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 closed.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation– EXARC Fellowship is intended to advance the research and scholarship of archaeological open-air museums through a partnership between EXARC, the international organization of archaeological open-air museums 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 open-air museums, ancient technology, experimental archaeology or interpretation, applicable to the 18th century. 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 2019 is Dr Giovanna Fregni, an archaeologist, previously employed as Gem Cutter and Jewellery Designer. She will construct a simple lapidary machine to polish and cut gems using materials and equipment available during the American Colonial period. More information here.


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.
A short blog by John Seidel about the stay at Colonial Williamsburg you can read 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”