Filson Fellowships | Louisville, Kentucky

The Filson Historical Society'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. 

Awards range from $500 for a single week of research to the one-month $2,000 C. Ballard Breaux Visiting Fellowship for holders of Ph.D. or its equivalent.

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.