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National Humanities Center Residential Fellowships 2017-18
The National Humanities Center invites applications for academic-year or one-semester residencies. Fellowship applicants must have a PhD or equivalent scholarly credentials. Mid-career as well as senior scholars from all areas of the humanities are welcome; emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work are also invited to apply. The Center does not normally support the revision of a doctoral dissertation. Located in the progressive Triangle region of North Carolina, the Center affords access to the rich cultural and intellectual communities supported by the area's research institutes, universities, and dynamic arts scene. Fellows have private studies; the library service delivers all research materials.
Scholars from all parts of the globe are eligible; a stipend and travel expenses are provided. The deadline for applications is October 18, 2016.
The National Humanities Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national or ethnic origin, handicap, sexual orientation, or age. We are dedicated to fair treatment, diversity, and inclusion.
For more information: http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/become-a-fellow/
Posted: June 24, 2016
The Alfred D. Chandler Jr. Travel Fellowships
The purpose of this fellowship is to facilitate library and archival research in business or economic history. Individual grants range from $1,000 to $3,000. Three categories of applicants will be eligible for grants: 1) Harvard University graduate students in history, economics, or business administration, whose research requires travel to distant archives or repositories; 2) graduate students or nontenured faculty in those fields from other universities, in the U.S. and abroad, whose research requires travel to Baker Library and other local archives; and 3) Harvard College undergraduates writing senior theses in these fields whose research requires travel away from Cambridge.
To apply, send a CV, a summary of past academic research (of 1-2 pages), and a detailed description of the research you wish to undertake (of 2-3 pages). Applicants must indicate the amount of money requested (up to $3,000). Please also arrange to have one letter of reference sent independently of the application. The deadline for receipt of applications is November 1 of the calendar year preceding that in which the fellowship is to be used. All materials should be sent to Walter A. Friedman, Connell 301A, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA 02163. E-mail: email@example.com.
For More Information: http://www.hbs.edu/businesshistory/fellowships/Pages/default.aspx
Posted: May 23, 2016
The Harvard-Newcomen Postdoctoral Fellowship in Business History
To be awarded for twelve months' residence, study, and research at Harvard Business School. The fellowship is open to scholars who, within the last ten years, have received a Ph.D. in history, economics, or a related discipline. This fellowship is to enable scholars to engage in research that will benefit from the resources of Harvard Business School and the larger Boston scholarly community. A travel fund and a book fund will be provided. This fellowships will also provide an opportunity for the fellow to participate in the activities of Harvard Business School. This can take several forms. The fellow can research and write a case, under the direction of a senior faculty member, to be used in one of the business history courses. She or he might also organize a research conference under the auspices of the Business History Initiative, or assist the Initiative's ongoing projects in other ways.
Applicants should submit a CV, undergraduate transcript and graduate-school record, thesis abstract, and writing sample (such as an article or a book chapter). Applicants should also state the topics, objectives, and design for the specific research to be undertaken. Finally, applicants should indicate the names of three people who will write references on their behalf. The three letters of recommendation are to be submitted by the writers directly by October 17 of the calendar year preceding that in which the fellowship is to be used. It is the responsibility of the applicant to solicit these letters.
The fellowship will be awarded and all applicants notified by mid-January. The Fellowship will begin July 1.
Applications should be received no later than October 17 and submitted online to: https://poplar.hbs.edu/ofr/register/registerApplicant.htm. Please direct your recommenders to visit: https://poplar.hbs.edu/ofr/upload/startUploadRecommendation.htm.
Posted: May 23, 2016
Thomas K. McCraw Fellowship
This award honors the work and contributions of Thomas K. McCraw (1940-2012), who was Isidor Straus Professor of Business History at Harvard Business School. The fellowship enables established scholars from around the world whose primary interest is the business and economic history of the United States to spend time in residence at Harvard Business School. The main activities of the Thomas K. McCraw Fellow will be to conduct research in the archives of Baker Library or in other Boston-area libraries, present his or her work at a seminar, and interact with HBS faculty.
