About Our Fellowships

Our fellowship programs helps writers, community scholars, educators, 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 Allison Robinson – Photo by Jeanne Siler

We are currently offering three fellowship opportunities.

Public Humanities Fellowships

Our Public Humanities Fellowships help writers, independent scholars, community historians, and college and university faculty members share meaningful research, stories, and cultural expressions that are relevant to Virginia’s diverse communities and that connect audiences to wider regional, national, and global contexts. Public Humanities Fellows’ projects engage the public in meaningful and creative ways and explore issues around public humanities topics related to subjects such as history, literature, religion, community stories. 

Virginia HBCU Humanities Fellowships

This opportunity will fund the humanities research of scholars affiliated with Virginia’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in service of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) heritage, stories, and communities. The fellowships are made possible by a major grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation built on their long record of support for HBCUs.

K-12 Educator Fellowships

All educators committed to teaching the humanities, including media specialists, librarians, curriculum specialists, after-school specialists, and home school teachers, are encouraged to apply for this fellowship. A cohort of K-12 Educator Fellows will spend nine months creating two learning experiences with lesson plans (designed around the current Virginia Standards of Learning) and aid in planning a professional development offering in collaboration with other fellows and Virginia Humanities staff.