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 March 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, October 2013

The Kentucky Historical Society is pleased to announce the following awardees for the fall 2013 scholarly research fellowship program:

  • Michael J. Bennett (Winston Salem State University), The American Soul in Battle: Restraint and Retaliation in the Civil War 
  • Jonathan D. Cohen (University of Virginia), Visions of the Working Class and the New Left
  • Amie L. Cox (Indiana University), A Compass Pointing Home: The Adventurous Life of William Bratton of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • Anna Faktorovich (Independent Scholar), Wendell Berry and Kentucky: A Critical Literary and Biographical Study
  • Andrew J. Forney (United States Military Academy), The Federalist Empire: The Search for Stability in the Revolutionary Atlantic
  • S. Ashley Jordan (Howard University) Neighbors: Comparing the Lives of African Americans in the Free State of Ohio v. the Slave State of Kentucky
  • Courtney Kisat (Southern Illinois University) “To Give or Not to Give”: Interactions between Rural Relief Clients and Social Workers during the Emergency Relief Period of the Great Depression, 1933-1935
  • Evan Kutzler (University of South Carolina) The Senses and Degradation in Civil War Prisons


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.)