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


  • Fellows must be eighteen years or older, reside in Virginia or be affiliated with a Virginia college or university, and be working on a project that is relevant to communities within Virginia.
  • Direct affiliation with a college or university is not required. 
  • We’re especially interested in applicants with experience engaging large, diverse, public audiences.  

Deliverables and Expectations 

We encourage proposals that engage public audiences in creative, novel, and meaningful ways.  

Fellows are required to dedicate a substantial amount of their time towards their identified topic area throughout the duration of the fellowship and are advised to take a leave of absence from their primary places of work.  

This fellowship has a public program requirement. At the conclusion of the four-month fellowship, developed research will be presented to a public audience in coordination with Virginia Humanities or the Library of Virginia. 

The final fellowship project deliverable should result in something that a public audience can engage with, learn from, or experience such as:  

  • Websites /Digital Projects 
  • Publicly accessible archives 
  • Books 
  • Scholarly journal articles 
  • Exhibits 
  • Podcasts 
  • Oral Histories