Opportunities for Historians

Call for Submissions for the Arline Custer Memorial Award

DEADLINE: July 31, 2020

The Arline Custer Memorial Award is presented by the MARAC Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee. This award honors the memory of Arline Custer (1909 –1975), MARAC member and editor of the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections.

The Arline Custer Memorial Award recognizes the best books and articles written or compiled by individuals and institutions in the MARAC region—the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Works under consideration include, but are not limited to: monographs, popular narratives, reference works, and exhibition catalogs using archival sources.

Individuals or institutions may submit up to two works published between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

Works must be relevant to the general public as well as the archival community. They also should be original and well researched using available sources. In addition, they should be clearly presented, well written, and organized. Visual materials, if used, should be appropriate to the text.

Preference will be given to works by archivists.

Up to three awards may be given, with a maximum value of $200.00 for books and $100.00 for articles. The 2020 award(s) may be announced at a fall 2020 MARAC business meeting or distributed to MARAC members via another means.

Electronic Submission Instructions:
Please send a PDF of the entirety of the work along with a PDF of a letter of nomination to the Senior Co-Chair of the Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee:

Jasmine Smith  
Reference & Instruction Librarian
Alvernia University, Dr. Frank A. Franco Library
Email: jasmine.smith@alvernia.edu

Physical Submission Instructions:
Please send two physical copies of each submission with a letter of nomination to the Senior Co-Chair of the Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee. Please email the Sr. Co-Chair to request the mailing address.

Email: jasmine.smith@alvernia.edu

For additional information about this award and a list of previous award winners, see the Arline Custer Memorial Award site, click here>>  

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Posted: July 1, 2020
Tagged: Awards and Prizes

Call for Special Symposium Issues: The Journal of Muslim Philanthropy & Civil Society

DEADLINE: August 1, 2020

The Journal of Muslim Philanthropy & Civil Society

The Journal of Muslim Philanthropy & Civil Society (JMPCS), is a bi-annual, peer reviewed, open access journal published by the Center on Muslim Philanthropy and Indiana University Press in partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Catholic Theological Union, International Institute of Islamic Thought, and the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists. 

JMPCS seeks original academic research examining the broad scope of Muslim philanthropy and civil society. By “Muslim” philanthropy, we mean philanthropic activity of any kind that involves self-identifying Muslim individuals, institutions, communities, and societies as key agents in shaping the context and content of this activity. Given the extent to which any construction of Muslim identity necessarily entails the influence of other faiths as well as various expressions of secular culture, the Journal’s scope is intentionally broad. Our definition of “philanthropy” is similarly broad and encompasses any intentional act of generosity. As such, “philanthropy” includes practices of generosity ranging from the activity of discrete individuals of all socio-economic backgrounds to that of not-for-profit organizations, social movements, and a variety of other forms of civic engagement. We seek to draw articles by researchers from across disciplines (Anthropology, Art, History, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, Public Affairs, Nonprofit Management, Business, Philanthropy, etc.) in this emerging field.

The special issues can build upon academic conference panels to continue important collaborations.

Along with standard Research Papers (8,000 words) and Book Reviews (1,500 words), JMPCS also welcomes Commentaries (short articles commenting in a significant way on, or supplementing arguments and evidence in, a Research Article or a Review Article) of up to 2,500 words. Authors are welcome to submit original Research Papers, Book Reviews, and Commentaries dealing with themes relating to the mission of the journal.

JMPCS is seeking proposals for three separate special issues. Each special issue will consist of:

  • 3-4 peer reviewed articles that have undergone double-blind peer review (Should guest editors also seek to submit an article that article would undergo double blind peer review under the supervision of the Editors-in-Chief)
  • Editorial commentary
  • 2-3 book reviews

To further this research, JMPCS will provide up to $5,000 in matching funds for each special issue’s guest editor to host a research convening at their academic institution. The papers presented at this symposium are to be submitted for review for publication in the respective special issue. Funds can be used for travel, honoraria, and/or meals provided at the research symposium. Travel is not required, as the symposium may be held virtually. A small portion of the funds can be used for copy-editing for the symposium issue. The hosting academic institution must demonstrate financial commitment to be eligible to receive the matching funds. Research symposiums are required to take place any time between Award notification and August 1, 2021. (Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the proposal can suggest a virtual or online symposium.) Up to three grants will be awarded.

