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Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship 2018-2019

Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship 2018 – 2019

Deadline: November 1, 2017

The Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience invites applications for its full-time residential writing fellowship, which supports outstanding writing on American history and culture by both scholars and nonacademic authors. The C.V. Starr Center, located at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to fostering innovative approaches to the American past, and to promoting excellent writing on history, for general as well as academic audiences.

Applicants should have a significant book-length project currently in progress. The project should address the history and/or legacy – broadly defined – of the American Revolution and the nation’s founding ideas. It might focus on the founding era itself, or on the myriad ways the questions that preoccupied the nation’s founders have shaped America’s later history. Work that contributes to ongoing national conversations about America’s past and present, with the potential to reach a wide public, is particularly sought.


Fellowship includes the following:

  • a $45,000 stipend;
  • health benefits;
  • faculty privileges;
  • a book allowance;
  • and a nine-month residency (during the academic year 2018-2019) in historic Chestertown, Md.


  • Applications from published writers and established scholars are welcome;
  • Dissertation projects will not be considered; first book projects are likewise discouraged, unless the applicant has an otherwise extensive publication history;
  • Candidates who have completed the majority of their research and are focused on the writing phase of their projects are especially encouraged to apply.


Applications should include the following:

  • A cover letter;
  • The applicant’s curriculum vitae, including a list of past publications, as well as the names and telephone numbers of at least three references;
  • At least one substantial sample of the candidate’s writing (published or unpublished);
  • A short (1-2 paragraph) description of a course that the candidate might teach;
  • A brief but persuasive narrative description of the work-in-progress, its potential contributions to ongoing national conversations or debates, and the candidate’s plan for his or her fellowship year.

Applications may be submitted via email in a single pdf document to: applications_starrcenter@washcoll.edu

For more information, visit Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship.

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