NNI Student Scholar Research Grant

The grant covers a period of one week to three months in residence and provides a stipend up to $5,000. A time frame for fulfilling the grant requirements will be established in consultation with the director of the New Netherland Research Center (NNRC). No housing, travel funds, or health insurance are provided. Applications are due by February 15.

Scholars beyond the undergraduate level and actively working on a thesis, dissertation, or scholarly article are invited to apply. Research must be conducted at the New Netherland Research Center, New York State Library, and the New York State Archives, Albany, NY, in the field of New Netherland history and the Dutch Atlantic world, using the records of New Netherland. Candidates must indicate their research topic in their application. Genealogical research topics are excluded. Preference will be given to applicants with a working knowledge of contemporary and seventeenth-century Dutch.

Partial installments of the stipend are paid upon submission of progress reports and acceptance by the Director of NNRC .At the conclusion, the student scholar must submit a written report based on their work and deliver a public lecture on their research findings prior to receiving their final installment.

Applications must consist of a curriculum vita, two letters of recommendation, and a cover letter outlining the research topic and work plan. Applications may be sent to nni@newnetherlandinstitute.org. Please use Student Scholar Grant as subject.

Using the resources of the NNRC, along with Dutch colonial documents in the collections of the New York State Library and Archives, student scholars have conducted research on a wide range of topics:

The 2023 Student Scholar award is shared between Marian Leech, Ph.D. candidate, University of Pennsylvania, for her dissertation "Wampum, Furs, and the Making of Possession in the Dutch Atlantic World, 1590-1713" and Amanda Faulkner, Ph.D. candidate, Columbia University, for her dissertation, "Insiders and Outsiders: Individuals and Community in the Dutch Atlantic World."

Jennifer Motter, PhD candidate, the College of William & Mary, has won the 2022 Student Scholar in Residence Grant. Project Title: Knowledge and Commodification in the Early Modern Dutch Atlantic.

Samuel Jennings, a historian of religion, working on his dissertation at Oklahoma State University (reduced grant) for the portion of his dissertation that relates to the Dutch in North America. His dissertation research examines the changing Protestant Atlantic world and the ways various Protestant traditions in North America (including both Dutch and English) thought about Mary, the mother of Jesus, both as a Catholic devotion and within their own traditions. Jennings' research is finding interactions, engagements and attitudes that challenge common expectations.

Pepijn Doornenbal, MA student at Leiden University, researched the politics and governing of settlement and diversity in New Netherland.

Amy Ransford, Ph.D. candidate Indiana University Bloomington, for her dissertation "Trading Women: Race, Gender, and Settler Colonialism in the Hudson River Watershed, 1600-1730."

Timo McGregor, a Ph.D. candidate at New York University, researched Anglo-Dutch diplomacy and vernacular political thought in New Netherland.

Artyom Anikin, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, researched New Netherland in the decade following the English invasion (1664-1674).

Alena M. Buis, a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at Queen's University in Toronto, studied the visual culture of New Netherland.

Deborah Hamer, a Ph.D. candidate in History from Columbia University, researched the evolution of marriage law in New Netherland.

Brecht Cornelisse of the Rijksuniversiteit Leiden analyzed politics in New Netherland and the development of the Landdag.

About the New Netherland Institute

For over three decades, NNI has helped cast light on America's Dutch roots. In 2010, it partnered with the New York State Office of Cultural Education to establish the New Netherland Research Center, with matching funds from the State of the Netherlands. NNI is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. More

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Housed in the New York State Library, the NNRC offers students, educators, scholars and researchers a vast collection of early documents and reference works on America's Dutch era. More


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