Research Fellowships

The Donald J. Sterling, Jr. Fellowships in Pacific Northwest History at the Oregon Historical Society, made possible through an endowment from the family of Donald J. Sterling, Jr., encourage original, scholarly, and interpretive research in its research library in Portland. The two fellowships offered each year include 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.

Fellowship recipients are given access to OHS’s research library, with its vast collection of manuscripts, maps, photographs, and other resources. The library holds extensive 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 OHS’s research library for four weeks during the calendar year following the award (not necessarily consecutive).

Fellows are required to submit a 250-word written report on the research completed 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 (OHQ).

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 demonstrate the ability to write an article-length manuscript for OHQ.

Fellows will conduct research during OHS’s research library’s operating hours.

2023 Fellowship Timeline

October 17, 2022: Applications due

December 9, 2022: Fellowship recipients notified

Fellowship recipient conducts research for four weeks during 2023.

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 collections held in OHS’s research library that might be used (no more than 3,000 words)
  2. Resume or CV
  3. Two letters of support