The Thomas K. McCraw Fellow will receive a stipend of $7,000 to cover travel and living expenses. Fellows are expected to be in residence for a minimum of two months. Recipients of the fellowship will receive work space, an e-mail account, a phone, a computer, an ID card, and access to the University's libraries and to the HBS Intranet for the duration of the appointment. Applicants should send a cover letter, a CV, and a two- to three-page research proposal to Walter A. Friedman, Connell 301A, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA 02163, U.S.A. This material can also be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications for the fellowship should arrive no later than October 3 of the calendar year preceding that in which the fellowship is to be used. The applicant should also arrange for two letters of reference, sent directly by the recommender, to arrive at the above address by October 3. Grants will be announced by the beginning of November.
For more information: http://www.hbs.edu/businesshistory/fellowships/Pages/default.aspx
Posted: May 23, 2016
The Alfred D. Chandler Jr. International Visiting Scholar in Business History Program
The Alfred D. Chandler Jr. International Visiting Scholar in Business History Program invites established scholars in business history based outside the United States to spend a period of time in residence at Harvard Business School. The Chandler International Visiting Scholar is expected to interact with faculty and researchers, present work at research seminars, and conduct business history research.
Recipients will be given a $7,000 stipend (payable at the end of their visit), office space, an e-mail account, phone, computer, ID card, and access to the University's libraries and the HBS Intranet. The program requires a two-month minimum length of stay. Scholars may stay up to a maximum of six months. Applicants should indicate when, during the calendar year, they would like to be in residence at the School. It is expected that the recipient will be actively engaged in the intellectual life of the business history group. Applicants should send a cover letter, a CV, and a two- to three-page research proposal to Walter A. Friedman, Connell 301A, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA 02163, U.S.A. This material can also be sent via e-mail to email@example.com. Applications for the fellowship should arrive no later than October 3 of the calendar year preceding that in which the fellowship is to be used. The applicant should also arrange for two letters of reference, sent directly by the recommender, to arrive at the above address by October 3. Grants will be announced by the beginning of November.
For More Information: http://www.hbs.edu/businesshistory/fellowships/Pages/default.aspx
Posted: May 23, 2016
2017-18 Fellowship Awards Announcement
Each year, the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, invites between 20 and 25 scholars to be in residence for the full academic year to pursue their own research. The School welcomes applications in economics, political science, law, psychology, sociology and anthropology. It encourages social scientific work with an historical and humanistic bent and also entertains applications in history, philosophy, literary criticism, literature and linguistics. Applicants must have a Ph.D. at time of application. Each year there is a general thematic focus that provides common ground for roughly half the scholars; for 2017-2018 the focus will be The Social Sciences in a Changing World. The application deadline is November 1, 2016. Applications must be submitted through the Institute's online application system, which opens June 1 and can be found, along with more information about the theme, at www.sss.ias.edu/applications.
Posted: May 5, 2016
John Nolen Research Fund, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University
The John Nolen Research Fund, established through the generosity of the Nolen family, provides assistance to scholars to conduct research in the John Nolen Papers and allied collections in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections of the Cornell University Library. Any qualified researcher interested in the history of city and regional planning before 1950 with a project that can be augmented by using the Nolen Papers is eligible to apply. Applications are due by April 30, 2016; awards will be made by May 31 for support to begin on July 1, 2016. For fellowship information and application requirements, please visit https://rare.library.cornell.edu/services/funding/nolen
Posted: March 24, 2016
Evers Research Scholars Program
A new program at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History will facilitate increased use of the department's holdings and the publication of original research findings. The Medgar and Myrlie Evers Research Scholars Program, a collaboration between MDAH and the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, encourages work in the history of civil and human rights at the state archives in Jackson.
A stipend of $4,000 will be awarded to the Evers Scholar. The funds may be used to cover travel, housing, and other expenses, including costs of research.
"The intent is to allow young university faculty and upper-level graduate students to settle in and complete a substantial project," said Archives and Records Services director Julia Marks Young. "You really need several weeks to take full advantage of the world-class civil rights holdings of MDAH "
Candidates will submit a CV along with a detailed project description, sample of their work, breakdown of proposed expenses, and references. Applications must be received by March 25, 2016.
For more information, contact Brittany Henderson (601.576.6850).
For more information: http://mdah.state.ms.us/new
Posted: March 8, 2016
Massachusetts Historical Society Short-term Fellowships
Application deadline: March 1, 2016.
