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

Due to COVID-19 related restrictions, 2020-2021 residential fellowships that were scheduled to begin at our offices in Charlottesville and at the Library of Virginia in Richmond have been deferred until it is safe for them to resume.

In 2021, we are beginning a new chapter in a new office located in Charlottesville’s 10th & Page neighborhood. We have made the decision to close the fellowship application process until the relocation is complete and COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. This means we will not be offering any new residential fellowships in 2021. We are taking this opportunity to revamp the fellowship program guidelines and expect to announce changes and a timeline for the reopening of our fellowship program sometime in 2021.

In the meantime, be on the lookout for our virtual fellows talks as the work of some non-residential fellowships already or soon underway is shared online. And look for an announcement in early 2021 about an exciting new initiative that will support fellows at historically black colleges and universities in a way that will allow them to work on their projects without leaving their home institutions.

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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.