William L. Clements Library

The Clements Library Research Fellowships

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, 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 2018:

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 completed Ph.D. or equivalent qualifications at time of application. Applications must be received by January 15 for research to be undertaken in that calendar year.

Norton Strange Townshend Fellowship – Named for physician and educator Norton Strange Townshend (1815-1895), this fellowship offers $10,000 in support of scholarly research on diversity, equity and inclusion in American history during the nineteenth century. Successful applicants are expected to spend a minimum of two months at the Clements. This is a post-doctoral fellowship that requires a completed Ph.D. or equivalent qualifications at the time of application. Applications must be received by January 15 for research to be undertaken in that calendar year.

Earhart Fellowships on American History – Earhart Fellowships offer $10,000 for scholarly research on any aspect of American history prior to 1901. Successful applicants are expected to spend a minimum of two months at the Clements. This is a post-doctoral fellowship that requires a completed Ph.D. or equivalent qualifications at the time of application. Applications must be received by January 15 for residence in that calendar year.

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 at time of application. 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 2017:

Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Howard H. Peckham Fellowship on Revolutionary America:

Kokomoor, Kevin. "Stories of Law and Justice on a Southern Frontier."

Kulikoff, Allan. "Violence, Wartime Devastation, and the Origins of the American Republic."

Earhart Foundation Fellowship on American History:

Valmori, Niccolo. "Trade, Finance, and Politics in the Atlantic World During the Age of Revolution, 1763-

Norton Strange Townshend Fellowship on American Diversity History:

Carmody, Todd. "In Spite of Handicaps: Uplift and Rehabilitation in Postbellum America."

Jacob M. Price Visiting Research Fellowships

Bell-Romero, Nicolas. "The Creation of Loyalism in Revolutionary Virginia, 1768-89."

Herdeck, Margaret L. "Befriending Catholics, Risking Empire: The Quebec Act of 1774."

Keiter, Lindsay. "Uniting Interests: Love, Money, and the Law in American Marriage, 1750-1860."

LaFay, Elaine. "Atmospheric Bodies: Medicine, Meteorology, and the Cultivation of Place in the Antebellum Gulf South."

Layton, Brandon. "Children of Two Fires: Childhood, Diplomacy, and Change Among the Choctaws and Chickasaws."

Mortimer, Loren Michael. "'While the Mountains Remain and the Rivers Run': Indigenous Power and Presence in the St. Lawrence Borderlands, 1608-1820."

Pellizzari, Peter R. "Empire Reformed: Massachusetts, Jamaica, and the Remaking of the British Empire, 1763-1775."

Robles, Whitney Barlow. "Curious Species: The Animals Who Made Natural History, 1700-1820."

Sammons, Franklin. "The Long Life of Yazoo: Land, Finance, and the Political Economy of Dispossession, 1789-1840."

Zonderman, Andrew. "Embracing Empire: Eighteenth-Century German Migrants and the Development of the British Imperial System."