2021 Hidden Histories Teacher Research Fellowship

Connecting Virginia’s Past to the History of Japanese American WWII Incarceration

Full Spectrum Features and The Library of Virginia are pleased to announce the Hidden Histories Teacher Research Fellowship. The fellowship will provide educators with specialized training and access to Library of Virginia resources to conduct research into Japanese-American incarceration during World War II. Fellows will also be given access to Full Spectrum’s collection of short narrative films about the incarceration (entitled “Hidden Histories”), as well as the award-winning digital history tool The Orange Story. Over the course of the summer, fellows will work with Full Spectrum Features staff members, Library of Virginia staff members, and historians to learn more about and pursue research around Asian American history, both nationally and in the commonwealth, with particular attention to the history of Japanese-American incarceration and Executive Order 9066. The fellowship award includes a $2,000 stipend as well as a $500 discretionary stipend to cover travel, conference fees, or other related project expenses.

The goal is for the Fellow to walk away equipped with deep knowledge of Japanese American WWII incarceration history, relevant to local Virginia history. Using these learnings, Fellows will develop and conduct accredited professional development workshops for other Virginia-based K-12 teachers, to equip them with the tools to teach the history of Japanese American WWII incarceration, contextualized with an introduction to Asian American history, in their classrooms.

The Library of Virginia and Full Spectrum Features are seeking three Fellows that have an interest in researching Asian American history and how to apply primary resources, like narrative film, as a teaching tool in classrooms. 


  • Application Deadline: June 16, 2021
    • $2,000 cash stipend with an additional $500 for travel, conference fees or other related expenses
    • 60-80 hours including research, historian-led workshops, lesson plan development, and professional development training for other Virginia-based educators

  • Deliverables:
    • A lesson plan for educators to utilize in their classrooms
    • A teacher workshop for 10-15 Virginia-based educators (w/ professional development credits for attending educators)
    • A set of documents to be added to the online primary resource collection Document Bank of Virginia (DBVa)

  • To be eligible, applicants must:
    • Be a Virginia-based 4th–12th Grade History or Social Science Educator
    • Have a minimum of three years of teaching experience in history and/or social science
    • Exhibit the use of creative and engaging teaching techniques in the classroom
    • Demonstrate a commitment to the use of primary sources as a part of classroom instruction
    • Be available to complete two weeks of research between June and September 2021

Applications must include:

  • A résumé
  • A statement of interest in 500 words or less outlining:
    • reasons for applying for the Fellowship
    • teaching philosophy
    • What you hope to gain from the experience
  • A sample lesson plan and/or narrative description demonstrating creative uses of primary sources, along with examples of student work based on the lesson, if available.

To apply, please fill out, and upload documents to, this google form. If you are unable to submit to the google form, please send all application materials to education@lva.virginia.gov.

This project was funded, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program.