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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:

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
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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 fellowships@masshist.org.

For More Information: http://www.nerfc.org

Posted: December 28, 2015
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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.

Application Instructions

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
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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:

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
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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. 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
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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
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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
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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
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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 fellowships@masshist.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
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Research Fellowships at The Mary Baker Eddy Library

Applications are now available for Summer 2016 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 1, 2016. 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 3, 2015
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American Philosophical Society Library Long-term Predoctoral Fellowships

The American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia seeks applicants for one-year resident fellowships to assist in the completion of doctoral dissertation research. One fellowship is offered in each of three areas of study:

-Native American and Indigenous Research
-Early American History (to 1840)
-History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Eligibility: These 12-month fellowships are intended for advanced Ph.D. students working toward the completion of the dissertation. The caliber of the project, and evidence that the project will be completed in a timely manner, are the two most important criteria for selection. The selection committee will also take into consideration the need to be at the APS Library and other research institutions in the Philadelphia area.

Stipend: $25,000 for twelve months

Deadline: January 15, 2016, notification in April 2016

Questions may be directed to the program administrator at libfellows@amphilsoc.org or 215-440-3443.

Full details are available at the application webpage. All application materials will be submitted online.

For more information, please visit http://www.amphilsoc.org/library/fellowships/long-term-pre-docs

Posted: October 13, 2015
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John Carter Brown Library Short- and Long-Term Fellowships

The John Carter Brown Library (JCB), an independently funded institution for advanced research on the campus of Brown University, will award approximately forty residential fellowships for the year July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. The Library contains one of the world's premier collections of primary materials related to the discovery, exploration, and settlement of the New World to 1825, including books, maps, newspapers, and other printed objects. JCB Fellowships are open to scholars and writers working on all aspects of the Americas in the early modern period.

Short-term Fellowships are for two to four months with a monthly stipend of $2,100. Open to US and foreign citizens who are engaged in pre- or post-doctoral or independent research. Graduate students must have passed their preliminary or general examinations at the time of application.

Long-Term Fellowships are for five to ten months with a monthly stipend of $4,200. These include two to four NEH Fellowships, for which an applicant must be a US citizen or have lived in the US for the three years preceding the application deadline, and other long-term JCB awards for which all nationalities are eligible. Graduate students are not eligible for long-term JCB Fellowships.

Recipients of all fellowships must relocate to Providence and be in continuous residence at the JCB for the full term of the award. Rooms are available for rent at Fiering House, the JCB's Fellows' residence, a beautifully restored 1869 house just four blocks from the Library.

The deadline for short- and long-term fellowships is December 1, 2015.

For more information - including information about Thematic and Cluster Fellowships - and application instructions, visit www.jcbl.org or e-mail jcb-fellowships@brown.edu.

Posted: October 9, 2015
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United States Capitol Historical Society Fellowship

Applications are invited for the thirtieth year of the United States Capitol Historical Society. This fellowship is designed to support research and publication on the history, art, architecture or landscape 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 $2,500.00 per month. (Most awards are for one to three months.) Applications must be postmarked or e-mailed by March 15, 2016, for the fellowship period beginning in September 2016 and ending in August 2017. Applications should be mailed to USCHS Fellowship Application, c/o William C. diGiacomantonio, United States Capitol Historical Society, 200 Maryland Avenue, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002; or e-mailed in PDF format to mcohen@aoc.gov and cdigiacomo@uschs.org.

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

Posted: September 28, 2015
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Fellowship Opportunities at the John Carter Brown Library

The John Carter Brown Library (JCB), an independently funded institution for advanced research on the campus of Brown University, will award approximately forty residential fellowships for the year July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. The Library contains one of the world's premier collections of primary materials related to the discovery, exploration, and settlement of the New World to 1825, including books, maps, newspapers, and other printed objects. JCB Fellowships are open to scholars and writers working on all aspects of the Americas in the early modern period.

Short-term Fellowships are for two to four months with a monthly stipend of $2,100. Open to US and foreign citizens who are engaged in pre- or post-doctoral or independent research. Graduate students must have passed their preliminary or general examinations at the time of application.

Long-Term Fellowships are for five to ten months with a monthly stipend of $4,200. These include two to four NEH Fellowships, for which an applicant must be a US citizen or have lived in the US for the three years preceding the application deadline, and other long-term JCB awards for which all nationalities are eligible. Graduate students are not eligible for long-term JCB Fellowships.

