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Short-term fellowships are awarded for periods of one, two, or three months to archaeologists (doctoral candidates and postdoctoral scholars) whose work focuses on issues of slavery in the greater Chesapeake region and whose work would benefit from the use of the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery. For more information on the archive, please see:

Fellowship awards carry a stipend of $2,500 per month (paid after the end of the fellowship) for Fellows whose primary residence at the time of the fellowship is in the United States or Canada. For scholars whose primary residence at the time of the fellowship is outside the United States or Canada the stipend is $3,000 per month (again, paid after the end of the fellowship). Fellows, international and domestic, are also eligible for funds to cover travel costs, pre-approved up to $2,000. (The travel costs are only approved to cover mileage if a fellow is driving or economy tickets for a train or plane; it does not cover the renting of a car while in Charlottesville. Any additional expenses (e.g., an overnight stop mid-drive) require specific permission to quality.) Housing for fellows is also available, based on scheduling, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Center during the course of their fellowship, and no awards are made for work carried on elsewhere. Fellows have access to Monticello’s expert staff and research holdings as well as the extensive resources of the Jefferson Library and libraries of the University of Virginia. ICJS-DAACS fellows are expected to consult with Monticello’s archaeologists and will be provided with workspace as well as access to computers and archive staff. At the end of their residencies, fellows are expected to deliver a 60-minute presentation on their research project, known as a “Fellow’s Forum”. 

Applicants should submit the following via online application: 

·      One-paragraph abstract summary of the overall research project

·      500-word succinct description of the research project, specifically addressing the materials to consult at Monticello and explaining why being in residence at the ICJS will assist the project

·      One-paragraph biography

·      CV/Resume

·      Two letters of recommendation, uploaded directly through the online application

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Application deadlines are April 1 and November 1. Fellowships are awarded for the following twelve months. For example, applicants accepted in April 2023 should be completed before May 2024.

Application questions should be addressed to Jillian Galle, Project Manager, the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery, 434-984-9873;