Meet the Fellows
VFH is pleased to have ten scholars in residence for the 2018 spring semester—eight in Charlottesville at VFH and two in Richmond at the Library of Virginia. They are working on a diverse collection of projects ranging from Virginia’s eugenics practices, and Mary Lumpkin’s life in Richmond to the history of ballad collectors in the Appalachian mountains, and changing cemetery rituals in the Shenandoah Valley.
About Residential Fellowships
Stipends and Sessions
The maximum fellowship stipend is $15,000 per semester. Fellowships are awarded for one semester or a full academic year.
If you are selected to be a fellow you will have a private, sunny office a few miles from the University of Virginia. VFH shares a scenic property with the Boar’s Head Inn. The property offers spacious lawns, two ponds, and ample, free parking. We have also recently developed a partnership with the Library of Virginia in Richmond that allows two fellows each year to work in Richmond, in close conjunction with the archivists and collections of the Library.
VFH offices are also home to a dozen humanities programs serving VFH’s mission to connect people and ideas to explore the human experience. If selected as a fellow you will have the opportunity to meet our friendly staff and engage in our other programming, possibly as a participant or moderator at our annual Virginia Festival of the Book, or as a guest on VFH’s With Good Reason radio program.
University of Virginia Faculty Status
Fellows have visiting faculty status at the University of Virginia. This includes access to:
- All University of Virginia libraries
- On-site library delivery
- Departmental and University lecture series, symposia, concerts, and exhibitions
- University faculty housing
- University recreational facilities, including the Aquatic and Fitness Center
There are numerous apartments, condos, and houses available for rent in and around Charlottesville. You can live near the University of Virginia’s historic Grounds or just off the bustling Downtown Mall —or find a cottage in the countryside. For more information on Charlottesville properties, see MyCAAR.com.
Charlottesville is a small, intellectually and culturally thriving city in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Located 115 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., it is home to the University of Virginia and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. The Charlottesville arts scene is diverse and active. Numerous clubs offer live music, and sports and recreational opportunities abound. The City Market sells locally grown produce every Saturday morning from April through October. Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport is a 20-minute drive from the VFH offices. Other airports serving the area include Dulles International, Reagan National, and Richmond International Airport.