The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati offers several research fellowships each year. The fellowships provide $2,000-$2,500 toward the cost of travel, housing and per diem expenses to support a scholar working in 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 access to the Institute’s collections.

The library collections include contemporary books, manuscripts, maps and works of art on paper which support the in-depth study of 18th-century naval and 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. The museum collections, which include paintings, sculpture, armaments and other military equipment, medals, ceramics, textiles, daguerreotypes and other historical artifacts, are also available to researchers.

The collections feature resources on the American colonial period as well. A new fellowship, funded by the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Maryland, offers $2,500 to support research on the history of Maryland and the Chesapeake region during the period 1607-1775. Additionally, the Keith Armistead Carr Fellowship supports scholarship that bridges the colonial and revolutionary periods.

Recipients will be required to fulfill their fellowship research in the library within a period of one year from the date of the award. Further, the recipient will be required to submit a two-to-three-page written report and summary of research findings. In addition, the library requests a single 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) with the applicant’s name at the top. 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.


Learn more about our holdings by exploring our online catalogs. The library staff welcomes your questions. Call us at 202.785.2040 x424 or send an email to


Applications for the 2025 fellowships are due on November 8, 2024.

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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