Research Fellowships

The Donald J. Sterling, Jr. Fellowships in Pacific Northwest History at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland have been established through an endowment, made possible by the family of Donald J. Sterling, Jr., to encourage original, scholarly, interpretive research in the Oregon Historical Society Research Library. The Society offers two Fellowships each year—a Senior Fellowship ($2,500), which is open to all applicants, and a Graduate Research Fellowship ($2,000), which is restricted to candidates for advanced degrees.

The recipient of the Fellowship will be given free access to OHS's Research Library with its extensive collection of manuscripts, maps, photographs, and other resources. The Library holds strong collections in business and economic development, labor, arts, conservation and land use, migration, politics and government, and the activities of women and ethnic groups.

Fellows will be in residence in the OHS Research Library for four weeks during the calendar year following the award (not necessarily in one block of time). A 250-word written report on the research completed will be required within a month after the Fellowship ends. Within a year of completing the Fellowship, recipients will submit an article based on their research for possible publication in OHS's journal, the Oregon Historical Quarterly.

Applicants for the Fellowship need not be professional historians, but they must have experience in historical research and writing. Preference will be given to scholars who have suitable research topics, who have the potential of making a significant contribution to historical scholarship on Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, and who evidence the ability to write an article-length manuscript for OHQ.

The Library is open for 32 hours a week; the Fellowship recipient will conduct research during those hours.

2022 Fellowship Timeline

October 1, 2021: Applications due

December 1, 2021: Fellowship recipients notified

Fellowship recipient conducts research for four weeks during 2022.

Application Details

Please send the following, as separate email attachments and with the subject line “Sterling Application,” to by the deadline listed above:

  1. Description of the project, including the significance of the project, a selected bibliography, and the OHS Research Library collections that might be used. (no more than 3,000 words)
  2. Resume or c.v.
  3. Two letters of support