The Filson's fellowships are designed to encourage research in all aspects of the history of Kentucky and the regions of the Ohio Valley and the Upper South. The Filson’s collections are especially strong for the frontier, antebellum, and Civil War eras of Kentucky history. The Filson's fellowships and internships are funded by a variety of sources in order to facilitate the scholarly use of our nationally significant collections by providing support for travel and lodging.
Applicants for fellowships should indicate how the Filson’s collections are relevant to their research topics. Fellows will have the opportunity to present the results of their research to scholars and the general public as appropriate. Internships are designed to provide practical experience in collections management and research for graduate students.
Application deadlines for fellowships and internships are October 15th and February 15th of each year (or the Monday following the 15th if it falls on a Saturday or Sunday). Applications are reviewed two times a year. Fellows and interns are expected to be in continuous residence at the Filson. The Filson anticipates that fellows will publish the results of their research in Ohio Valley History, a peer-reviewed journal published jointly by the Filson, the Cincinnati Museum Center, and the University of Cincinnati.
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Master's Thesis Fellowships
Eligibility: M.A. candidate at the thesis stage.
Tenure of Fellowship: One week.
Amount of Award: $500.
Full support of a single $500 award is available for a one-week fellowship period to encourage use of our research collections by M.A. students developing and researching thesis topics. Partial support is available for students residing in Kentucky who travel from outside the greater Louisville area.
Eligibility: Ph.D. or equivalent, or doctoral candidate at the dissertation stage.
Tenure of Fellowship: One week.
Amount of Award: $500
Full awards are $500 per week and may be awarded for up to two weeks. Awards must be used within eighteen months of their receipt. Partial support is available for scholars residing in Kentucky who travel from outside the greater Louisville area.
C. Ballard Breaux Visiting Fellowships
Eligibility: Ph.D. or equivalent.
Tenure of Fellowship: One month.
Amount of Award: $2,000.
Full support for post doctoral scholars living outside of Kentucky is available for a one-month residence. Partial support is available for scholars residing in Kentucky who travel from outside the greater Louisville area. Applicants for Breaux Visiting Fellowships are automatically considered for Filson Fellowships.
H. F. Boehl Summer Interns
Eligibility: Current enrollment in or recent completion of a graduate program in history, library science, archives, museum studies, or a related field.
Tenure of Internship: 100 hours to be completed in-house at the Filson
Amount of Award: $12.00/hour
Interns work with appropriate curatorial staff and faculty advisers in areas of collections management and research.
Filson Fellowship Awards recipients made possible in part by the Bullitt Homestead Preservation Trust and the Boehl Trust.
2019 Spring Filson Fellowship Awards Recipients
H. F. Boehl Summer Internship
Ms. Olivia Raymond, University of Louisville, Manuscript and Photograph Cataloging and Digitization
Mr. Peter J. DeCarlo, Research Historian, Minnesota Historical Society, “Trans-Mississippi Borderlands: George Rogers Clark and the Gallo-American Conspiracy, 1793-1794”
Mr. Steve Gallo, Ph.D. candidate, The University of Nottingham, “A Central Park of Their Own: Urban Parks and the New South Movement, 1865-1900”
Dr. Jeffrey Smith, Professor of History, Lindenwood University, “Cemeteries and Collective Memory in the Ohio Valley”
Ms. Laura Smith, Ph. D. Candidate, University of Arkansas, “Southern Doctors from Southern Communities: Medical Education and Professionalization in the Nineteenth-Century South”
Ms. Cassandra Jane Werking, Ph. D. Candidate, University of Kentucky, “Is My North Star also Your North Star? How Borderland Between Canada and the United States Shaped the American Civil War”
Dr. Emily West, Professor of American History, University of Reading, “Food, Power, and Resistance in U.S. Slavery”
2018 Fall Filson Fellowship Awards Recipients
Ms. Cecily N. Zander, Doctoral Candidate, Penn State University, "“Agents of Empire: The U.S. Army, Native Americans, and the Civil War in the Making of the American West”"
C. Ballard Breaux Fellowship
Dr. Daniel J. Burge, Adjunct Professor at University of Alabama, "A Struggle against Fate: The Opponents of Manifest Destiny and the Collapse of the Continental Dream, 1848-1871"
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