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University of Glasgow Historians Awarded National Humanities Center Fellowship

Daniel Scroop, a historian of the United States based at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, has been awarded the Walter Hines Page Fellowship at the National Humanities Center for his work on The Politics of Scale in America. He will spend the 2015-16 year at the Center working on his book manuscript, a study of critiques of bigness and concentrated power in US politics from the 1890s to the present.

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Posted: June 12, 2015
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2016-17 Fellowship Announcement

Each year, the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, invites about twenty 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 2016-2017 the focus will be Law and the Social Sciences. The application deadline is November 1, 2015. Applications must be submitted through the Institute's online application system, which can be found, along with more information about the theme, at www.sss.ias.edu/applications.

Posted: April 28, 2015
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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, 2015; awards will be made by May 31 for support to begin on July 1, 2015. For fellowship information and application requirements, please visit http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/collections/john_nolen_research_fund.html

Posted: March 12, 2015
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Buffalo Bill Center of the West 2015-2016 Resident Fellowships

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, seeks applications for its 2015-2016 Resident Fellowship Program. The Center's Resident Fellowships, which carry a maximum $5,000 award, support research on topics relating to the past, present and future of the American West. Applications are due May 13, 2015, for projects beginning in June 2015; research must be completed by May 31, 2016. For more information and application guidelines, please visit http://centerofthewest.org/research/fellowship-program/.

Posted: March 3, 2015
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NASOH Bradford $1,000 Dissertation Fellowship in Naval History

Applications due 15 March 2015. Eligibility: Applicants must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. at the time of application and
have an approved dissertation proposal on file at their degree-granting institution.
Topics in all periods of United States and North American naval history, including strategy, tactics,
and operations; institutional development and administration; biography, personnel, and social
development; exploration, science, and technology and science; and policy and diplomacy.
Application form at http://www.nasoh.org/Brdfrd%20Applctn.pdf

Posted: February 13, 2015
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Women's International Study Center: Fellowship-in-Residence

DESCRIPTION: WISC's Fellowships-in-Residence are intended as professional development opportunities for women and men who wish to pursue work in WISC's four focus areas: women in the arts, sciences, cultural preservation and business. There are two distinct Fellows-in-Residence application processes available: one for individual applicants and another for groups seeking a residency experience. Individual Fellowships average two to eight weeks in length. Group residencies are available for a period of 3 days to 2 weeks in length. WISC can accommodate a group size of 2-3 individuals year-round and 4-6 individuals during the months of June and July.

WHERE: Santa Fe, NM. Acequia Madre House Guesthouses.

DEADLINE: March 15, 2015 to be considered for the Fall 2015 Fellowship-in-Residence trimester (September - November). Applicants may also choose to apply for the Winter/Spring 2016 Fellowship-in-Residence trimester (January - April) by the same deadline.

Posted: February 12, 2015
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Graduate Research Fellowship at the Center for Jewish History

The Graduate Research Fellowship at the Center for Jewish History offers the opportunity for doctoral candidates to explore the collections of the Center's partners - American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Preference is given to projects that make use of more than one partner collection.

Applicants should have completed all requirements (coursework, exams, dissertation proposal) for the doctoral degree except for the dissertation by September 1, 2015.

Fellowships entail a stipend of up to $17,500 and applicants from universities more than 125 miles away from New York City may be entitled to additional funding of up to $5,000 to offset moving expenses.
Application deadline: February 2, 2015

Learn more about fellowships and apply at fellowships.cjh.org

Christopher Barthel, PhD, Senior Manager for Academic and Public Programs
Center for Jewish History | 15 West 16th St | New York, NY 10011 | fellowships@cjh.org

Posted: January 14, 2015
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Ruth J. Simmons Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Study of Slavery and Justice

The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University invites applications for a one-year position (2015-2016) as the Ruth J. Simmons Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Study of Slavery and Justice. The Center is devoted to interdisciplinary scholarly research around issues of racial slavery, contemporary forms of injustice, as well as freedom. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in any humanities or social science discipline (or will obtain a Ph.D. by June 2015) 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 a pplicant would be expected to offer one course in a department to be agreed upon at the time of hire. He/she will be expected to be a regular participant in the Fellows seminar at the Cogut Center for the Humanities. The fellowship stipend will be $45,000- $50,000.

Search Opens December 15. Deadline is February 16, 2015.

For More Information: http://apply.interfolio.com/28187

Posted: January 8, 2015
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Revised Announcement: 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.

For More Information: http://ncsociety.org/fellowships.html

Posted: December 9, 2014
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Research Fellowships at The Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston

Applications are now available for Summer 2015 Research Fellowships at The Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston. Fellowships are 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. Application and supporting materials must be postmarked by February 2, 2015. For further information regarding Library collections and the fellowship program, please visit http://www.marybakereddylibrary.org/fellowships or contact 617-450-7316, fellowships@mbelibrary.org.

