Cromwell Fellowships

In 2015, the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation will make available a number of $5,000 fellowship awards to support research and writing in American legal history. The number of awards made is at the discretion of the Foundation. In the past several years, the trustees of the Foundation have made five to eight awards. Preference is given to scholars at the early stages of their careers. The Committee for Research Fellowships and Awards of the American Society for Legal History (ASLH) reviews the applications and makes recommendations to the Foundation. (The Cromwell Foundation was established in 1930 to promote and encourage scholarship in legal history, particularly in the colonial and early national periods of the United States. The Foundation has supported the publication of legal records as well as historical monographs.)

Application Process for 2015

Applicants should submit a description of their proposed project (double-spaced, maximum 6 pages, with working title), a budget, a timeline, and a short c.v. (no longer than 3 pages). The budget and timeline can be part of the Project Description or separate. (There is no application form.) Two letters of recommendation from academic referees should be sent directly to the Committee Chair via email attachment. Applications must be submitted electronically (preferably in one .pdf file) no later than midnight July 13, 2015.

Successful applicants will be notified after the annual meeting of the Cromwell Foundation, which normally takes place in the second week of November. An announcement of the awards will also be made at the annual meeting of the American Society of Legal History in Washington, DC., October 29-Nov. 1, 2015

To apply, please send all materials to the chair of the Committee, Cornelia Hughes Dayton. <email>

Cornelia H. Dayton of the University of Connecticut is the chair of the Society’s Committee on Research Fellowships and Awards, with members: Michael Grossberg (ex officio, ASLH President), Indiana University; Joanna Grisinger, Northwestern University; Victoria D. List, Washington and Jefferson College; Yvonne Pitts, Purdue University; Michael Vorenberg, Brown University; and Victoria Saker Woeste, American Bar Foundation.

Past Recipients

YearAwarded to -
2014John M. Collins, Scott De Orio, Helen Dewar, Nancy O. Gallman, Jane C. Manners, Emily Margolis, Samanthis Q. Smalls
2013Matthew Axtell, Michael Caires, Sara Damiano, Kellen Funk, Jeremy Kessler, Michael Schoeppner, Sarah Seo, Jameson R. Sweet
2012James Allison, Anne Fleming, Hidetaka Hirota, Ryan Johnson, and Suzanne Kahn
2011Cynthia Greenlee-Donnell, Melissa Hayes, Jeffrey Kahn, Kimberley Reilly
2010Nate Holdren, Howard Pashman, Gautham Rao, and Karen M. Tani.
2009Kevin Arlyck, Mark Hanna, Kelly Kennington, Felicity Turner, and Kyle Volk
2008Sophia Lee, Leah Weinryb Grosghal, and Laura Weinrib
2007Lindsay Campbell, Christopher Schmidt, Hilary Soderland, and Joshua Stein
2006Christopher Beauchamp, Kenneth W. Mack, Kunal Parker, Nicholas Parrillo, and Daniel J. Sharfstein
2005Ajay K. Mehrotra, Bernie D. Jones, Paul L. Castro