Lulu Miller and Wes Swing collaborated on a live-scored reading from Miller's forthcoming book "Why Fish Don't Exist" at the Bridge PAI on Sunday, 10/22/17.

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.  If you’re engaged in the public humanities, and you’re interested in sharing your work with a wider audience, we’d love to hear from you.  

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

Deadline: April 30, 2023

Pictured: VA Humanities Fellow Lulu Miller gives a public talk in 2017 – Photo by Pat Jarrett/Virginia Humanities

About Our Public Humanities Fellowships 

All Public Humanities Fellows will receive a $15,000 stipend to support their projects. If desired, Fellows may complete their four-month fellowship in residence—at Virginia Humanities’ public humanities center in Charlottesville, or the Library of Virginia in Richmond—or virtually. 

Fellows will receive access to both the University of Virginia’s library system and the archives available at the Library of Virginia to complete their projects. They will become part of a community of fellows working on innovative humanities topics in the public interest and will have the opportunity to share their ideas with other fellows working in related fields. They will also have the opportunity to participate in programs such as our With Good Reason radio show and podcast, Virginia Festival of the Book’s Shelf Life, and the Library of Virginia’s UncommonWealth blog. 

Preference will be given to projects that 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. 


  • March 13, 2023: Applications will open  
  • April 30, 2023: Application deadline  
  • June 2023: Decisions announced  
  • July 2023: Fellowships may begin as early as July 1, 2023.  
  • June 2024: Fellowship projects should conclude no later than June 30, 2024. 

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.