Fellowships

National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowships at LancasterHistory.org

Logo for the National Endowment for the Humanities.

LancasterHistory.org is home to a rich and diverse collection with research resources that focus on nearly 300 years of life, culture, and history in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Thanks to the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, we are pleased to offer three research fellowship programs targeting scholars, educators, and community institutions. The collections at LancasterHistory.org’s Campus of History will aid those pursing the study of virtually all aspects of America’s past as they endeavor to contribute to broader understandings of significant themes and events in American history.

Fellowship Opportunities

Community Organization Fellowships

Three $500 NEH fellowships will be offered annually to applicants from area community-impact agencies striving to use local history as a platform for discussing topics of importance in contemporary life. Staff working in a Lancaster County-based institution may apply for a fellowship to enable planning and execution of programs that apply Lancaster County's history and principles of religious tolerance, civil rights, social diversity, and the democratic process to 21st century life.

To Begin Research or Work for Spring/Summer 2018

Deadline: December 31, 2017 *Your application must be received by this date.*

Decision: January 31, 2018

Funds must be used within 12 months of the award notification.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

An application should have the following elements when submitted in order to be considered for a fellowship:

  • A detailed description of the programming you envision. No more than 4-6 pages
  • Two letters of support from your institutional director, board chair, or relevant colleague.
  • Current resume

Proposed projects should be designed to shed light on the history of the organization itself or the community it serves. Fellowship recipients will be asked to conduct a public presentation sharing both their research and the methodology of their work for Campus of History audiences as well as members of their own organizations.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to search the online finding aids for archives, library, objects, and photograph collections and contact the appropriate LancasterHistory.org staff (see staff directory on our website) with questions about the relevance of the collections to their proposed topic before applying.

CLICK TO APPLY

Educational/Curriculum Fellowships

Curriculum fellowships are available to Lancaster County educators to help better incorporate local history and primary resources into classroom activities to engage students in a mastery of how local and national history are intertwined. Humanities-based educators Lancaster County schools will be eligible to apply for a curriculum fellowship, including teachers at the primary and secondary education levels, as well as full-time faculty at Lancaster County accredited universities and colleges. These fellowships require research utilizing the resources of LancasterHistory.org.

To Begin Research or Work for Spring/Summer 2018:

Deadline: December 31, 2017 *Your application must be received by this date.*

Decision: January 31, 2018

A total pool of 10 $500 week-long fellowships are available; apply for up to 4 weeks of support. Funds must be used within 12 months of the award notification.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

An application should have the following elements when submitted in order to be considered for a fellowship:

  • A detailed description of the programmatic vision along with evidence of an innovative approach to incorporating the humanities into classroom teaching. No more than 4-6 pages.
  • Two letters of support from your school administrators or department chair
  • Current resume

Candidates are strongly encouraged to search the online finding aids for archives, library, objects, and photograph collections and contact the appropriate LancasterHistory.org staff (see staff directory on our website) with questions about the relevance of the collections to their proposed topic before applying.

CLICK TO APPLY

Pre- and Post-Dissertation Fellowships

LancasterHistory.org will make available several short-term research fellowships for scholars utilizing the collections during the academic year. Our extensive archival, library, and object collections are capable of supporting research in a variety of fields and disciplines relating to the history of Lancaster County, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and America from the late 17th century to the present.

To Begin Research or Work for Spring/Summer 2018:

Deadline: December 31, 2017 *Your application must be received by this date.*

Decision: January 31, 2018

A total pool of 10 $500 week-long fellowships are available; apply for up to 4 weeks of support. Funds must be used within 12 months of the award notification.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

An application should have the following elements when submitted in order to be considered for a fellowship:

  • 1-2 page description of the research to be undertaken and how LancasterHistory.org collections will support your/ones research. Please reference pertienent collection materials in your project description.
  • A brief writing sample or exerpt of recent work. No more than 20 pages.
  • Current resume
  • Two letters of recommendation

Candidates are strongly encouraged to search the online finding aids for archives, library, objects, and photograph collections and contact the appropriate LancasterHistory.org staff (see staff directory on our website) with questions about the relevance of the collections to their proposed topic before applying.

CLICK TO APPLY

Research Resources

Archives

The LancasterHistory.org archives are rich with manuscript items pertaining to President James Buchanan and his extended family; Thaddeus Stevens; business and political history; eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth-century social history; local theatres; social organizations; the Civil War; and World War II. Among these records are diaries, correspondence, account and minute books, scrapbooks, and ephemera. Local department stores, Armstrong World Industries, the Fulton Theatre, early fire companies, Hubley Manufacturing Company, Dance of the Month Club, and United Steel Workers Union Local 285 are just a few of the businesses and organizations represented. Lancaster City and County historic records include civil and criminal cases, probate and estate papers, and tax assessments. Nearly 2 million documents record over 300 years of life in one of the oldest inland communities in America.

Research Library

The 16,000-volume library includes an extensive collection of materials on Lancaster County topics, the history of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania German history, religion, and the decorative arts. The map collections include warrant maps for Lancaster County, Lancaster City and County maps, fire insurance maps, and county landowners' atlases. The extensive church records collection includes historic Lancaster city churches as well as church records from around the county, some in database format. A complete run of the Lancaster Intelligencer newspaper, most of the Lancaster New Era, the New Holland Clarion, the Columbia Spy, and other community newspapers are all available onsite. Further, the 1,040-volume Colonial and Early Federal Era Law Library of Lancaster Attorney Jasper Yeates is a remarkable resources for students of legal history. All collections are cataloged in our online catalog.

Object Collections

LancasterHistory.org's collection of three-dimensional objects holds a wealth of resources for humanities scholarship. Strengths of the collection include the Heritage Center Collection---a decorative arts collection that demonstrates the intertwined cultural groups within the region; the Esprit Quilt Collection of 82 pre-WWII Lancaster Amish-made quilts; over 100 portraits by Lancaster's well-known artists, Jacob Eichholtz, John Henry Brown, and Arthur Armstrong; collections related to the tenuous years surrounding the American Civil War (with particular emphasis on the lives and careers of President James Buchanan and Congressman Thaddeus Stevens); and collections related to the life and career of turn-of-the-century artist and poet, Lloyd Mifflin. The collections include a strong focus on the countless stories that have connected Lancaster County's history with that of the state and the nation from its European settlement to the 21st century.

We encourage potential applicants to contact LancasterHistory.org staff with any questions about how the collections could fit with their research goals. Applicants can also search the collections more in-depth through the library catalog and collections database.

Apply

CLICK TO APPLY

Click the button above to complete the fellowship application online. If you have any questions about the fellowships, application, or are unable to complete and submit all application materials through the webform, please contact Emily Miller.


Thank you to the National Endowment for the Humanities for their support!

Logo for the National Endowment for the Humanities.