William L. Clements Library

The Clements Library Research Fellowships

Please note: The Clements Library renovation project starts July 2013, during which time the Library will relocate staff and collections. For more information, see the Renovation Project Update page.

The Clements Library research fellowships exist to help scholars gain access to the Library’s rich array of primary sources on early American history. On almost any aspect of the American experience from 1492 through 1900, the Clements holdings—books, manuscripts, pamphlets, maps, prints and views, newspapers, photographs, ephemera—are among the best in the world. Since the Library’s opening in 1923, historians have published more than 600 noteworthy books based on the Clements collections. The potential for rewarding research at the Clements—on military history, gender and ethnicity, religion, the American Revolution, culinary history, Native Americans, politics and government, slavery and antislavery, the Civil War, travel and exploration—is remarkably strong. For any serious student of America’s early heritage, the Clements Library is an attractive destination indeed.

The Clements Library offers research fellowships in the following categories for calendar year 2015:

Jacob M. Price Visiting Research Fellowships – Price Fellowships offer support for short-term research at the Clements Library by graduate students and junior faculty on any topic of American history that is supported by the collections. Grants are for $1,000 and require a minimum visit of one week. Applications must be received by January 15 for research to be undertaken in that calendar year.

Howard H. Peckham Fellowship on Revolutionary America – Established in honor of the Library’s second Director, the Peckham Fellowship supports research on American history between 1764 and 1783. The fellowship provides $10,000 for a project involving a residence of two months or more at the Library. This is a post-doctoral fellowship requiring a Ph.D. or equivalent qualifications. Applications must be received by January 15 for research to be undertaken in that calendar year.

Upton Foundation Fellowships on American History – The Upton Foundation Fellowships support scholarly research on American history prior to 1900. Upton Fellowships provide a monthly stipend of $4,000 for one to five months’ residence at the Library. These are post-doctoral fellowships requiring a Ph.D. or equivalent qualifications. Applications must be received by January 15 for research to be undertaken in that calendar year.

Earhart Foundation Fellowships on American History – Earhart Foundation Fellowships offer a monthly stipend of $4,000 for one to five months’ residence for scholarly research on any aspect of American history prior to 1900, with an expectation of a residence of two months or more at the Clements. These are a post-doctoral fellowships requiring a completed Ph.D. or equivalent qualifications.

** PLEASE NOTE: The Earhart Fellowship will not be offered for 2015. HOWEVER, a limited number of Earhart Fellowships are offered to candidates who can complete their research at the Clements Library by May 31, 2015. Applications for these fellowships must be received by January 1, 2015. Successful applicants will be notified by January 15.

Reese Fellowship in the Print Culture of the Americas – Funded by the William Reese Company, this fellowship encourages research in the history of the book and other print formats, bibliography, and other aspects of print culture in America, including publishing and marketing, from the sixteenth century to 1900. Projects may investigate any printed genre (e.g. books, prints, newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, published photographs, broadsides, maps, etc.). Support for work in manuscript collections will be limited to projects related to printed materials (e.g. annotations in books, publishers’ business archives, etc.). The Reese Fellowship provides $5,000 to support one month of in-residence study in the Clements Library collections. This is a post-doctoral fellowship requiring a completed Ph.D. or equivalent qualifications. Applications must be received by January 15 for research to be undertaken in that calendar year.

All applications must include the following items:

  • Application form (pdf)
  • Curriculum vitae of no more than six pages
  • Brief, two-page summary of the project, including the current status of your research. Please identify what Clements Library material you wish to consult
  • Two letters of recommendation, to be sent directly to the Clements Library, from individuals who are familiar with your scholarly work

Applications may be submitted by surface mail or via email as one attachment. Please do not include images within the attachment.
Please send completed hard-copy application materials to:

Research Fellowships
Clements Library
University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1190

For further information contact: clements-fellowships@umich.edu or call 734-764-2347.

Fellowships awarded for 2014:

Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Howard H. Peckham Fellowship on Revolutionary America:

Dr. John Grenier, independent scholar from Colorado: “Robert Rogers: American Servant of the British Crown.”

Earhart Foundation Fellowships:

Dr. Aaron Graham, University of Oxford: “The Imperial State: Fiscal-Military State Formation in the Atlantic World, 1754-1783.”

Prof. April R. Haynes, University of Oregon: “Riotous Flesh: Gender, Race, and the Solitary Vice.”

Upton Foundation Fellowships:

Dr. Sarah Keyes, Stanford University: “Reckoning Ground: The Overland Trail and America’s National Narrative, 1824-1915.”

Dr. Jarret Ruminski, University of Calgary: “To Ply Their Nefarious Calling: Violent Crime in the American Civil War.”

Prof. Wil Verhoeven, University of Groningen (The Netherlands): “Enemies of the State: Sedition and Resistance in the Trans-Allegheny West, 1776-1806.”

Reese Fellowship in the Print Culture of the Americas:

Prof. Shannon E. Martin, Indiana University: “Social Media and Participatory Democracy in the 21st Century: Public Notice and the World-Wide Web.”

Jacob M. Price Visiting Research Fellowships

L. Bao Bui, University of Illinois: “‘I Feel Impelled to Write’: Social Networking and the Culture of Letter Writing During the Civil War.”