Massachusetts Historical Society Short-term Fellowships carry a stipend of $2,000 to support four or more weeks of research in the MHS collections sometime between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. Approximately twenty awards will be made. Short-term fellowships are open to independent scholars, advanced graduate students, and holders of the Ph.D. or the equivalent.
Manuscripts form the heart of the collections at the MHS. The Society houses more than 12 million pieces in 3,600 separate collections of personal papers and institutional records. The Society's collections also include several hundred thousand books, more than 10,000 broadsides, 30,000 18th- and 19th-century pamphlets, 2,500 maps, 120,000 photographs, and 660 works of art.
Apply online at https://www.masshist.org/research/fellowships/short-term Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 617-646-0568.
Posted: February 19, 2016
The German Historical Institute Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships
The German Historical Institute Washington, DC awards short-term fellowships to European and North American doctoral students as well as postdoctoral scholars in the fields of German history, the history of German-American relations, and the history of the role of Germany and the USA in international relations. These fellowships are also available to European doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars in the field of American history. The fellowships are usually granted for periods of one to five months. The research projects must draw upon primary sources located in the United States. The next deadline for applications is April 1, 2016.
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Posted: February 18, 2016
2016 ACLS Public Fellows Program
Expanding the Reach of Doctoral Education in the Humanities
The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the sixth annual competition of the Public Fellows program. In 2016, ACLS will place up to 21 recent humanities PhDs in two-year positions at diverse organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. This career-building initiative aims to demonstrate that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy.
In 2016, Public Fellows have the opportunity to join one of the following organizations:
- American Friends Service Committee – Communications Analyst
- American Public Media Group – Senior Research Analyst, Engagement & Inclusion
- Center for Genetics and Society – Project Director on Race, Genetics, and Society
- Center for Investigative Reporting – Membership Engagement Manager
- City of Atlanta, City Auditor's Office – Senior Performance Auditor
- Chicago Humanities Festival – Digital Programming Strategist
- Grand St. Settlement – Community Engagement & Policy Advocate
- International Rescue Committee – Impact Evaluation Advisor
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Digital Content Specialist
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Executive Communications Specialist
- National Park Service – Cultural Resources Public Outreach Coordinator
- National Partnership for Women & Families – Workplace Programs Federal Policy
- Philanthropy Northwest – Communities of Practice Manager
- Ploughshares Fund – Political Engagement Strategist
- Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting – Education Specialist
- Rare – Global Philanthropy Specialist
- Smithsonian Enterprises – Business Development Associate
- Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative – Program Manager, Scholarly and Public
- Southern Poverty Law Center – Research and Investigations Specialist
- The Texas Tribune – Research Analyst
- The Reinvestment Fund – Policy Analyst
Competitive applicants will have been successful in both academic and extra-academic experiences and will aspire to careers in administration, management, and public service by choice rather than circumstance. Applicants must possess US citizenship or permanent resident status and have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between January 1, 2013 and June 12, 2016.
Applications will be accepted starting January 14, 2016, through the ACLS online application system (OFA). All applications must be received by the deadline of March 24, 2016, 8 pm EDT. Applicants should not contact any of the organizations directly. Please visit www.acls.org/programs/publicfellowscomp for complete position descriptions and application information.
This program is supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Posted: February 1, 2016
New England Regional Fellowship Consortium
The application deadline for New England Regional Fellowship Consortium (NERFC) funding for 2016-2017 is February 1, 2016. The NERFC, a collaboration of twenty-one major cultural agencies, will offer at least sixteen awards in 2016-2017. Each grant will provide a stipend of $5,000 for eight or more weeks of research at participating institutions.
Participants include: Baker Library, Harvard Business School; Boston Athenaeum; Boston Public Library Rare Books and Collections of Distinction; Colonial Society of Massachusetts; Congregational Library and Archives; Connecticut Historical Society; Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Harvard Law School Special Collections; Historic Deerfield; Houghton Library, Harvard University; John Hay Library, Brown University; Maine Historical Society; Massachusetts Historical Society; Mystic Seaport; New England Historic Genealogical Society; New Hampshire Historical Society; Rauner Special Collections Library, Dartmouth College; Rhode Island Historical Society; Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College; and Vermont Historical Society.
