The Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship 2017

Deadline: 1 November 2017
Open to: scholars, academic writers, amateur writers interested in the American Experience
Benefits: USD 45,000 stipend, health benefits, faculty privileges, a book allowance, and a nine-month residency


The Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience invites applications for its full-time residential writing fellowship, which supports outstanding writing on American history and culture by both scholars and nonacademic authors. The deadline for applications for the 2018-2019 Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship is November 1, 2017.

Support for the Starr Center Fellowships at Washington College comes from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Starr Foundation, the Hodson Trust, the Barksdale-Dabney-Patrick Henry Family Foundation, and other donors and friends. The Patrick Henry Fellowship is cosponsored by the Rose O’Neill Literary House.


Applications from published writers and established scholars are welcome.

Applicants should have a significant book-length project currently in progress. The project should address the history and/or legacy – broadly defined – of the American Revolution and the nation’s founding ideas. It might focus on the founding era itself, or on the myriad ways the questions that preoccupied the nation’s founders have shaped America’s later history. Work that contributes to ongoing national conversations about America’s past and present, with the potential to reach a wide public, is particularly sought.  We encourage a broad reading of such terms as “founders” and “founding ideas.”


The Center’s Patrick Henry Writing Fellowship includes a USD 45,000 stipend, health benefits, faculty privileges, a book allowance, and a nine-month residency (during the academic year 2018-2019) in historic Chestertown, Md.

How to apply?

Applications may be submitted via email in a single pdf document to:

Deadline for the 2018-2019 fellowship is November 1, 2017.

All email correspondence must include applicant’s full name in the subject line. 

Questions may be directed to Patrick Nugent, Starr Center Deputy Director at

For more information please visit the official website.

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