American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati – 2024 Research Fellowships

The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati offers several research fellowships each year. The fellowships provide $2,000-$2,500 to support the cost of travel, housing and per diem expenses for a scholar wishing to use the Institute’s library for a period of at least five days. The fellowships are open to graduate students and advanced scholars who are conducting research that may benefit from the library’s holdings.

The Institute’s library collections include contemporary books, manuscripts, maps and works of art on paper which support the in-depth study of 18th-century naval and military history and the art of war in the age of the American Revolution. The library also houses books and archives related to the formation and history of the Society of the Cincinnati.

The collection features resources on the American Colonial period as well. A new fellowship, funded by the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Maryland, offers $2,500 to support research on the history of Maryland and the Chesapeake region during the period 1607-1775. Additionally, the Keith Armistead Carr Fellowship supports scholarship that bridges the Colonial and Revolutionary periods.

Recipients will be required to fulfill their fellowship research in the library within a period of one year from the date of the award. Further, the recipient will be required to submit a two-to-three-page written report and summary of research findings. In addition, the library requests a single copy of any subsequent publication (article, thesis, dissertation, or book) that may result.

The recipients for each of the fellowships will be chosen from a single round of applications.

Applicants should submit the following:

  • A curriculum vitae, including educational background, publications and professional experience.
  • A brief outline of the research proposed (not to exceed two pages) with the applicant’s name at the top. Strong applications will cite specific holdings of the library.
  • (For current graduate students only) Two confidential letters of recommendation from faculty or colleagues familiar with the applicant and their research project.
    • Note: If letters are to be mailed independently, please include the names of the recommenders when submitting the application.

Applications for the 2024 fellowships must be received by November 3, 2023. Applicants will be notified by January 12, 2024.

Applications may be directed by email, with the subject line “Library Fellowship 2024,” or regular mail to:

Library Fellowship Selection Subcommittee
The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati
2118 Massachusetts Ave, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008

For further information about the collections, please visit the Institute’s website at or contact Rachel Nellis, Research Services Librarian at

Contact Information

Rachel Nellis, Research Services Librarian, 202-785-2040, ext. 424

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15 September 2023

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