Fellowship Application Procedures

Fellowship Application Procedures

Application deadlines for all fellowships are February 15th and October 15th each year (or the Monday following the 15th if it falls on a Saturday or Sunday). A committee of internal and external reviewers will consider each cycle of applications and awards will be made based on their rankings. Criteria considered include:

  • New historiographical perspectives provided by the proposed project
  • Relevance of Filson collections
  • Relevance of the project to the public mission of the Filson
  • Expected quality of the proposed publications, exhibits, or other products
  • Capacity of the applicant to conduct the work proposed

Applications consisting of the following items should be emailed to gro.l1618533357aciro1618533357tsihn1618533357oslif1618533357@spih1618533357swoll1618533357ef1618533357 or mailed to:

Committee on Fellowships
The Filson Historical Society
1310 South Third Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40208

  1. Cover sheet with the following information:
    • Name, mailing address, email address
    • Present rank and institution name
    • Project Title
    • Name of the fellowship for which you are applying
    • History of financial aid received during the last five years
  2. A description of your research project (no longer than two single-spaced pages) specifying the research collections you plan to consult at the Filson and your progress to date.
  3. A Curriculum Vitae
  4. Two letters of recommendation from colleagues familiar with your work. In the case of MA and PhD candidates, the recommendations should include the professor directing your research. Applicants are responsible for contacting all persons providing recommendations.

Direct questions relating to the Filson’s collections and holdings to gro.l1618533357aciro1618533357tsihn1618533357oslif1618533357@hcra1618533357eser1618533357. Direct general application questions to gro.l1618533357aciro1618533357tsihn1618533357oslif1618533357@spih1618533357swoll1618533357ef1618533357.

Venue Rental

Spaces Available for Rent Beginning 2022

The Filson Historical Society is a unique venue that blends the historic with the modern and provides a stunning background for any event. Several areas of the campus are available to be rented for dinners, retreats, meetings, receptions, parties, or weddings. The venues have access to 74 free parking spaces and wifi, as well as small catering areas. All of the Filson’s facilities have accessible parking.

View a virtual tour of our spaces!

Visit the Filson

1310 S. 3rd St., Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 635-5083

The Filson is temporarily closed to the public to protect our staff, volunteers, and patrons during the coronavirus pandemic. All events are currently being held virtually; to register for our live virtual events, please visit our Events Page; for information on recorded lectures and other activities, please visit us online at Bringing History Home.

We continue to provide remote research services; please email gro.l1618533357aciro1618533357tsihn1618533357oslif1618533357@hcra1618533357eser1618533357.


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