FWCP/AACR Research Fellow Opportunity


Washington Crossing Historic Park is offering a 12-month research fellowship focusing on identifying the men and women of color who, directly and indirectly, contributed to George Washington’s legendary crossing of the Delaware River on December 25, 1776.  The fellow will identify these individuals and assemble biographical information on as many as possible.  The resulting research will support the park’s interpretation and exhibits as we prepare for the nation’s Semiquincentennial and beyond.  Travel to archives and historical societies is highly encouraged.  Reimbursements for expenses including travel, subsistence, admissions, memberships, supplies, etc. will be provided and must be pre-approved.  The project will be supervised by the park Curator and regular meetings between the Fellow and the Curator will be required.  The Fellow will be expected to dedicate 30 hours/week to the project.


The 12-month Research Fellowship begins in October, 2023 and offers a $45,000 stipend to be paid bi-weekly.  Benefits (i.e. medical coverage, paid leave, pension contributions, etc.) and housing are not offered.


Washington Crossing Historic Park is the location where General George Washington made his crossing of the Delaware River on December 25, 1776 to attack the Hessian outpost in Trenton. The Continental Army’s victory in Trenton was a catalyst to its success at the Second Battle of Trenton and in the Battle of Princeton in what has become known as the “Ten Crucial Days”.   Washington Crossing Historic Park is designated as a National Historic Landmark.  The Friends of Washington Crossing Park (FWCP) is a 501( c )3 that partners with Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). FWCP manages the park’s public history programming while the state owns and manages the park the facilities, artifacts, exhibits, and environmental education.  This Research Fellow project is funded by the National Park Service’s African American Civil Rights Grant and will be administered by the Friends of Washington Crossing Park.


The fellowship is open to a wide range of researchers including:

  • Independent scholars
  • Public Historians
  • Academics
  • Museum Professionals
  • Graduate and Post-Graduate Students


Candidates should forward their Curriculum Vitae and letter of interest to ResearchFellow@FriendsWCP.org by October 10th, 2023