The Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello is pleased to announce a nine-month Fritz and Claudine Kundrun Open-Rank Fellowship for scholars working on Jefferson projects, to begin September 1, 2020.

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 three copies of the following: their résumé, a detailed description of the project (2000 words), and a prospective timetable for work to be undertaken during the fellowship.

Applications and three references should be addressed to the Fritz and Claudine Kundrun Open-Rank Fellowship Committee, International Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello, Post Office Box 316, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902, USA, and should be received by January 1, 2020.  Applications and references may also be emailed to Announcement of awards will be made no later than February 1, 2020.

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

Previous Recipients:

  • Elizabeth Dowling Taylor (2019-2020) is the New York Times bestselling author of A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons. She received her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, and over her twenty-two-year career in museum education and research has held the positions of Director of Interpretation at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and Director of Education at James Madison's Montpelier. She is now an independent scholar and lecturer and a fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities in Charlottesville. She is currently working on a biography of Margaret Bayard Smith. 
  • Frank Cogliano (2018-2019) is Professor of American History at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author, most recently, of Revolutionary America, 1763-1815: A Political History, 3rd ed (2017) and Emperor of Liberty: Thomas Jefferson's Foreign Policy (2014). Professor Cogliano's current project details the complicated relationship between Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.
  • Marie Frank (2017-2018) is an Associate Professor of Art and Architectural History at the University of Massachusetts - Lowell. She holds her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and has taught at the University of Massachusetts for the last fifteen years. 
  • Randi Lewis Flaherty (2016-2017) is a special collections librarian, working in the UVA Law Special Collections to promote and support research in the Library's archival, rare book and digital collections. She received her Ph.D. in history from UVA in 2014 with a focus on the politics and global geography of trade in the early American republic. She has served as a fellow in digital humanities at the UVA Law Library and the UVA Scholars' Lab. She is completing a book, Maritime Frontier: Early American Merchants and the Commercial Republic, 1760-1830.