Research Fellowships

Research Fellowships

Researchers have used the Kentucky Historical Society’s rich archival holdings to shed light on a vast array of topics, from frontier land distribution and law, to Civil War medicine and from river-borne commerce in the 19th century to Kentucky’s nuclear energy industry.

To help facilitate your research, KHS offers short-term fellowships (one to four weeks) to promote scholarship on any facet of Kentucky’s history.

We offer fellowships in two award cycles. These are available in Spring (March 1) and Fall (October 1).  Download Fellowships guidelines and learn more here.

Congratulations to our Spring 2021 KHS Research Fellows: 

  • G. Jasper Conner, William & Mary, “Black Disability in the Jim Crow South.”
  • Aisha Djelid, University of Reading, “Forced Reproduction in the Antebellum South, 1808-1865.”
  • Jonathan Jones, Pennsylvania State University, “Opium Slavery: The Civil War, Veterans, and America’s First Opioid Crisis.”
  • Derek Kane O’Leary, Bard High School Early College, “Archiving the American West in the Antebellum U.S.”
  • Joseph W. Pearson, Union College, “Grace on the Margins: Catholicism, Coal, and the Immigrant Experience in Gilded Age Appalachia.”
  • Juliette Tran, Paris 8 University, “Kentucky as America: Narratives and Memories of the First American West (1763-1893).”

Click here for a more complete list of our current and past fellows and here for a list of their publications.

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