The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Research Fellowships 2017, USA

Publish Date: Mar 15, 2017

Deadline: May 15, 2017

About the fellowship 

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History offers annual short-term research fellowships in the amount of $3000 each to doctoral candidates, college and university faculty at every rank, and independent scholars working in the field of American history. These fellowships support scholars who intend to conduct research at archives in New York City. Since 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute has awarded a total of 623 fellowships.


  • Complete their research within a year of notification of the award
  • Visit the Gilder Lehrman Institute in New York City to meet the Fellowship Coordinator 
  • Submit a paragraph documenting the archival collections consulted during the fellowship


  • A project proposal (2–5 pages) including current contact information, a list of primary sources to be consulted, and an anticipated budget
  • A curriculum vitae (of any length)
  • Two letters of recommendation from established scholars


Applications must be postmarked or submitted via email by Monday, May 15, 2017. All applicants will be notified by Monday, June 12, 2017.


The Gilder Lehrman Scholarly Fellowship Program
49 West 45th Street, Sixth Floor
New York, New York 10036

Phone: (646) 366-9666, ext. 29
Fax: (646) 366-9669

Current Fellows

Dan Du
PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of Georgia
“This World in a Teacup: Chinese-American Tea Trade in the Nineteenth Century”

Lewis B. H. Eliot
PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of South Carolina
“Illegal Slavery in the Atlantic World, 1833–1867”

Craig Thompson Friend
Professor of History and Director of Public History, North Carolina State University
“Lunsford Lane: Betwixt Slavery and Freedom”

Sarah E. Gardner
Professor of History and Director, Center for Southern Studies, Mercer University
“Reading during Wartime”

Aaron Roy Hall
PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of California, Berkeley
“A Constitutional Sublime: Claiming the Founding in Antebellum America”

Jonathan Lande
PhD Candidate, Department of History, Brown University
“Disciplining Freedom: Union Army Slave Rebels and Emancipation in the Civil War Courts-Martial”

Andrew Porwancher
Assistant Professor of Constitutional Studies, University of Oklahoma
“The Jewish Founding Father: Alexander Hamilton’s Hidden Life”

James M. Shinn, Jr. 
PhD Candidate, Department of History, Yale University
“Republicans, Reconstruction, and the Origins of US Imperialism in the Caribbean, 1865–1878”

Clayton Vaughn-Roberson
PhD Candidate, Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University
“The Prism of Labor: The National Negro Congress and the Anti-Fascist Movement, 1930–1947”

Peter W. Walker
PhD Candidate, Department of History, Columbia University
“The Church Militant: The American Loyalist Clergy and the Making of the British Counterrevolution, 1763–92”

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