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Tachau Teacher of the Year Award

DEADLINE: APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY DECEMBER 1, 2016

The Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau Teacher of the Year Award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians in recognition of the contributions made by precollegiate teachers to improve history education within the field of American history. The award, to be given for activities which enhance the intellectual development of other history teachers and/or students, memorializes the career of Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau, University of Louisville, for her pathbreaking efforts to build bridges between university and precollegiate history teachers.

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Posted: October 31, 2016
Tagged: Awards and Prizes, News of the Organization


Accepting Applications - Tyson Scholars of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art invites applications for the 2017-2018 Tyson Scholars of American Art Program. The residential program supports full-time scholarship in the history of American art, architecture, visual and material culture from the colonial period to the present. To support their research, Tyson Scholars have access to the art and library collections of Crystal Bridges as well as the library at the University of Arkansas in nearby Fayetteville. Housing is provided at the Crystal Bridges Farmhouse, within easy walking distance from the Museum via wooded trails and approximately 1.5 miles from downtown Bentonville. Scholars have private bed- and bathrooms in the house, and share comfortable indoor and outdoor common spaces including an expansive yard, patio, and swimming pool.

The program is open to scholars holding a PhD (or equivalent) as well as to PhD candidates. Applicants may be affiliated with a university, museum, or independent. Scholars will be selected on the basis of their potential to advance understanding of American art and to intersect meaningfully with aspects of Crystal Bridges' collections, architecture, or landscape. Projects with a synthetic, interdisciplinary focus that seek to expand boundaries of research or traditional categories of investigation are particularly encouraged. Up to three Scholars may be in residence at a time, with terms ranging from six weeks to nine months. In addition to housing, Scholars are provided office or carrel space in the curatorial wing of Crystal Bridges' Library. Stipends vary depending on the duration of residency, ranging from $15,000 to $30,000 per semester. Additional funds for research travel during the residency period are available upon application.

Further information about the Tyson Scholars Program, application instructions, and application form can be found at http://crystalbridges.org/tyson-scholars/. Applicants are advised to contact Crystal Bridges' curators and librarians for specific details about the Museum's collections related to their research. The application deadline for any proposed length of term during the 2017–2018 academic year is January 13, 2017.

Posted: October 31, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


2017 John Wesley Powell Prize

The Society for History in the Federal Government invites nominations for the 2017 John Wesley Powell Prize, deadline November 30, 2016. The Powell Prize commemorates the explorer and federal administrator whose work demonstrated early recognition of the importance of historic preservation and historical display.

The John Wesley Powell Prize alternates annually in recognizing excellence in the fields of historic preservation and historical displays. In 2017, the prize will be awarded to either an individual or to principal collaborators for a single major historic display or exhibit project completed in 2015 or 2016. The award for historic display is given for any form of interpretive historical presentation including, but not limited to, museum exhibits, historical films, CD/DVDs, websites, or multi-media displays. The winner will be announced in the spring of 2017 at the annual meeting of the SHFG. Eligible entrants include any agency or unit of the federal government or non-governmental organizations, including federal contractors, conducting eligible activities on behalf of a unit of the federal government.

For More Information: http://shfg.org/shfg/awards/awards-requirements/

Posted: October 31, 2016
Tagged: Awards and Prizes


Franklin Research Grants 2016-2017

The American Philosophical Society invites scholars holding the Ph.D. to apply to its program of small grants that support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. The Franklin program is particularly designed to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses.

Awards range from $1,000 to $6,000, and the 2016 deadline is December 1.

For further details and application instructions, please visit www.amphilsoc.org/grants/franklin or contact Linda Musumeci, Director of Grants and Fellowships, at LMusumeci@amphilsoc.org or 215-440-3429.

Posted: October 31, 2016
Tagged: Grants


Phillips Fund for Native American Research

The Phillips Fund of the American Philosophical Society provides grants for research in Native American linguistics, ethnohistory, and the history of studies of Native Americans, in the continental United States and Canada. The grants are intended for such costs as travel, tapes, films, and consultants' fees but not for the purchase of books or permanent equipment.

The committee prefers to support the work of younger scholars who have received the doctorate. Applications are also accepted from graduate students for research on masters theses or doctoral dissertations. The average award is about $3,000; grants do not exceed $3,500. Grants are given for one year following the date of the award.

The application deadline is March 1, 2017.

For further details and application instructions, please visit www.amphilsoc.org/grants/phillips or contact Linda Musumeci, Director of Grants and Fellowships, at LMusumeci@amphilsoc.org or 215-440-3429.