Posted: November 6, 2014
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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. Modest stipends vary and are intended to cover a portion of 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 3, 2014
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Fellowships in American History at the New-York Historical Society

The New-York Historical Society offers up to ten fellowships for the 2015-2016 academic year. Designed to encourage and promote the use of its extraordinary collections of primary and secondary sources relating to the history of New York and the United States, the fellowships are open to scholars at various times during their academic careers. Deadline is January 5, 2015.

For More Information: http://www.nyhistory.org/library/fellowships

Posted: October 29, 2014
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Massachusetts Historical Society Fellowships

The Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston will offer more than three dozen research fellowships for the academic year 2015-2016, 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, will be $4,200 per month 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 fellowships@masshist. org or phone 617-646-0568.

For more information: https://www.masshist.org/research/fellowships/

Posted: October 28, 2014
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Pamela H. Simpson Presenter's Fellowships

In memory of Pamela H. Simpson, whose commitment to mentoring young scholars touched the lives of numerous students and colleagues, the VAF Board of Directors has renamed the Annual Presenter's Fellowships the Pamela H. Simpson Presenter's Fellowships.

Since 1989, the VAF Board of Directors has allocated funding for financial assistance to students and young professionals presenting papers at VAF annual conferences. Awards are intended to offset conference and travel cost for students, and to attract developing scholars to the organization.

Any person presenting a paper at a VAF annual conference who is currently enrolled in a degree-granting program, or who has received a degree within one year of the annual conference and merits financial assistance, is eligible to apply. The Pamela H. Simpson Presenter's Fellowship is a one-time award not to exceed $500. Previous awardees are not eligible to apply, even if their status has changed.
Recipients of Simpson Fellowships are expected to participate fully in the conference, including tours and workshops. The VAF annual conference is an opportunity not only to learn about vernacular architecture, but also to establish professional contacts. The conference's unique structure lends itself to conversation and study.

Application Process
To apply for a Pamela H. Simpson Presenter's Fellowship for the upcoming conference, please prepare a one-page document with the information:

Institution or Company
Degree Program (if a student)
Date Degree Received (if a graduate)
Street Address
Email Address
Telephone Number
Paper Title
An estimated budget for your travel to the conference: budget should include travel, housing, conference registration, tours, banquet, food and any miscellaneous expenses.

Please submit an electronic copy of your application in PDF format to:
Paula A. Mohr at simpsonfellowship@vafweb.org

The deadline is January 1, 2015, for the Simpson Fellowship application.

For information about submitting a paper proposal for the 2015 conference, see the Call for Papers at: http://www.vafchicago.org

The deadline for Paper Proposals is January 1, 2015. Submissions should be emailed at that time to the VAF Papers Committee Chair at papers@vafweb.org.

For More Information: http://www.vafweb.wildapricot.org/Simpson-presenters

Posted: October 23, 2014
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Cornell University History of Home Economics Fellowship

Cornell University College of Human Ecology History of Home Economics Fellowship

The College of Human Ecology at Cornell University is accepting applications for the 2015 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, the family, child development, 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 3, 2015. For additional information, see: http://www.human.cornell.edu/Fellowship/index.cfm Please circulate this announcement to interested individuals.

Posted: October 17, 2014
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The Fourth Annual Thoreau Society Short-Term Research Fellowships

The Thoreau Society is pleased to announce the fourth annual Thoreau Society Short-Term Research Fellowships.

Recipients will receive $500 towards travel and research expenses at archives in the Greater-Boston area on Thoreau related projects, as well as free attendance at the Thoreau Society 2015 Annual Gathering held in Concord MA in early July. Both emerging and established scholars are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to those candidates who will use the Thoreau Society Collections housed at the Thoreau Institute (described here: http://www.thoreausociety.org/research) for at least part of the fellowship period. Candidates are also encouraged to present their work at the Annual Gathering during the fellowship period or the year after the fellowship period. To apply, candidates should send an email to the Executive Director (Mike.Frederick@thoreausociety.org) with the following attachments:

1. A current curriculum vitae
2. A project proposal approximately 1,000 words in length, including: a description of the project; a statement explaining the scholarly significance of the project; and an indication of the specific archives and collections the applicant wishes to consult.
3. Graduate students only: A letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with the student's work and with the project being proposed. (This can be emailed to the Executive Director separately.)

Applications are due January 26, 2015. Awardees will be notified by March 6, 2015.

Please contact the Executive Director for more information.

Posted: October 13, 2014
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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. The fellowship has two purposes: The first 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. The second is to provide an opportunity for the fellow to participate in the activities of Harvard Business School. The fellow is required to research and write a case, under the direction of a senior faculty member, to be used in one of the business history courses.

