Virginia Foundation Fellowship Program
The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities offers fellowships to scholars and writers in the humanities. We seek applications that are intellectually stimulating, imaginative, and accessible to the public. There are no restrictions on topic, and applications are invited from across the broad spectrum of the humanities.
The maximum fellowship stipend is $15,000 per semester. Fellowships are awarded for one semester or a full academic year. If you are selected to be a Fellow, you will have a private, sunny office a few miles from the University of Virginia. Virginia Foundation for the Humanities shares a scenic property with the Boar’s Head Inn. The property offers spacious lawns, shady spots, ample parking, and two ponds with resident ducks and geese.
Our non-residential Fellows are typically former fellows who are completing scholarly research and writing projects. Their affiliation with VFH may extend beyond their residential appointment or an association may be formed years after a Fellow’s first appointment as a VFH Fellow. Our non-residential fellows are appointed to a discrete term while they complete their projects. They are invited to participate in all VFH Fellowship programs and events.
Eligibility and Selection Process
Fellowships are open to faculty members in the humanities, independent scholars, and others working on projects in the humanities. Applicants need not have advanced degrees, but VFH generally does not support work toward a degree. Postdoctoral applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for projects other than dissertation revisions. Former VFH fellows must wait three years before applying for another residential fellowship.
VFH reserves the right to award or deny fellowships on the grounds of merit, relevance to VFH goals, and availability of funds or space.
A selection committee consisting of VFH administrators and outside evaluators will choose a list of finalists, who will be interviewed by telephone. Fellowship recipients must be approved by the VFH Board of Directors. Applicants will receive notice of their acceptance or rejection in March.