The Washington Library is accepting applications for its annual research fellowship program. The deadline for the current (2022-2023) cycle is December 31, 2021.

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Research Topics

Fellowships are often awarded to support research focused on the life and leadership of George Washington and his place in the development of American civic life and culture.

We also welcome projects related to the broad themes and historical problems of colonial America, the Revolutionary era, and the early American republic. This includes research that helps us better understand the history of race, slavery, and abolition as well as the history of fine arts and material culture in the eighteenth century.

Projects related to national memory, philanthropy, and the history of historic preservation are also encouraged, as our resources include the archives of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association—the oldest national organization dedicated to historic preservation in the United States.


Successful applicants receive stipends and housing on the Library campus for up to six months.

Fellowships less than three months provide a stipend of $3,000 per month, three-month fellowships provide $10,000, and six-month fellowships provide $20,000.

All awards include onsite housing, as well as round-trip airfare or mileage reimbursement for one trip to and from Mount Vernon (up to $1,000). 


These funded research opportunities are available to:

  • Doctoral candidates
  • Recent Ph.D.s
  • Mid-career faculty
  • Advanced scholars and independent researchers with relevant topics

The program is open to U.S. citizens as well as international scholars.

Short-term (up to three months) and long-term (up to six months) applicants will be considered for the 2022–23 program.

Research may be conducted beginning in September 2022 and should be completed by August 2023.

Lunch and Fellowship

Lunch and Fellowship

Please join us for lunch and compelling discussion with a member of the current class of fellows, as they present their findings and their research at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.

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About the Facilities

About the Facilities

Learn more about the Washington Library, George Washington's Mount Vernon, and the DeVos House scholar's residence - all available as part of the fellows' award package.

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