The fellowship will be awarded and all applicants notified by mid-January. Salary is competitive. The fellowship will begin July 1.

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 15 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. Applications should be received no later than October 15 and submitted online to:


Please direct your recommenders to visit: https://poplar.hbs.edu/ofr/upload/startUploadRecommendation.htm.

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For more information: http://www.hbs.edu/businesshistory/fellowships/Pages/default.aspx

Posted: September 29, 2014
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United States Capitol Historical Society Fellowship 2015

Applications are invited for the twenty-ninth year of the United States Capitol Historical Society Fellowship. This fellowship is designed to support research and publication on the history, art, and architecture of the United States Capitol and related buildings. Graduate students and scholars may apply for periods ranging from one to twelve months; the stipend is $2500.00 per month. (Most awards are for one to three months.) Applications must be postmarked, e-mailed, or faxed by March 15, 2015, for the fellowship period beginning in September 2015 and ending in August 2016. Applications should be mailed to Dr. Donald Kennon, U.S. Capitol Historical Society, 200 Maryland Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002; faxed to the Architect of the Capitol at (202)-228-4602; or e-mailed in PDF format to bwolanin@aoc.gov and dkennon@uschs.org.

Further details can be found at www.uschs.org. If you have questions about a potential topic, contact Dr. Barbara Wolanin at (202)-228-2700 or bwolanin@aoc.gov.

Posted: September 23, 2014
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Newberry Library Fellowship Program

If you study the humanities, the Newberry has something for you!

Newberry fellowships provide support to researchers who wish to use our collection. We promise you intriguing and often rare materials; a lively, interdisciplinary community of researchers; individual consultations on your research with staff curators, librarians, and other scholars; and an array of both scholarly and public programs. Applicants may apply for both Long- and Short- Term Fellowships within one academic year. All applicants are strongly encouraged to consult the Newberry's online catalog and collection guides before applying.

We are now accepting applications for the 2015-16 academic year. For more information, visit our website: www.newberry.org/fellowships

Long-Term Fellowships (Deadline: December 1, 2014)
Long-Term Fellowships are intended to support individual scholarly research and promote serious intellectual exchange through active participation in the Newberry's scholarly activities. Applicants must hold a PhD at the time of application in order to eligible. Applicants may apply for 4 to 12 months of support, with a stipend of $4,200 per month. For more information, including a list of available Long-Term Fellowships, please visit www.newberry.org/long-term-fellowships.

Short-Term Fellowships (Deadline: January 15, 2015)
Short-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars, PhD candidates, and those who hold other terminal degrees. Most fellowships are restricted to scholars who live and work outside the Chicago Metro area. Short-Term Fellowships are generally awarded for one continuous month in residence at the Newberry, with stipends of $2,500 per month. Applicants must demonstrate a specific need for the Newberry's collection. For more information, including a list of available Short-Term Fellowships, please visit www.newberry.org/short-term-fellowships.

Please feel free to circulate or post this information.
Thank you!

Research and Academic Programs
The Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street | Chicago, IL 60610
312-255-3666 | research@newberry.org

Posted: September 19, 2014
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Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture Fellowships

The Omohundro Institute is comitted to building intellectual infrastructure. We are a dynamic community of authors, readers, and teachers dedicated to early American scholarship. 

Housed on the campus of William & Mary, the oldest public university in America, and situated in historic Williamsburg, Virginia, the Institute of Early American History and Culture was established in 1943 by the College of William & Mary and the colonial Williamsburg Foundation. The name of benefactors Mr. and Mrs. Malvern H. Omohundro, Jr., was added in 1996 in recognition of their generous support of the Institute. Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize winner and 2009 recpient of the National Humanties Medal as well as a MacArthur Fellow, characterizes the Institute as "one of the crown jewels of the American historical profession."

Omohundro Insitute - NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship
This two-year residential postdoctoral fellowship awarded annually. Scholars in any area of early American studies are eligible to apply. 

Lapidus-OIEAHC Fellowship 
We award up to eight predoctoral fellowships annually to support advanced graduate student research related to Early American and transatlantic print culture.

Colonial Williamsburg-Omohundro Institute Short-Term Visiting Fellowships 
These 1-3 month fellowships bring scholars, from advanced graduate students to senoir scholars, to Williamsburg, Virginia, to use the combined scholarly resources of both organizations.

Travel Scholarship Fellowship 
These fellowships are awarded to faculty and graduate students from developing countries so that they may participate in Institute conferences.

All aplication materials and complete information can be found on our website at www.oieahc.wm.edu under Fellowships.

Posted: September 16, 2014
Tagged: Fellowships, News of the Profession