one of our virtual Fellows Talks.

The talks serve a dual purpose. They are one of the ways we’re making their scholarship more accessible and they are also an opportunity for the Fellows to get feedback from their peers and the public.

You’ll find past talks and other stories about our Fellows here. You’ll find upcoming talks on our events calendar.

Endowed Fellowships

The recipients of the Virginia Humanities’ endowed and named fellowships are chosen as part of the standard review process. There is no need to apply for these fellowships specifically. However, proposals that address their criteria are welcomed.

Support the next generation of Virginian scholarship.

The Fellowship program relies on endowed and named fellowships to uncover stories about Virginia’s history and culture. Be a part of this valuable work by funding a Fellowship today.