The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns and operates Thomas Jefferson’s historic home at Monticello, is pleased to announce a program of short-term residential fellowships and travel grants at its International Center for Jefferson Studies open to all scholars working on Jefferson projects.   Several of these fellowships are reserved for archaeologists whose work focuses on issues of slavery in the greater Chesapeake region, the Carolinas, and the Caribbean and whose work would benefit from the use of the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery.   For more information on the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery, please see  Foreign nationals are particularly encouraged to apply.

Short-term fellowships are awarded for periods of up to four months to doctoral candidates and postdoctoral scholars from any country.  Awards carry a stipend of $1,500 a month for United States and Canadian fellows plus pre-approved round-trip airfare, and $2,000 a months for overseas fellows plus airfare.  Residential accommodation may be available on a limited basis.  Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Center during the course of the fellowship, and no awards are made for work carried on elsewhere.  Fellows have access to Monticello’s expert staff and research holdings as well as to the extensive resources of the Alderman Library at the University of Virginia.  ICJS/DAACS fellows will be provided with workspace as well as access to computers and Archive staff.   Applicants should submit four copies of (1) a succinct description of the research project, including how Archive data will be used (500-words), and (2) a curriculum vitae.   In addition, please arrange for three references to be sent directly to the Center at the address below.

Deadline for Applications: April 1, 2024 and November 2024

There are two application cycles each year, with deadlines on April 1 and November 1. Applications and references should be addressed to the Fellowship Committee, International Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello, Post Office Box 316, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902, USA, Attention: Jillian Galle. Applications may also be emailed to:

Application questions should be addressed to Jillian Galle, Project Director, The Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery, 434-984-9873.

The fellowship and grants program is underwritten by endowments established for this purpose by the Batten Foundation and First Union National Bank of Virginia, and by a generous grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation.