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Google Map of Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies FellowsThe ICJS fellowship program for domestic and international scholars promotes research of Jefferson’s life and times and the community at Monticello.  Since its founding, the ICJS has hosted over 400 domestic and international scholars from the U.S. and 25 countries around the world, including Pulitzer-Prize winning historians Alan Taylor and Jack Rakove.  The Center offers short-term fellowships that allow researchers and teachers to consult with Monticello scholars and librarians and to utilize the resources of the Jefferson Library and the University of Virginia libraries. Residential accommodation may be available on a limited basis. Jefferson-related projects using the Digital Archeological Archive of Comparative Slavery or Getting Word are encouraged.

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation currently has five fellowship and grant programs available:

A list of recent ICJS and Barringer Fellows is available.

Short-term fellowships are underwritten by endowments established for this purpose by the Batten Foundation and Wachovia Corporation (formerly First Union National Bank of Virginia).


Christopher W Law RIBA's picture
I am a Palladio scholar and RIBA Architect from London England. I am visiting Monticello and UVA from Sunday 4th May to Tuesday 6th May 2014. Can i view Jefferson's copies of Palladio's I Quattro Libri del Architettura? (Four Books of Architecture)
Chris Law RIBA
LKeller's picture
Is there any kind of research funding available for master's students?
Kate Macdonald's picture
Dear Laura, master's students are welcome to apply for our short term fellowships. Short-term fellowships are awarded for one or more months and are open to all academics, subject to selection by committee. Successful applicants may be from any country. Application information can be found at
Kate Macdonald
mbowyer's picture
Monticello has a rich and diverse program for fellows and scholars at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies. Many who visit Monticello might not know about the ICJS, as it is not located on the Monticello mountaintop. For those who are interested in fellowships, this page provides links to more information on the fellowships, as well as contact information. And the fellowships are not just for scholars -- there is a fellowship for current history teachers.
Melanie Bowyer
ejohnson's picture
ICJS fellowships are another way that we make sure scholarship continues to be a living, breathing thing at Monticello. It's a real treat when we learn about the research projects of our incoming fellows--they can range from the most focused, practical point of research to sweeping, big picture analyses of Jeffersonian thought. The mix of personalities is fascinating; sometimes all the fellows are quiet and other times they are much more social. We never know quite what we're going to get until they're here, which is half the fun. The other half is helping them with their research.
Eric Johnson


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