Colonial Williamsburg Foundation – EXARC Fellowship

EXARC is proud to cooperate with America’s largest outdoor living history museum, Colonial Williamsburg, in an annual fellowship offer. The 2019 application round is open. Application deadline is March 31st, 2019. Decisions will be announced May 23rd, 2019.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation annually invites applications for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation – EXARC Fellowship. Fellowships are an important component of the work of the Education, Research and Historical Interpretation Division. Fellowships primarily support research on topics related to British America, the American Revolution, and the Early Republic.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation– EXARC Fellowship is intended to advance the investigation and interpretation of archaeological and experimental archaeological heritage by supporting research and scholarship through a partnership between EXARC, the international organization of Archaeological Open-Air Museums (AOAM) and Experimental Archaeology, and the Colonial Williamsburg, America’s largest outdoor living history museum.

This fellowship will fund a one month of scholarship in residence at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Successful proposals will demonstrate potential to advance the understanding and practice of reconstructive and experimental archaeology and its interpretation through structured experimentation to recreate material culture, technology, or life-ways of the past. Applicants need experience in ancient technology, experimental archaeology or interpretation, applicable to 18th century colonial American times. This can be of American, European or other origin. Fellows are expected to be in continuous residence at Colonial Williamsburg and to actively participate in the intellectual life of the Foundation's research, educational, and interpretive campus.

The fellowship runs for one month totaling $2,500.

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The winner in 2018 was Prof. Dr. John Seidel with his multi-faceted project to pursue artifact analysis and structured experiments trades, while also designing a long-term undergraduate program to engage students and staff in multiple experiences and experiments over time. More information here.


The first winner of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation – EXARC Fellowship, in 2017, was Nikola Krstović from Serbia. He spent a month in Colonial Williamsburg, with his project “Museum OFF Boundaries (Reviving She/Stories & Heritage [in a] Supermarket)”. It is the process of meanings and values co-creation, and especially refers to the interpretative framework. More details here. Following his stay in Colonial Williamsburg he wrote: “History in Motion: Colonial Williamsburg”