Research Fellowships

Scholarly Research Fellowship Program

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) scholarly research fellowship program encourages and promotes advanced research on all aspects of Kentucky-related local, regional, national, transnational, and comparative history. Fellowships are designed to assist researchers with travel and living expenses while using the KHS research collections. All applications are peer-reviewed by a panel of leading historians. Awards are based on the significance of the proposed research and on the anticipated time it will require in KHS collections. Awards typically range from $400 (for one week) to $1,600 (for four weeks). The next deadline is October 15, 2014.

These short-term fellowships are intended to support serious scholarly work. They enable individuals to pursue advanced study and research in the collections of KHS. Applications are welcome from independent scholars, as well as from college and university teachers, graduate students, and scholars working in other related disciplines.

Fellowship recipients are strongly encouraged to submit an article-length manuscript for possible publication in the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, and are expected to make an informal presentation on their research during their stay and to submit a final narrative report of three to five pages outlining the work accomplished. For more information about the scholarly research fellowships, contact Elizabeth J. Van Allen at or 502-564-1792, ext. 4440.

Scholarly Research Fellowship Recipients, March 2014

The Kentucky Historical Society is pleased to announce the following awardees for the spring 2014 scholarly research fellowship program:

  • Edward J. Blum (San Diego State University), Satan and the Civil War: Tales from The Dark Side of Faith and Nation
  • Jonathan M. Chu (University of Massachusetts—Boston), The Unfinished Republic: Economic Behavior and State Formation in the Trans-Appalachian West
  • Jay Donis (Lehigh University), Continuity and Resistance: The American Frontier and Authority, 1765-1792
  • Jack Furniss (University of Virginia), Civil War Governors
  • Joy M. Giguere (Pennsylvania State University—York), The Jefferson Davis Memorial Obelisk: A Study in Confederate Monument-making
  • Keith Harper (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary), Elkhorn: Kentucky’s Earliest Baptists and the Creation of the Commonwealth
  • Brian Craig Miller (Emporia State University), The United Confederate Veterans
  • Laura Sandy (Keele University, United Kingdom), Slave Stealers: Stolen Labor, Social Conflict, and Law in the Slave South
  • Tangi Villerbu (Université de la Rochelle, France), Atlantic Kentucky: The French Connection, 1780-1840
  • Kurt Windisch (University of Georgia), The Defeat of Arthur St. Clair and the U.S. Army and the Northwest Indian War



KHS reserves the right not to award certain fellowships should extenuating circumstances arise. Because of state regulations, Kentucky state employees are not eligible for these fellowships. (Kentucky public school teachers and state university employees are eligible.)