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The Washington Library is accepting applications for its 2024-2025 research fellowship program until December 31, 2023.

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Submit a Fellows Recommendation

Fellows will be notified of their award status by February 28, 2024. The fellowship runs the academic year of 2024-2025, September 2024-August 2025.

2024-2025 Fellowship

Funded Research Opportunities

Spend 1, 3, or 6 months as a research fellow at the George Washington Library, located at George Washington’s Mount Vernon in Virginia. We are roughly 15 miles south of Washington, D.C.


Funded research opportunities are available to people researching the early American period, including:

  • academics
  • public historians
  • independent scholars
  • curators 
  • material culture / decorative arts professionals
  • preservationists
  • graduate students

The program is open to U.S. citizens and international applicants.

Award recipients receive housing, stipends, and travel reimbursement (see below for details).

Research Collections

The research collections hold materials related to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Before applying it is highly encouraged to take time to look through the catalogs to see if there are specific materials here that will help supplement your research at the Washington Library. The catalogs are all accessible online. Click here to browse.

Housing & Stipends

Fellows receive housing on the Library campus for the duration of their fellowship. Fellows are welcome to split up their time into multiple periods of stay.*


  • $3,000 - one-month fellowships
  • $10,000 - three-month fellowships
  • $20,000 - six-month fellowships

Round-trip airfare or mileage reimbursement is provided for one trip to and from Mount Vernon (up to $1,000).

*For one month fellowships, we ask that if the period needs to be split up, it will be in two week sections.

About the Facilities

As part of the award package, fellows have access to the resources housed in the Washington Library and the support of specially-trained staff.

Fellows will reside in a shared residence, The Richard and Helen DeVos House, located on the grounds of the library.

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