Recipients of all fellowships must relocate to Providence and be in continuous residence at the JCB for the full term of the award. Rooms are available for rent at Fiering House, the JCB's Fellows' residence, a beautifully restored 1869 house just four blocks from the Library.

The deadline for short- and long-term fellowships is December 1, 2015.

For more information - including information about Thematic and Cluster Fellowships - and application instructions, visit www.jcbl.org or e-mail jcb-fellowships@brown.edu.

Posted: September 25, 2015
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Newberry Library Fellowships

The Newberry Library is now accepting fellowship applications for the 2016-2017 academic year!

Newberry Library Fellowships provide assistance to researchers who wish to use our collection. We promise you intriguing and often rare materials; a lively, interdisciplinary community of researchers; individual consultations with staff curators, librarians, and other scholars; and an array of both scholarly and public programs.

For more information, visit our website: www.newberry.org/fellowships

Long-Term Fellowships
Deadline: November 15, 2015*
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. Fellowships provide 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: December 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 note our new deadlines for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Posted: September 25, 2015
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HBS: The Alfred D. Chandler Jr. International Visiting Scholar in Business History Program

The Alfred D. Chandler Jr. International Visiting Scholar in Business History Program seeks applicants who are established scholars in business history based outside the United States. Recipient receives a $7000 stipend and is required to stay at least two months but not more than six months at Harvard Business School. Main activities include interacting with faculty and researchers, presenting work at research seminars, and researching business history. Please send a cover letter that includes when you would like to be in residence, a CV, a two- to three-page research proposal, and two letters of reference to Walter A. Friedman, Connell 301A, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA 02163, U.S.A. —OR— via e-mail to wfriedman@hbs.edu. Letters of reference must be sent directly to the above address by the recommenders. Application materials and letters of reference are due by October 1.

For more information, please visit our Fellowships website:

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

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.

Posted: September 23, 2015
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Harvard Business School: Thomas K. McCraw Fellowship

The Thomas K. McCraw Fellowship seeks applicants who are established scholars from around the world interested in the business and economics history of the United States. Recipient receives a $7,000 stipend for travel and living expenses and is expected to be in residence at Harvard Business School a minimum of two months. Main activities include researching in Baker Library archives or other Boston-area libraries, presenting research at a seminar, and interacting with HBS faculty. Please send a cover letter, CV, a two- to three-page research proposal, and two letters of reference to Walter A. Friedman, Connell 301A, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA 02163, U.S.A. —OR— via email to wfriedman@hbs.edu. Letters of reference must be sent directly to the above address by the recommenders. Application materials and letters of reference are due by October 1.

For more information, please visit our Fellowships website:

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

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.

Posted: September 23, 2015
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Harvard Business School: Harvard-Newcomen Postdoctoral Fellowship Deadline Approaching

Closing date: October 15, 2015

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. The second purpose is to provide an opportunity for the fellow to participate in the activities of Harvard Business School. Applications should be received no later than October 15. For more information, please visit: http://www.hbs.edu/businesshistory/fellowships/Pages/default.aspx

Posted: September 17, 2015
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Harvard Business School: The Alfred D. Chandler Jr. Travel Fellowships

CLOSING DATE: November 2, 2015

The Alfred D. Chandler Jr. Travel Fellowships facilitate library and archival research in business or economic history. Grants range from $1000 to $3000. Applicants must be 1) Harvard University graduate students in history, economics, or business administration, research requires travel to distant archives or repositories; 2) graduate students or nontenured faculty in those fields from other Universities—US and abroad—research requires travel to Baker Library and other local archives; or 3) Harvard College undergraduates writing senior theses in these fields, research requires travel away from Cambridge. Please send a CV, a 1-2 page summary of past academic research, a 2-3 page research proposal—include amount of grant required, and one letter of reference to Walter A. Friedman, Connell 301A, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA 02163. E-mail: wfriedman@hbs.edu by November 2 of the year preceding the year the Fellowship is to be used. Recommender is to send letter of reference directly to the above address.

For more information, please visit our Fellowships website: http://www.hbs.edu/businesshistory/fellowships/Pages/default.aspx

Posted: September 17, 2015
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