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DAACS-NEH Fellowship Announcement

22 Jan 2020 4:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


The Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery is offering a four‐week program in the in‐depth study of 18th and 19th century archaeological material culture, and certification to enter data into DAACS. The program includes roundtrip travel to/from Charlottesville, housing, and includes a $1000 stipend. It also covers travel and lodging during field trips to archaeological collections in the Chesapeake and to Winterthur.


The DAACS‐NEH Fellowship Program in Material Culture and DAACS Database Certification is designed for archaeologists who 1. Wish to contribute data to DAACS, 2. Plan to pursue research using DAACS data and/or 3. Want to use the DAACS database for curation and research with their collections. Priority is given to scholars committed to using DAACS’s online archive (www.daacs.org) and the DAACS database for long‐term research, curation, and teaching.

The fellowship program is open to advanced graduate students (Ph.D. Students) through senior scholars. Applicants might wish to enter their dissertation site into DAACS, thereby making it comparable to other sites of slavery in the Archive. Other applicants might be archaeologists working in museums, CRM firms, or government organizations that foresee regularly contributing sites to DAACS, and who wish to use the database for long‐term collections management and data analysis are also encouraged to apply. These fellowships are also ideal for professors who wish to use DAACS for their own collections and for teaching.

Details: The training and certification program will be held at Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia between July 19‐August 14, 2020. Successful applicants are expected to arrive in Charlottesville on Sunday, July 19th and stay through August 14. All fellows must make a full‐ time commitment to the program. This generally means 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with training and cataloging sessions scheduled for shorter periods on Saturdays and Sundays.

Fellowship Requirements: Applicants must be pursuing their Ph.D., or have graduated with their Ph.D., or be committed to long‐term research and use of DAACS. Half of the fellowships are reserved for scholars from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the fields of archaeology and anthropology.

Apply: Please submit a detailed letter of interest, describing your proposed research with DAACS and your long‐term research goals, cv, and two recommendations to Jillian Galle (jgalle@monticello.org), Project Director for DAACS, by February 15, 2020. Feel free to contact Jillian with any questions. Your personal statement is the primary consideration for the advisory committee when selecting fellows.

Selection: The DAACS Fellowship Committee, comprised of DAACS Advisory Board members, will select fifteen fellows from the applicant pool.

Funding: Successful applicants will receive a $1000 stipend. Fellows will be reimbursed for pre‐approved round‐trip travel costs. Group housing with other fellows will be provided. Travel and lodging to field trip sites (Williamsburg, Winterthur, and Alexandria) will be provided.

Because Monticello is located in a rural setting with no public transportation, it is necessary for fellows to either rent a car, bring their own car, or arrange car‐pools with other fellows.

These fellowships are funded by a Sustainability Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which was matched by generous private donors to Monticello.

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