The American Revolution Institute of The Society of the Cincinnati Research Fellowships

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September 5, 2019 to November 4, 2019
District Of Columbia, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Military History


The American Revolution Institute of The Society of the Cincinnati is offering five research fellowships for 2020:


The Tyree-Lamb Fellowship, two Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati Fellowships, the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Maryland Fellowship, and the Keith Carr Fellowship (the latter two specifically for a scholar whose work is focused in the American colonial period, 1607-1775). Each fellowship provides $1,500 to support the cost of travel, housing, and per diem expenses for a scholar wishing to use the Institute’s library for a period of at least five days. The fellowships are open to graduate students and other scholars who are conducting research that may benefit from the library’s holdings.


The Institute’s library collections include contemporary books, manuscripts, maps, and works of art on paper which support the in-depth study of 18th-century naval and military history and the art of war in the age of the American Revolution. The library also houses books and archives related to the formation and history of the Society of the Cincinnati, as well as materials related to the life of Larz and Isabel Anderson, whose Gilded Age home now serves as a museum, and the headquarters of the Society.


Recipients will be required to fulfill their fellowship research in the library within a period of one year from the date of the award. Further, the recipient will be required to submit a two-to-three-page written report and summary of research findings, which may be published in the Society’s journal, Cincinnati Fourteen. In addition, the library requests a single copy of any subsequent publication (article, thesis, dissertation, or book) that may result.


The recipients of each of the five research fellowships will be chosen from a single round of applications.

Applicants should submit the following:


  • A curriculum vitae, including educational background, publications and professional experience
  • A brief outline of the research proposed (not to exceed 2 pages). Strong applications will cite specific holdings of the library.
  • (For current graduate students only) Two confidential letters of recommendation from faculty or colleagues familiar with the applicant and his or her research project. Note: If letters are to be mailed independently, please include the names of recommenders when submitting the application.


Applications for the 2020 fellowships must be received by November 4, 2019.

Applicants will be notified by January 10, 2020.


Applications should be directed to:


Ellen McCallister Clark, Library Director

The Society of the Cincinnati

2118 Massachusetts Ave, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20008


For further information about the collections, please visit the Institute’s website at

or contact Rachel Nellis, research services librarian at 202-785-2040, ext. 424;