Fellowships

2021 Call for Library Fellows

The John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History invites applications for short-term fellowships to conduct research on the U.S. Civil War era in the University of Virginia’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library for a period of up to one month in 2021. At least two fellowships will be awarded each year.

The collections of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library number more than 400,000 books, 15 million manuscripts, and thousands of maps, broadsides, photographs, audio and video recordings, and artifacts. It is nationally recognized for the richness of its holdings in American history, with significant strength in the era of the Civil War.

The Special Collections Library has recently acquired the John L. Nau III Civil War History Collection of more than 30,000 letters, 250 diaries, and 4,000 images related to the Civil War. The collection will be available for use by our 2021 fellows.

Covid-19 And Research at UVA

Due to coronavirus prevention restrictions in place at UVA, fellows will not be able to visit during the Spring 2021 semester and it is currently unclear when the library will re-open to off grounds patrons. Arranging dates to visit the Small Special Collections Library will thus be dependent on local conditions and UVA policies. The Nau Center will honor its fellowship awards into the future should fellows not be able to visit in 2021.

Awards

Fellowships carry a stipend of $500 per week and can be held for up to a month. Fellows are given access to the holdings of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library and other units of the UVA Library system; in addition, they may receive office space on the third floor of the Harrison Small Building, home of the Small Special Collections Library and the Nau Center. Fellows are responsible for arranging their own housing and parking. While we recommend staying at hotels or other accommodations within walking distance of UVA, temporary parking passes are available and summer housing at UVA is sometimes an option. Please contact the Office of Parking and Transportation and Conferences@UVA for more information.

Fellows will have opportunities to present their research to members of the UVA community.

Eligibility

Nau Center Fellowships are open to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who live beyond a 60-mile radius of Charlottesville, VA, and

  • hold the PhD or equivalent degree, or
  • are doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy, or
  • are independent scholars with a significant record of scholarly achievement.

Once awarded, fellowships cannot be extended or renewed.

To Apply

The application deadline for our 2021 fellowships is December 1, 2020. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by December 20.

Please include the following in your application:

  • a cover letter
  • a two-page, double-spaced description of your project, describing the research to be conducted at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, with specific reference to the collection materials that the applicant intends to consult and the proposed dates of residence
  • a current curriculum vitae

Submit all application materials in PDF form via email to the Nau Center at naucenter@virginia.edu. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications will be evaluated on the scholarly promise of the proposed research, the candidate’s qualifications for engaging in that research, and the relevance of the project to the holdings of the Small Special Collections Library.

Staff of the Small Special Collections Library can assist prospective applicants in identifying collection materials relevant for their research. Please submit requests via the Library’s online reference form.

Questions about Nau Center fellowships may be directed to Managing Director William Kurtz at wkurtz@virginia.edu.


Past Nau Center Library Fellows

2020

Mallory Szymanski, Professor, Alfred University

David Gerleman, Adjunct Professor, George Mason University

Chuck Welsko, Project Director, Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition, Kentucky Historical Society

Lisa Frank, Independent Scholar

Aaron Hall, Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University

Shane Makowicki, PhD Candidate, Texas A&M University

Tracy Barnett, PhD Candidate, University of Georgia

Evan Turiano, PhD Candidate, City University of New York

2019

Andrew S. Bledsoe, Professor, Lee University

David Silkenat, Professor, University of Edinburgh

Kelly Mezurek, Professor, Walsh University

Molly Mersmann, PhD Candidate, Purdue University

Robert Colby, PhD Candidate, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2018

Sarah Gardner, Professor, Mercer University

Dillon Carroll, Adjunct Professor, St. Francis College

Caroline Newhall, PhD Candidate, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill