The Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello is pleased to offer a nine-month Fritz and Claudine Kundrun Open-Rank Fellowship for scholars working on Jefferson projects, to begin September 1, 2024.

Fellows will devote their time to research and writing on topics directly related to Thomas Jefferson, his times, and legacy.  The award is intended to support revision of a book manuscript.  He or she will be provided with an office, and will be invited to participate in conferences, seminars, and other scholarly activities organized by the ICJS including a special workshop with renowned scholars to help the fellow revise his or her manuscript for publication. The fellowship carries a stipend of $50,000 for nine consecutive months, tenable from September to May. Housing and travel reimbursements are not included.

The principal criterion for selection is the submission of a proposal for a book-length manuscript that will make a significant contribution to Jefferson scholarship. 

Applicants should submit the following:

  • CV/Résumé
  • Detailed description of the project (2000 words)
  • Prospective timetable for work to be undertaken during the fellowship
  • Two letters of recommendation

Applications and recommendations should be submitted directly via an online application. Materials must be received by February 1, 2024. Announcement of awards will be made no later than March 15, 2024.

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If you have questions, please reach out to Caitlin Lawrence, Scholarly Programs Coordinator, at 

The fellowship is made possible by a generous gift by Fritz and Claudine Kundrun. 

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