The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati offers several research fellowships each year. The fellowships provide $2,000 to support the cost of travel, housing and per diem expenses for a scholar wishing to use the Institute’s library for a period of at least five days. The fellowships are open to graduate students and advanced scholars who are conducting research that may benefit from the library’s holdings.

The Institute’s library collections include contemporary books, manuscripts, maps and works of art on paper which support the in-depth study of military history and the art of war in the age of the American Revolution. The library also houses books and archives related to the formation and history of the Society of the Cincinnati, as well as materials related to the life of Larz and Isabel Anderson, whose 1905 mansion now serves as the headquarters of the Institute.

Recipients will be required to complete their fellowship research within a period of one year from the date of the award. Further, recipients will submit a two-to-three-page written report of research findings and a copy of any subsequent publication (article, thesis, dissertation or book) that may result.

The recipients for each of the fellowships will be chosen from a single round of applications.
Applicants should submit the following:

  • A curriculum vitae, including educational background, publications and professional experience.
  • A brief outline of the research proposed (not to exceed two pages). Strong applications will cite specific holdings of the library.
  • (For current graduate students only) Two confidential letters of recommendation from faculty or colleagues familiar with the applicant and his or her research project. Note: If letters are to be mailed independently, please include the names of recommenders when submitting the application.


Read more about using the library collections. The library staff welcomes your questions. Call us at 202.785.2040 x424 or send an email to


Applications for the 2024 fellowships are due on November 3, 2023.

Send to:

Library Fellowship Selection Subcommittee
The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati
2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20008


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