J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship in American History

Deadline extended to April 18, 2022

The J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship in American History is offered annually by the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress and the American Historical Association to support significant scholarly research in the collections of the Library of Congress by scholars at an early stage in their careers in history. The fellowship is named in honor of J. Franklin Jameson, a founder of the Association, longtime managing editor of the American Historical Review, formerly chief of the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress, and the first incumbent of the library’s chair of American history. It is designed to assist scholars early in their careers.


At the time of application, applicants must hold the PhD or equivalent and must have received this degree within the past seven years. The fellowship will not be awarded to complete a doctoral dissertation.

Research Project

The applicant’s project in American history must be one for which the general and special collections of the Library of Congress offer unique research support. Applicants should include a statement substantiating this relationship.


The fellowship will be awarded for two to three months to spend in full-time residence at the Library of Congress. Winners will be notified in June and can take residency at their discretion any time until August of the following year. Working space will be provided at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.

Other Requirements

Before the conclusion of the fellowship, the Jameson Fellow will summarize the results of his or her research at a professional gathering arranged by the American Historical Association and the Library of Congress. Jameson Fellows are not required to complete their projects during the tenure of the fellowship, nor need they necessarily publish their results as a discrete work.


The stipend of $5,000 is supported by the American Historical Association and the Library of Congress. It includes travel expenses, and is paid by the AHA during your period of residence. The fellowship income is classified as stipendiary; there are no provisions for paying fringe benefits or withholding taxes.


Selection will be by a committee of the American Historical Association, in consultation with designated officers of the Library of Congress, who will advise the committee on the strength of library holdings to sustain the research project. The AHA encourages nontenured faculty, public historians, independent scholars, and two-year faculty to apply.

To Apply

Log into your MY AHA account at historians.org/myaha and click “Available Application Forms” in the AHA Awards, Grants, and Jobs section. If you don't have an account, create one for free at historians.org/createaccount. Completed applications are due April 18.

  1. Fill in the application form.
  2. Upload an Application Packet as a single PDF. Include the following documents:
    • CV (no more than three to five typed pages in length)
    • Statement concerning the proposed project and its relationship to the Library of Congress holdings. This statement should include a tentative schedule for residence of the fellowship.
  3. Send email requests for three letters of recommendation written by individuals qualified to judge the project that address your fitness to undertake it.

For questions, please contact awards@historians.org.