Annual Scholarship Program
Each year The Colonial Dames of America makes grants to several institutions for graduate student fellowships and awards.
Graduate Center of History at City University, New York
A grant to the Graduate Center of History at the City University of New York is awarded to a graduate student writing a dissertation on a topic in American history. The 2012 recipient is Nora Slonimsky who is researching aspects of print culture from the American Revolution through the Age of Jefferson with a focus on the ways that political publishing mediums interacted with the developing democratic philosophies.
New York University, New York
A grant to New York University is awarded to a graduate student writing a dissertation on a topic in Atlantic history. The 2012 recipient is Kate Mulry who is researching the mechanisms and purposes of gathering scientific information in America, including species of plants used for food and medicine, in the later seventeenth century.
Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
A grant to the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia supports a fellowship in historical editing. The fellowship offers a talented young graduate student the opportunity to build upon the skills that she or he has acquired as an Institute editorial apprentice during the academic year. The fellowship supports his or her continued editorial work throughout the summer following the apprenticeship and thus makes a significant contribution to the Institute’s ability to maintain the high standards for which all of its publications—the William and Mary Quarterly and book manuscripts—are known.
Historic Jamestowne Field School, Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA)
A grant to the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA) goes toward archaeological field work and research being done by graduate students at the Historic Jamestowne Field School in partnership with the University of Virginia. During the Field School's six-week period of excavation in the summer of 2007, seventeen graduate students from six states uncovered remains of the 1607 James Fort, the site of the first permanent English settlement in North America, and the adjoining 1608 James Town. The Colonial Dames of America continues to support this fasinating project under the guidance of Dr. William Kelso.
In addition to learning methods and theories of fieldwork in American Historical Archaeology, students learned to identify and interpret 17th-century European and Native American artifacts, as well as investigate features directly related to James Fort (1607-1625).