Fellowship and Grants

Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Center sponsors a postdoctoral fellowship to support the professional development of a recent Ph.D. The fellow spends one year at Virginia Tech, during which time s/he teaches a class in the history department, makes significant progress on a book manuscript, organizes a conference or an outreach program, and assists the Center director with Center activities.

We expect to offer the postdoc again for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. Please check back for an application in early 2020.


Meet our 2018-19 postdoctoral fellow:

Caitlin Verboon, VCCWS Postdoc
Caitlin Verboon, VCCWS Postdoc

Caitlin Verboon is the 2018-2019 Virginia Center for Civil War Studies postdoctoral fellow at Virginia Tech. Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, she received her BA from the College of William and Mary and her PhD from Yale University. Her research interests broadly include the nature of the public sphere in the era of the Civil War, urban development, and the changing definitions of citizenship in the United States.

Verboon is currently revising her dissertation, Making Space: Race and Southern Cities, 1863-1877, which explores the ways black and white Southerners used public city spaces to remake citizenship after the Civil War. She has presented her work at several national conferences and events, including the Southern Historical Association, the Urban Historical Association, C-SPAN, and at the Society of Civil War Historians. She comes to us from the Freedmen and Southern Society Project at the University of Maryland, where she served as an assistant editor working on a volume of documents about family and kinship after the Civil War.

Research grants

The Virginia Center for Civil War Studies offers research grants, in conjunction with Virginia Tech’s Special Collections, providing honoraria to enable researchers to visit Special Collections and conduct Civil War-related research.

We are no longer accepting applications for 2018-19 grants. We expect to offer the grants again for the 2019-2020 academic year. Please check back in early 2019 for next year’s application.


Kristen Brill
Kristen Brill is a lecturer in American history at Keele University (UK). She is researching gender and nationalism in the Confederate South.
Daniel Sunshine
Daniel Sunshine is a PhD student of history at the University of Virginia. He is examining the political views of wartime West Virginians.
Vivien Rendleman
Vivien Rendleman is a history PhD student at Duke University. She is studying the tensions created by governance of movement in the Confederate south.

MA scholarships

The Virginia Center for Civil War Studies offers scholarship funding for History MA students at Virginia Tech. Scholarships are open to any applicant with interests in the history of the Civil War era.

Two scholarships, up to $5,000 each, will be awarded annually and may be renewed for a second year. Holders of these scholarships are also eligible to hold graduate assistantships.

For an application form, and further details about the MA program, click here.