Questions? Email email@example.com.
For More Information: http://www.nerfc.org
Posted: December 28, 2015
Ruth J. Simmons Postdoctoral Fellow for the Study of Slavery & Justice at Brown University
The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University invites applications for a one-year position (2016-2017) as the Ruth J. Simmons Postdoctoral Fellow in Slavery and Justice.
Location: Providence, RI
Closes: Feb 15, 2016
The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) is a scholarly research center with a public humanities mission. Recognizing that racial and chattel slavery were central to the historical formation of the Americas and the modern world, the CSSJ creates a space for the interdisciplinary study of the historical forms of slavery while also examining how these legacies shape our contemporary world. We are also attentive to contemporary forms of human bondage and injustice. The Center is devoted to interdisciplinary scholarly research around issues of racial slavery, contemporary forms of injustice, as well as freedom.
Applicants should have Ph.D. in any humanities or social science discipline and have received their degree within the last five years (or will obtain a Ph.D. by June 2016) and work on questions concerning the historical formations of slavery in global or comparative terms; issues concerning contemporary forms of indentured servitude; philosophical, historical, and theoretical questions concerning slavery, justice, and freedom. Consideration will also be given to candidates whose work pays special attention to contemporary issues and legacies of slavery. Applicants working on questions of gender, contemporary racial formations, public history, and memory are welcome. The successful applicant will be expected to be an active participant in the Center's regular brown bag lunch series, and will have the option to teach a course in the semester of his/her choosing.
Applicants should apply online at: http://apply.interfolio.com/33212
Please include a cover letter, current CV, a writing sample, and three letters of reference.
For more information: http://brown.edu/initiatives/slavery-and-justice/ruth-j-simmons-postdoctoral-fellow-study-slavery-justice-2016-2017
Posted: December 15, 2015
NEH Public Scholar Grant Opportunity
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites applications for the 2016 round of the Public Scholar Program, which is intended to support well-researched books in the humanities that have been conceived and written to reach a broad readership. Books supported through the Public Scholar Program might present a narrative history, tell the stories of important individuals, analyze significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic. Most importantly, they should present significant humanities topics in a way that is accessible to general readers.
The Public Scholar Program is open to both independent scholars and individuals affiliated with scholarly institutions. It offers a stipend of $4,200 per month for a period of six to twelve months. The maximum stipend is $50,400 for a twelve-month period. Applicants must have U.S. citizenship or residency in the U.S. for the three years prior to the application deadline. In addition, they must have previously published a book with a university or commercial press or at least three articles and essays in publications reaching a large national or international audience.
Application guidelines (including a full statement of the eligibility requirements) and a list of F.A.Q.'s for the Public Scholar Program are available on the NEH's website at http://www.neh.gov/grants/research/public-scholar-program. The application deadline for this cycle is February 2, 2016. Recipients may begin the term of the grant as early as September 1, 2016 or as late as September 1, 2017. In the last cycle of the competition, the Endowment received 485 applications and made 36 awards.
The press release announcing the 36 winners in last year's competition is available here: http://www.neh.gov/news/press-release/2015-07-29
Posted: December 9, 2015
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Application Deadline Approaches For New York Historical Society's 2016-2017 Fellowships
The deadline to apply for the New-York Historical Society's prestigious fellowship program for the 2016–2017 academic year is January 5, 2016. Designed to encourage and promote the use of New-York Historical's extraordinary collections of documents, artifacts, and works of art detailing American history from the perspective of New York City, the fellowships are open to scholars at various times during their academic careers. Details about applications, residency, stipends, and past fellows are available by visiting http://www.nyhistory.org/library/fellowships.
The nine fellowships available for the 2016–2017 academic year include:
- Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Women's History
- Bernard and Irene Schwartz Fellowships
- Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowships
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
- Patricia and John Klingenstein Short-Term Fellowships
ABOUT THE NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The New-York Historical Society, one of America's pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.