Christian Burset, Yale University: “The Development of Legal Pluralism in the Eighteenth-Century British Empire.”

Erin R. Corrales Diaz, University of North Carolina: “Remembering the Veteran: Disability, Trauma, and the American Civil War, 1861-1915.”

Rachel B. Herrmann, University of Texas at Austin: “‘No Useless Mouth’: Food Diplomacy, Victual Warfare, and the Revolutionary Atlantic.”

Joshua A. Lynn, University of North Carolina: “Conservative Democracy: The Principles and Practices of the National Democratic Party Before the Civil War.”

Caleb J.D. Maskell, Princeton University: “The Kingdom of God and the Transformation of American Religious Imagination, 1830-1877.”

Prof. Kristopher Ray, Austin Peay State University: “Cherokees and Trans-Appalachian Empire in the British Imagination, 1670-1763.”

Alyssa Z. Reichardt, Yale University: “A New War: French, British, and Iroquois Imperial Communication Networks and the Contest for the Ohio Valley, 1737-1768.”

Prof. Elena Andrea Schneider, College of William & Mary: “The Struggle for Cuba: Slavery, War, and Empire in the Eighteenth Century.”

Samantha Seeley, New York University: “Freedom, Race, and Forced Migration in the Early American Republic.”

Fellowships awarded for 2012:

Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Howard H. Peckham Fellowship on Revolutionary America:

Prof. Ruma Chopra, San Jose State University: “Imperial Governance After the American Revolution: The Logic of British Rule in Canada, in the Caribbean and in India.”

Earhart Foundation Fellowships:

Prof. Ian Finseth, University of North Texas: “Born in Flame: Civil War Mortality and the Making of Modern America.”

Dr. Matthew P. Dziennik, The New School University: “Our Sovereign Lord the Mob: Committee and Community in Revolutionary America.”

Prof. Mary Stockwell, Lourdes University: “Confessions of a Mad General: The Life and Times of Anthony Wayne.”

Prof. Gregory D. Smithers, Virginia Commonwealth University: “The Cherokee Diaspora: A History of  Indigenous Identity.”

Upton Foundation Fellowships:

Prof. Brooke N. Newman, Virginia Commonwealth University: “Island Masters: Gender, Race, and Power in the Eighteenth-Century British Caribbean.”

Dr. Teagan Schweitzer, University of Pennsylvania: “Defining American Cuisine: An Exploration of American Identity Through Examination of Early American Foodways.”

Earhart Foundation Fellowships on American History:

Dr. Karen Marrero, Independent Scholar: “Making New Nations: Natives, Métis, and Euro-Americans and the Reconfiguration of the Midwest in the Nineteenth Century.”

Reese Fellowship in the Print Culture of the Americas:

Dr. Uriel Heyd, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: “The Culture of Newspaper Reading in the British Atlantic.”

Jacob M. Price Visiting Research Fellowships

Stephanie Bergman, The College of William and Mary: “The Colonial Landscape of Material Improvement: An Archaeological and Historic Study of St. Nicholas Abbey Sugar Plantation, Barbados, WI.”

Michael Leonard Cox, University of California, Riverside: “Wyandot Communities and the War of 1812.”

Christine Alice Croxall, University of Delaware: “Holy Waters: Lived Religion, Identity and Loyalty Along the Mississippi River, 1780-1830.”

Dr. Huw J. Davies, King’s College, London: “Institutional Memory in the British Army, 1781-1815: Military Lessons from the British Strategic Defeat in the American Revolutionary War.”

Prof. Jonathan Den Hartog, Northwestern College: “Transatlantic Anti-Jacobinism.”

Vincent Denis, University of Paris, Sorbonne: “A British Commissioner in Paris: The Letters of William Mildmay (1750-1755).”

Prof. James J. Gigantino, University of Arkansas: “Freedom and Slavery in the Garden of America: African Americans and Abolition in New Jersey, 1775-1861.”

Dr. Lawence B. A. Hatter, University of Nevada: “A People in Between: The Laurentine Trade and the Making of an American State, 1763-1825.”

Donald F. Johnson, Northwestern University: “Occupied America: Politics and Society in Revolutionary Cities Under British Rule, 1774-1783.”

Jacob F. Lee, University of California, Davis: “Imaginary Empires: Natives, Newcomers, and Networks in the Illinois Country, 1550-1840.”

Paul Lee, Texas A&M University: “Soldiers in the Southeast: British Troops, Colonists, Indians, and Slaves in Southeastern North America, 1756-1763.”

Christopher R. Pearl, Binghamton University: “For the Good Order of Government: The America Revolution and the Creation of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1740-1790.”

Bryan Rosenblithe, Columbia University: “Where Tyranny Begins: British Imperial Expansion and the Origins of the American Revolution, 1759-1766.”

Simon Andre Thode, The Johns Hopkins University: “The Observational Sciences and Their Use in the Development of the Early United States, 1770-1820.”

Matthew Wyman-McCarthy, McGill University: “Empire After America: The American Revolution and the Origins of British Abolitionism, c. 1775-1793.”