Posted: October 31, 2016
Tagged: Grants


American Philosophical Society Library Resident Research Fellowship

The American Philosophical Society Library offers short-term residential fellowships for conducting research in its collections. We are a leading international center for research in the history of American science and technology and its European roots, as well as early American history and culture.

Applicants may be holders of the Ph.D. or its equivalent, Ph.D. candidates who have passed their preliminary examinations, or independent scholars.

Applicants in any relevant field of scholarship may apply. Candidates who live 75 or more miles from Philadelphia receive some preference.

A stipend of $3,000 per month is awarded for a minimum of one month and a maximum of three months.

The application deadline is March 1, 2017.

For further details and application instructions, please visit www.amphilsoc.org/library/short-term-fellowships or contact LibFellows@amphilsoc.org or 215-440-3443.

Posted: October 31, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


2018 Quatuor Coronati Conference: Freemasons in the Transatlantic Worlds during the long eighteenth century

September 14-16, 2018. Alexandria, Virginia, George Washington Masonic National Memorial.

The Academic Committee of the 2018 Quatuor Coronati Conference, co-sponsored by Quatuor Coronati Masonic Lodge No. 2076 of the United Grand Lodge of England, and the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association, invite proposals for papers presenting new research in the form of biographical or prosopographical findings in the history of Anglo-American Freemasonry during the long eighteenth century, including studies of freemasons in or from Britain, Ireland, all of North America and the Caribbean. Early and mid-career academics are particularly encouraged to apply, though proposals from senior and independent scholars are also welcomed.

Abstracts/proposals of up to 500 words along with a brief CV should be submitted in the body of an email to: susan.sommers@stvincent.edu with "QC 2018" in the subject line. The closing date for submissions is May 1, 2017.

Posted: October 31, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers


The Mary Baker Eddy Library Fellowship

The Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston is now accepting online applications for our Summer 2017 Research Fellowships. The fellowship program is open to academic scholars, independent researchers, and graduate students. The collections center on the papers of Mary Baker Eddy and records documenting the history of Christian Science. Areas of research may include women's history, spirituality and health, religious studies, nineteenth-century history, architecture, journalism, and others. Stipend provided. Apply at our website by February 6, 2017. For further information regarding Library collections and the fellowship program, please visit http://www.marybakereddylibrary.org/fellowships or contact 617-450-7124, fellowships@mbelibrary.org.

For More Information: http://www.marybakereddylibrary.org/research/fellows/

Posted: October 31, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholars Award

The Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholars Award Program is now accepting applications through December 15, 2016. This opportunity is for tenure-track faculty who are committed not only to research and teaching but also to building a more inclusive scholarly community. Applicants may not be going up for tenure during the award year (2017–18).

Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Malkiel Scholars Award offers a $17,500 stipend—$10,000 to be used for summer research support and $7,500 for research assistance during the academic year. While Malkiel Scholars may be working in any field of the humanities or social sciences, preference will be given to those whose work relates to 20th- and 21st-century American history, politics, culture, and society, with emphases including but not limited to African American issues, women's issues, and/or higher education.

Additional information is available at www.woodrow.org/nwm.

To download a one page brochure click here.

Posted: October 25, 2016
Tagged: Awards and Prizes


2017 HABS/SAH Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship for Student Architectural Historians

Attention Student Architectural Historians!

Spend your summer conducting research on a nationally significant U.S. building or site and preparing a history to become part of the permanent HABS collection. The HABS/SAH Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship, a joint program of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), permits a graduate student in architectural history or a related field to work on a 12-week HABS history project during the summer of 2017. The Fellow's research interests and goals will inform the building or site selected for documentation by HABS staff. HABS is a program of the National Park Service and the Fellow is usually stationed at our Washington, DC office. The award consists of a $10,000 stipend, and SAH conference registration and travel expenses up to $1,000.

Please visit our website for application instructions.

For More Information: http://www.nps.gov/hdp/jobs/tompkins.htm

Application Deadline - Dec. 31, 2016.

Posted: October 25, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


Legacies of the Manhattan Project at 75 Years

The Manhattan Project was, arguably, the defining event of the twentieth century. More even than the Second World War itself, the Manhattan Project and its Cold War legacy altered the course of world history. For decades shrouded in secrecy and nourished by fear, we are only now—some seventy-five years on—beginning to understand the full effects of that event and its complex aftermath.

