Margaret Henry Dabney Penick Resident Scholar Program

Funding Agency:
Smithsonian Institution

The Margaret Henry Dabney Penick Resident Scholar Program supports scholarly research into the legacy of Patrick Henry and his political circle, the early political history of Virginia, the history of the American Revolution, founding era ideas and policy-making, as well as science, technology, and culture in colonial America and the Early National Period.

The stipend for this long-term post-doctoral fellowship is $30,000 for six consecutive months. Applicants must hold a PhD by September 1 of the year they apply. Senior scholars are particularly encouraged to apply. Fellows are expected to give at least one public lecture during the tenure of their fellowship, as well as to submit a research report and to show definite progress toward a publishable manuscript by the end of the fellowship period.  Fellows may be asked to cooperate with the Smithsonian Libraries’ administration in planning and organizing a scholarly program in their area of expertise.

Deadline: Jan. 15, 2019

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Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must have research interests that relate to collections of the Smithsonian Libraries. The selection of scholars is based in part on the need to consult specific holdings in the Smithsonian Libraries.  Applications should include a bibliography of specific titles or a description of specific collections to be used, as well as evidence of the applicant’s ability to carry out the proposed research (as outlined in letters of reference, publication record, etc.). The quality of the proposal is determined by the importance of the topic, its originality and sophistication of approach, the feasibility of research objectives, and relevance to the collections.

International scholars are welcome to apply. Applicants whose native language is not English must be able to demonstrate the ability to write and converse fluently in English. In addition, depending on the topic and specific research materials required, applicants should have an understanding of other foreign languages sufficient to make substantive use of appropriate materials. English translations are not always available. 



Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students
Post Doctoral Fellows


Arts & Humanities

External Deadline

January 15, 2019