These competitive fellowships are offered in the field of early American studies to outstanding applicants to William & Mary's MA/PhD or PhD programs in Anthropology, American Studies, or History. Kelso Fellows receive $4,000 per year for their first two years of graduate study, plus $500 per year in research expenses during that same period. These funds are in addition to the standard financial package offered with admission.
Kelso Graduate Fellowships are funded through an endowment by Roy E. Hock and Margaret Nelson Fowler honoring Dr. William M. Kelso, CBE, F.S.A., M.A. '64, whose work in early American archaeology, research, and scholarship resulted in the discovery and exploration of the original site of James Fort, on Jamestowne Island.
By late February each year, each of the three doctoral programs nominates up to two applicants to its doctoral program. Nominations highlight the applicant's qualifications, including strengths in the field of early American studies. Nominees are evaluated on the basis of their qualifications; possession of a master's degree is not a specific criterion.