Predictably, then, the various legacies of the Manhattan Project have been central to a remarkably diverse and cross-disciplinary body of scholarship. Moreover, ongoing declassification of Manhattan Project-era materials and opening of archives has allowed access to new sources that have forced reevaluations of key decisions and outcomes in virtually every field of research touching on the atomic and nuclear age.

"Legacies of the Manhattan Project" will bring these disparate academic conversations together at a key moment for understanding the origins and consequences of our nuclear past, present, and future.

We invite papers that deal with any aspect of this topic, regardless of disciplinary perspective. Possible themes include (but are not limited to) reconsiderations of

· the rise of the military-industrial complex
· the history of science and technology
· the sociology and politics of the Cold War
· environmental impacts and waste remediation
· literatures of the environment
· the impact of technology on the American West and its
indigenous and settler cultures.

We welcome submissions from both established and emerging scholars for 20 minute panel papers, panel proposals of 3-4 panelists, and plenary sessions of no more than 60 minutes.

Please direct abstracts (not to exceed 250 words) and inquiries to ourhanfordhistory@tricity.wsu.edu no later than January 6, 2017.

For More Information: http://www.tricities.wsu.edu/hanfordhistory

Posted: October 19, 2016
Tagged: Calls for Papers


Massachusetts Historical Society Fellowships

The first of our deadlines, for MHS-NEH support, is January 15, 2017!

The Massachusetts Historical Society will offer more than three dozen research fellowships for the academic year 2017-2018, including two MHS-NEH Long-term Fellowships made possible by an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The stipend, governed by an NEH formula, is $4,200 per month for a minimum of four months and a maximum of twelve months. The Society adds a monthly supplement, payable directly to the MHS-NEH Fellow, of $562.50.

MHS Short-term Fellowships carry a stipend of $2,000 to support four or more weeks of research in the Society's collections. The Boston Athenaeum and the MHS will offer one Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship on the Civil War, its Origins, and Consequences for at least four weeks at each institution. This fellowship carries a stipend of $4,000. The Society also participates in the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium of twenty-two organizations. These grants provide a stipend of $5,000 for a total of eight or more weeks of research conducted at three or more participating institutions.

For more information, please visit www.masshist.org/research/fellowships, email fellowships@masshist.org or phone 617-646-0568. MHS-NEH application deadline: January 15, 2017. New England Regional Fellowship Consortium deadline: February 1, 2017. Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship deadline: February 15, 2017. MHS Short-term Fellowship deadline: March 1, 2017.

Posted: October 19, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


AEF's 2017 Visiting Professor Program (VPP)

The VPP is a seven-day fellowship for professors of advertising, marketing, communications and the liberal arts. It allows professors and industry to develop a mutually beneficial relationship and to share research. The VPP gives professors a greater understanding of the industry while host companies have an opportunity to develop closer ties to academia. Professors witness first-hand the day-to-day operations of a company, while bringing academic expertise to that company. In addition, host companies tap into research and expertise from an academic POV as well as establishing a pipeline to students for internships and jobs.

Application deadlines for the 2017 VPP is 1/31/17.

Visit www.aef.com for further information.

Posted: October 14, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


Journal of American History Executive Editor Named


The OAH is pleased to announce that Benjamin H. Irvin, associate professor at the University of Arizona, has been named the new Executive Editor of the Journal of American History and associate professor in the department of history at Indiana University, Bloomington. Irvin has worked on the editorial boards or staffs of Common-Place: The Journal of Early American Life, History Compass, and the Journal of American History.

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Posted: October 14, 2016
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession


Reminder - 2017 OAH Election Information

One hundred voting members of the Organization may present a petition for an additional candidate for any office open for election, such petition to be presented to the Executive Director by October 15. The names of persons so nominated shall be placed on the official ballot, being identified as "candidate by petition." The ballot shall also contain a space where members may suggest candidates for the following year.

Voting for the 2017 OAH Election will open December 1, 2016, and will be entirely online.

Please contact us at oah@oah.org with any questions.

2017 Slate of Candidates

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Posted: October 14, 2016
Tagged: News of the Organization


OAH Member Rebecca Jo Plant Named Recipient of the 2016 Letitia Woods Brown Article Prize

OAH member Rebecca Jo Plant and her co-author, Frances Clarke, have received the 2016 Letitia Woods Brown Article Prize, given annually by the Association of Black Women Historians. Their article, "'The Crowning Insult': Federal Segregation and the Gold Star Mother and Widow Pilgrimages of the Early 1930s," appeared in the September 2015 issue of the Journal of American History. The OAH congratulates Professors Plant and Clarke on their accomplishment.