ABOUT THE PATRICIA D. KLINGENSTEIN LIBRARY
The New-York Historical Society's Patricia D. Klingenstein Library is one of the oldest and most distinguished in the United States, containing more than three million books, pamphlets, maps, atlases, newspapers, broadsides, music sheets, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings. The Klingenstein Library is one of only 16 libraries in the United States qualified to be a member of the Independent Research Libraries Association. Among its collections are far-ranging materials relating to the founding and early history of the nation; one of the best collections of 18th-century newspapers in the United States; an outstanding collection of materials documenting slavery and Reconstruction; an exceptional collection of Civil War material, including Ulysses S. Grant's terms of surrender for Robert E. Lee; collections relating to trials in the United States prior to 1860; American fiction, poetry and belles-lettres prior to 1850; a broad range of materials relating to the history of the circus; and American travel accounts from the colonial era to the present day.
Posted: December 7, 2015
Archie K. Davis Fellowships
To encourage more extensive and intensive research in North Carolina's historical and cultural resources, the North Caroliniana Society offers on a competitive basis Archie K. Davis Fellowships to assist scholars in gaining access to collections. Stipends vary and are intended to cover travel expenses while fellows conduct research in North Caroliniana. The annual deadline for proposals is March 1. Visit www.ncsociety.org for specific guidelines.
Posted: November 20, 2015
HABS/SAH Sally Kress Tompkins Summer Research Fellowship
The HABS/SAH Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship is a joint program of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) that permits a graduate student architectural historian to work on a 12-week HABS history project during the summer of 2016. The applicant should be pursuing studies in U.S. architectural history or a related field. The Fellow has the opportunity to conduct research on a nationally significant U.S. building or site and prepare a history to become part of the permanent HABS collection. The Fellow's research interests and goals will inform the building or site selected for documentation by HABS staff. The award consists of a $10,000 stipend.
Applications due December 31, 2015.
For more information: http://www.nps.gov/hdp/jobs/tompkins.htm
Posted: November 19, 2015
Call for Applications - Tyson Scholars of American Art
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art invites applications for the 2016-2017 Tyson Scholars of American Art Program. The residential program supports full-time scholarship in the history of American art, 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.
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 and 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 are variable 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 and application instructions can be found at http://crystalbridges.org/art/tyson-scholars/, or via email to TysonScholars@crystalbridges.org. Applicants will be 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 2016–2017 academic year is January 15, 2016.
Posted: November 16, 2015
Cornell University College of Human Ecology History of Home Economics Fellowship
The College of Human Ecology at Cornell University is accepting applications for the 2016 Dean's Fellowship in the History of Home Economics. We invite faculty members, research scholars, and advanced graduate students (must be eligible to work in the United States) with demonstrated background and experience in historical studies to apply for this post-graduate opportunity. The fellowship recipient will receive an award of $6,500 for a summer or sabbatical residency of approximately six weeks to use the unique resources available from the College and the Cornell University Library system in pursuit of scholarly research in the history of Home Economics and its impact on American society.
At the conclusion of the residency the fellowship recipient will provide a final report to the dean, including a bibliography of research pursued, and preservation recommendations for pertinent library and archival holdings. In addition, the recipient will be invited to give a public presentation on their research at a later date. Research projects should be intended for publication.
Relevant historical subject areas may include, but are not limited to:
history of food, nutrition, housing, consumer economics, the family, child development, design, clothing and textiles, and history of women in higher education among other key topics in American social history.
The deadline for receipt of all application materials is March 4, 2016. For additional information, see: http://www.human.cornell.edu/fellowship/ Please circulate this announcement to interested individuals.
Posted: November 11, 2015
Massachusetts Historical Society Research Fellowships
The first deadline, which is for MHS-NEH support, is January 15, 2016.
The Massachusetts Historical Society will offer more than three dozen research fellowships for the academic year 2016-2017, including two MHS-NEH Long-term Fellowships made possible by an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Their stipend, governed by an NEH formula, was $4,200 per month in 2015 for a minimum of four months and a maximum of twelve months. 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-one organizations. These grants provide a stipend of $5,000 for eight or more weeks of research at participating institutions.
With questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 617-646-0568. MHS-NEH application deadline: January 15, 2016. New England Regional Fellowship Consortium deadline: February 1, 2016. Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship deadline: February 15, 2016. MHS Short-term Fellowship deadline: March 1, 2016.
For more information: http://www.masshist.org/research/fellowships
Posted: November 3, 2015