Fellowship Guidelines

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Kentucky Historical Society fellowships follow these guidelines:


  • From $500 (for one week) to $2,000 (for four weeks) for regular fellowships
  • From $150 (for one week) to $600 (for four weeks) for scholars who live within 100 miles of Frankfort, KY


To assist researchers with travel and living expenses while using KHS collections.


  • Independent scholars
  • College and university teachers*
  • Graduate students
  • Scholars working in disciplines related to an aspect of Kentucky history

* State regulation prohibits Kentucky state employees – with the exception of school teachers and university employees – from applying.

KHS reserves the right not to award certain fellowships should extenuating circumstances arise.

Selection Process

A panel of leading historians reviews all applications. Fellows are selected based on the significance of the proposed research and on the anticipated time that research will require in KHS collections.

Fellow Requirements

Fellows must:

  • Make an informal presentation on their research during their stay at KHS.
  • Submit a final narrative report of three to five pages outlining the work they accomplished at KHS within one month of the fellowship’s end.
  • Provide KHS with a copy of any publications that result from or are aided by the fellowship.

KHS strongly encourages fellows to submit an article-length manuscript for possible publication in The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society.