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Thomas Jefferson Foundation


Since 1995, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation has hosted over 220 scholars through a program of residential fellowships and travel grants at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies. Fellowships and grants are open to all scholars working on Jefferson projects and are awarded on a competitive basis. Foreign nationals are particularly encouraged to apply. Residential accommodation may be available on a limited basis.

  • Short-term Fellowships - These are awarded for periods of one, two, three or four months to doctoral candidates and postdoctoral scholars from any country working on Jefferson-related projects. At least one fellowship will be reserved for related research topics in African-American History and in archaeology for fellows using the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, where they will have access to Monticello's expert staff and research holdings at the Jefferson Library as well as those of the University of Virginia. During their residencies, fellows are expected to deliver an informal 45 minute talk on their projects. The short-term fellowship awards carry a stipend of $2,000 per month plus pre-approved travel costs for scholars from the United States and Canada. The International Fellowship awards include a stipend for $3,000 per month plus pre-approved travel costs. Residential accommodation may be available on a limited basis. Awards are made twice yearly; application deadlines are April 1 and November 1.
  • Travel Grants - Travel grants are available on a limited basis for scholars and teachers wishing to make short-term visits to Monticello to pursue research or educational projects related to Jefferson. Applicants should submit a succinct description of the research project (500 words), a one paragraph summary of the project, and a résumé. Two references should be sent directly to the Center at the address below. Awards are made twice yearly; application deadlines are April 1 and November 1.
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