Stratford Hall-American Friends of Chantilly Fellowship in French-American Studies – April 1, 2011

Introduction

Stratford Hall, the ancestral home of the Lees in Westmoreland County, Virginia, and Chantilly, in Chantilly, France, invite scholars with an interest in exploring American and French connections in the 18th century to apply for a three-month research fellowship.

Stratford Hall and Chantilly

Stratford Hall, a historic 18th-century plantation with associated research library, has an extensive collection of books and manuscripts related to the Lee family, including two signers of the Declaration of Independence. Several of the Stratford Lees were intimately connected with France.  Richard Henry Lee, who made the resolution for independence from England, visited Chantilly during a tour of the continent in 1751-52 and subsequently named his home Chantilly. His brother Arthur was a member of the American delegation sent to France in 1776. Henry Lee IV, nephew of Richard Henry and Arthur, lived his final years in Paris working on a biography of Napoleon and is buried in Montmartre.

The Domaine de Chantilly outside Paris is the grand estate of the Montmorency and Condé families and is owned by the Institut de France.   Its art collection and library are among the finest in France and its 17th-century gardens are the work of Andre Le Notre. The estate was left as a museum for the people of France by the Duc d’Aumale, who was one of France’s great 19th- century collectors. It is managed by the Fondation pour le Sauvegarde et le Developpement du Domaine de Chantilly.

The Fellowship

The fellowship is open to doctoral and post-doctoral candidates. Research proposals will be considered for any project that will result in a book or journal article-length manuscript that explores an aspect related to the broad theme of 18th-century French-American relations. Special consideration will be given to proposals that specifically address connections between the Stratford Lees, France and Chantilly. The fellowship carries a stipend of $5,000 as well as funds for travel. Office facilities and accommodations are available at both Stratford and Chantilly. Stratford Hall and Chantilly are convenient to other research collections in Richmond,Va., Washington, D.C. and Paris. This fellowship is open to all eligible persons, including foreign nationals. Applicants should submit a proposal of no more than four pages that describes their research project and how it might benefit from the use of the collections at Stratford Hall and Chantilly.

Further information can be obtained by contacting: Stratford Hall-Chantilly Fellowship, 483 Great House Road, Stratford, VA 22558 or by email fellowships@stratfordhall.org. Applications must be postmarked or emailed by April 1, 2011.

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