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Virginia Humanities Public Humanities Fellowships

Our Public Humanities Fellowships help writers, independent scholars, community historians, and college and university faculty members share meaningful research, stories, and cultural expressions that are relevant to Virginia’s diverse communities and that connect audiences to wider regional, national, and global contexts.  If you’re engaged in the public humanities, and you’re interested in sharing your work with a wider audience, we’d love to hear from you.

Since 1974, we’ve awarded more than 400 fellowships for projects that help Virginians better understand the state, Virginia’s role in the world, and each other.

About Our Public Humanities Fellowships

All Public Humanities Fellows will receive a $15,000 stipend to support their projects. If desired, Fellows may complete their four-month fellowship in residence—at Virginia Humanities’ public humanities center in Charlottesville, or the Library of Virginia in Richmond—or virtually.

Fellows will receive access to both the University of Virginia’s library system and the archives available at the Library of Virginia to complete their projects. They will become part of a community of fellows working on innovative humanities topics in the public interest and will have the opportunity to share their ideas with other fellows working in related fields. They will also have the opportunity to participate in programs such as our With Good Reason radio show and podcast, Virginia Festival of the Book’s Shelf Life, and the Library of Virginia’s UncommonWealth blog.

Preference will be given to projects that engage the public in meaningful and creative ways and explore issues around public humanities topics related to subjects such as history, literature, religion, and community stories.


  • June 1, 2022: Application deadline
  • July 2022: Decisions announced
  • September 2022: Fellowships may begin as early as September 1, 2022.
  • June 2023: Fellowship projects should conclude no later than June 30, 2023.


  • Fellows must be eighteen years or older, reside in Virginia or be affiliated with a Virginia college or university, and be working on a project that is relevant to communities within Virginia.
  • Direct affiliation with a college or university is not required.
  • We’re especially interested in applicants with experience engaging large, diverse, public audiences.

Deliverables and Expectations

We encourage proposals that engage public audiences in creative, novel, and meaningful ways.

Fellows are required to dedicate a substantial amount of their time to their identified topic area throughout the fellowship and are advised to take a leave of absence from their primary places of work.

This fellowship has a public program requirement. At the conclusion of the four-month fellowship, developed research will be presented to a public audience in coordination with Virginia Humanities or the Library of Virginia.

The final fellowship project deliverable should result in something that a public audience can engage with, learn from, or experience, such as:

  • Websites/Digital Projects
  • Publicly accessible archives
  • Books
  • Scholarly journal articles
  • Exhibits
  • Podcasts
  • Oral Histories

How to Apply

Complete the Application Form, including:

  • Project Proposal
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Submit two letters of recommendation

Deadline: June 1, 2022

For this competitive fellowship, applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • new or unique contributions to the area or discipline
  • compelling way research will be shared with public
  • relevant to communities within Virginia
  • achievable in time proposed with a clear deliverable in mind

The Public Humanities Fellowship runs in tandem with two other new fellowships: our K-12 Fellowship and our HBCU Fellowship. The K-12 Fellowship supports Virginia’s educators, and the HBCU Fellowship supports scholars affiliated with Virginia’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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