Fellowships & Awards

The Harrison Institute offers three highly competitive fellowship programs: the Lillian Gary Taylor Fellowship in American Literature, the William A. Elwood Fellowship in Civil Rights and African-American Studies, and the Mary Lacey Long Wolfe Fellowship in Rare Materials. The Taylor and Elwood Fellowships are post-doctoral fellowships. The Wolfe Fellowship is focused on introducing University of Virginia undergraduates to research with rare and unique materials.

Applications for all fellowship programs are accepted bi-annually October 31 and February 28, via email submission to harrison_institute@virginia.edu.

The Lillian Gary Taylor Fellowship in American Literature offers visiting scholars an opportunity to conduct research using the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.

The William A. Elwood Fellowship in Civil Rights and African-American Studies offers visiting scholars an opportunity to conduct research using Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.


Fellowship recipients are provided financial support dependent on the length of stay, $1,800 for one month and up to $4,900 for three months. office space in the Harrison Institute, and access to the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, as well as the larger U.Va. Library. Fellows may choose to conduct research at the Institute for a period of one to three months.

Eligibility and Application

To be eligible for the Lillian Gary Taylor Fellowship in American Literature or the William A. Elwood Fellowship in Civil Rights and African-American Studies applicants must hold a doctorate or have already advanced to doctoral candidacy.

Preference will be given to applicants who live beyond a 60-mile radius of Charlottesville, VA. Taylor and Elwood Fellows are responsible for arranging their own housing.

Applications for the Taylor Fellowship and Elwood Fellowship programs are accepted bi-annually, October 31 and February 28, via email submission to harrison_institute@virginia.edu. Please include application materials as a PDF. Letters of Recommendation may be submitted directly by recommenders via email.

Please include the following in your application:

  • A cover letter describing the research to be conducted at the Institute, including
    specific reference to rare and unique materials housed in the Special Collections Library;
  • curriculum vitae;
  • one letter of recommendation;
  • and dates to be spent in residence.

The Mary Lacey Long Wolfe Internship

The Wolfe Internship offers University of Virginia undergraduate students an introduction to the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library and the opportunity to develop an outreach or research project that promotes the library’s resources to the university community and wider public. This year, preference is given for projects focused on the Flowerdew Hundred Collection, projects exploring the use of digital tools and Special Collections materials, and projects engaged with issues of social justice. Harrison Institute and Special Collections staff will help develop and scope project proposals.

Eligibility and Application

To be eligible for the Wolfe Internship, applicants must be a current undergraduate at the University of Virginia.

To apply, please submit:

  • a cover letter describing the research to be conducted at the Institute;
  • and one letter of recommendation;

Please submit applications by email, harrison_institute@virginia.edu. Please include application materials as a PDF. Letters of Recommendation may be submitted directly by recommenders via email.