Posted: October 14, 2016
Tagged: Clio's Kudos


Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

The Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture offers a variety of long-term, short-term, and travel fellowships to scholars at the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels.

Application deadlines vary. Application guidelines and program details can be found here under "Fellowships."

Posted: October 14, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


Fellowships in the History of Knowledge, Race & Ethnicity, Religion, Kinship, Migration

The German Historical Institute, Washington, DC, is now accepting applications for a 6 to 12-month fellowships in:

1) The History of Knowledge
2) The History of Race and Ethnicity
3) The History of Religion and Religiosity
4) The History of Family and Kinship
5) The History of Migration

The fellowship term begins September 1, 2017.

The Fellow is expected to be in residence in Washington, DC, and participate in GHI activities and events. The Fellow will have the opportunity to make use of the resources in the Washington metropolitan area, including the Library of Congress and the National Archives, while pursuing his or her own research. Travel within the US to work in archives and libraries will also be possible. Candidates doing original research for a dissertation or a second book project will be given preference.

The fellowship is open to both doctoral and postdoctoral scholars. The monthly stipend is € 1,700 for doctoral students and € 3,000 for postdoctoral scholars from European institutions; students and scholars based at North American institutions will receive a stipend of $1,900 or $3,200 respectively. In addition, fellowship recipients based in Europe will receive reimbursement for their round-trip airfare to the U.S.

To apply please send a cover letter, a CV, a copy of your most recent diploma or transcripts, at least one letter of reference (sent separately), a research project proposal (5-pages or 2,000 words max), and a research schedule for the fellowship period, no later than December 1, 2016. Applicants may write in either English or German; we recommend that they use the language in which they are most proficient. Please also clearly state in the application why your project is a good fit for this specific fellowship. Applications should be sent electronically as single PDF via e-mail to Bryan Hart at fellowships@ghi-dc.org.

For More Information: http://www.ghi-dc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=287&Itemid=62

Posted: October 11, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships


Cummings book prize, Vernacular Architecture Forum

Call for Nominations: 2017 Abbott Lowell Cummings Book Prize
Due December 15, 2016

The Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize, named after the founding president of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, is awarded annually to the publication that has made the most significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes. In judging the nominated books, the jurors look for a publication that is:
- based on primary research,
- emphasizes fieldwork that takes seriously the materiality of architecture and landscapes, and draws on particular elements of environments as evidence.
- breaks new ground in interpretation or methodology, and
- contributes generally to the intellectual vitality of vernacular studies in North America

Entries may come from any discipline concerned with vernacular architecture studies. Books published from January 2015 through December 2016 are eligible for consideration. Edited collections of previously published materials are not eligible.

The deadline for the 2017 Cummings Prize is December 15, 2016.

There is no application form, but a cover letter should include a complete mailing address, phone number and email address in order to notify the candidate should the nominated work receive the award.

Books should be sent directly to each of the three committee members for the Cummings Prize. Please contact the committee chair with any questions at cummingsprize (at) vafweb.org.

2017 Cummings Prize committee:

Ryan Smith, chair
Department of History
Virginia Commonwealth University
811 S. Cathedral Place
Richmond, VA 23284-9105

Annmarie Adams
School of Architecture
McGill University
815 Sherbrooke St. West
Montreal, QC, Canada H3A 0C2
*To avoid customs charges for the book recipients, please ensure the shippers pay all duties and taxes. The parcels must arrive Delivered Duty Paid (DDP).

Robert Saint-George
Department of History
University of Pennsylvania
1 College Hall, Room 208
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6379

More information is available at: http://www.vafweb.org/Cummings-Prize

Posted: October 11, 2016
Tagged: Awards and Prizes


2017 Research Fellowships at the Virginia Historical Society

To promote the interpretation of Virginia history and access to its collections, the Virginia Historical Society, funded by a matching grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and gifts from individuals, offers research fellowships of up to three weeks a year. For the purpose of this program, a week is defined as five days in the VHS library, which is open 10–5, Monday through Saturday.

The deadline for applications is Friday, January 27, 2017.

Contact Info:
John M. McClure, Chair, Research Fellowships and Awards Committee
Virginia Historical Society
P.O. Box 7311
Richmond, VA 23221-0311
Telephone: 804.342.9686
Fax: 804.355.2399

For More Information: http://www.vahistorical.org/collections-and-resources/how-we-can-help-your-research/researcher-resources/research-fellowship-and

Posted: October 11, 2016
Tagged: Fellowships