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British Association for American Studies


Monticello Fellowships


Monticello Fellowships

The 2021 award is now open.


The Thomas Jefferson Foundation and the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello, USA

The British Association for American Studies (BAAS), in conjunction with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation (TJF) and the International Center for Jefferson Studies (ICJS), is delighted to announce this award for teachers who cover the American Revolution, the Constitution and related materials in their A Level or Advanced Higher teaching of history and politics.

To be eligible to apply for these awards, applicants must have at least three years teaching experience, and teach A Level or Advanced Higher materials relevant to the Fellowships.  It is expected that these awards will be of particular interest to teachers interested in the  Edexcel History Paper ‘From Colonies to Nation 1763-87’, as well as to those teaching other 18th century history and American politics topics at A Level, such as the American Revolution, slavery, and the development of American constitutional government.

Barringer Fellowship

One Barringer Fellowship will be awarded to a British teacher.  This award will enable a teacher to travel to Monticello, and work with academic staff at ICJS (including those involved in the Archaeology Department, and their extensive programme on slavery in Virginia).  The Fellowship will allow the successful applicant to spend time working on the development of classroom materials, lesson plans, and related materials.  The successful applicant will be chosen by BAAS and then confirmed by the ICJS.  Their application must demonstrate that the Fellowship will relate to and directly benefit their A Level or Advanced Higher Teaching.  The Barringer Fellowship will include: local accommodation, a per diem for food, and some travel costs.  In addition, BAAS will provide a travel award of up to £600 to pay for international travel. For more information see:

The successful applicant will be required to share their experiences and relevant teaching materials on the BAAS website for school teachers. The successful applicant will also be contacted by Monticello staff before the appointment to provide additional information and to select their preference for the MTI (either June 27-July 2, July 11-16, or July 25-30).

BAAS is committed to promoting best practice in matters of equality and diversity, and will be attentive to issues of equality and diversity when judging applications.

British Association for American Studies: application process for Barringer Fellowship

The closing date for applications for the 2020 award is 19 February 2021.

Please send your application (details below) by e-mail, together with a letter from your Head Teacher confirming that if successful, you will be allowed to take up the award, to Please indicate the name of the award in the subject line.

Your letter of application should include the following information:

1. Name:

2. School:

3. One-page CV:

4. An indication of which A/AS level or Advanced Higher (or equivalent) modules, options, or subjects are you currently teaching and / or will you be teaching in the near future?

5. A one-page statement of your personal and professional reasons for applying for this award, and the ways that you expect to be able to use your award in your teaching.


**Adaptation to the programme related to the covid19 crisis: the Thomas Jefferson Center will be running a smaller cohort in 2021 in order to effectively social distance; applicants should know that measures will be implemented to guarantee everyone’s safety**


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Winners of the Barringer Fellowship


Claire Hollis, Reigate Grammar School


William O’Brien-Blake, Forest School, London

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