Introducing the CLAW-RAI Visiting Fellows Program

College of Charleston

The Rothermere American Institute is delighted to unveil the CLAW-RAI Visiting Fellows Program, a partnership between the program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW) at the College of Charleston, and the RAI.

In accordance with the CLAW program’s public mission of enhancing public awareness of the history of the Carolina Lowcountry in the broader context of the Atlantic World, this fellowship program is designed to draw attention to the wealth of archival, architectural, and archaeological material in Charleston and its environs that attests to the city’s historic connections with the United Kingdom, and that establishes Charleston as a key node in the wider Atlantic World, not least in relation to the history of the transatlantic slave trade and the legacy thereof.

Successful CLAW-Rothermere Visiting Fellows will be expected to take up a two-week residency in late March/early April each year, during which time they will carry out research in the College of Charleston’s Addlestone Library Special Collections, the Avery Research Center, the Charleston County Public Library, the South Carolina Historical Society, or other collections pertinent to their work. The fellowship offers a stipend of $1,000, and the CLAW program will cover both the cost of air travel between London and Charleston and provide on-campus accommodation in faculty guest housing for the duration of the fellowship. In addition to carrying out their own research, fellows will be expected to give a public lecture and/or guest-lecture in an appropriate College of Charleston class.

Applicants should submit:

  • A succinct project description, including a list of archives that the applicant expects to use (500 words maximum)
  • An abbreviated c.v. (2 pages maximum)

Applicants must be academics affiliated with and involved in the community life of the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford.

Applications, and any questions about the fellowship, may be addressed to Dr Sandra Slater, CLAW Director, at

The deadline for application for the 2020 Fellowship is October 1st, 2019. Notification of the successful application will be made within two weeks of that date.


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