  • Deadline for proposals: August 1, 2020
  • Award notification deadline: September 1, 2020
  • Research Symposium: January 1May 1, 2021

Submission instructions:
A symposium may include 6-8 research scholars of which up to 2-3 may be graduate students (Undergraduate students may also be included in the symposium but should be in addition to the 6-8 research scholars) on a particular topic, including a review article on that topic. (All articles that successfully go through blind review will be published.)

Please address the following questions in your proposal for a symposium:

  1. What is the topic of the symposium?
  2. Why does this topic occasion/warrant a symposium in JMPCS? How will it advance the field?
  3. Who is the sponsor of the symposium? Please provide a CV of the convener as well as information about the hosting institution.
  4. How will the symposium be funded (including a proposed budget)?
  5. Who is the guest editor(s) of the symposium?
  6. What audiences will be specifically interested in the symposium?
  7. What is the time line for the call for papers, preparation, production, and publication of the symposium?
  8.  What paper topics and/or scholars may be included in the symposium?
  9. What actions can/will the guest editors take to raise the distribution and impact of the special issue?

Guidelines for the symposium:

  1. The guest editor(s) of the symposium is responsible for the editorial process, including issuing and publicizing a call for papers, selecting the 4-6 papers to be considered for publication in the symposium, and organizing the peer-review process.
  2. The guest editor(s) will use the JMPCS Open Journal Systems portal (https://scholarworks.iu.edu/iupjournals/index.php/muslimphilanthropy/about/submissions) for the peer-review process. All manuscripts submitted for the symposium must adhere to the JMPCS submission guidelines and must be double blind peer-reviewed.
  3. The final decision on acceptance of manuscripts for publication will be made by the JMPCS Editors-in-Chief in consultation with the guest editor(s).
  4. The guest editor(s) must make certain that the symposium has (at least) one major literature review article that is likely to be cited in the coming years when people write about this topic.

Please submit your proposals via email to the Managing Editor Rafia Khader at rkhader@iu.edu.

Dr. Scott Alexander
Catholic Theological Union

Dr. Shariq Siddiqui
Indiana University

Managing Editor:
Rafia Khader
Indiana University

Editorial Board:
Dr. Basem Almadani
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

Dr. Jonathan Benthall
University College London

Dr. Ihsan Bagby
University of Kentucky

Dr. David Campbell
Binghamton University

Dr. Tariq Cheema
World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists

Dr. Alnoor Ebrahim
Tufts University

Dr. Kambiz GhaneaBassiri
Reed College

Dr. Samiul Hasan
United Arab Emirates University

Dr. Barbara Ibrahim
American University at Cairo

Dr. David King
Indiana University

Dr. Amir Pasic
Indiana University

Dr. Amy Singer
Brandeis University

Dr. David Horton Smith
Harvard University

Posted: July 1, 2020
Tagged: Calls for Papers

The Dirksen Congressional Center's Congressional Research Grants

DEADLINE: September 15, 2020

The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress. The Center, named for the late Senate Minority Leader Everett M. Dirksen R-IL), is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational organization devoted to the study of Congress. Since 1978, the Congressional Research Grants program has invested more than $1,100,000 to support over 500 projects. 

Applications are accepted at any time, but awards are announced quarterly in January, April, July, and October. The corresponding application deadlines are December 15, March 15, June 15, and September 15. Proposals received after a deadline will be carried over to the next quarter automatically.

The Center has allocated up to $50,000 in 2020 for grants with individual awards capped at $3,500. Among the most recent recipients are

  • John Dearborn, Yale University, Strategic Preferences and American Political Development: Congress and the Origins of U.S. Federal Tax Policy, 1909-1916 
  • John A. Farrell, Independent Researcher, Senator Edward M. Kennedy
  • Samantha McDonald, University of California, Irvine, Digital Citizen Communication in the United States Congress 

The competition is open to individuals with a serious interest in studying Congress. Political scientists, historians, biographers, scholars of public administration or American studies, and journalists are among those eligible. The Center encourages graduate students who have successfully defended their dissertation prospectus to apply and awards a significant portion of the funds for dissertation research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who reside in the United States.

The grants program does not fund undergraduate or pre-Ph.D. study. Organizations are not eligible. Research teams of two or more individuals are eligible. No institutional overhead or indirect costs may be claimed against a Congressional Research Grant.

Please contact Frank Mackaman for the application at fmackaman@dirksencenter.org. The Congressional Research Grant Application contains the following elements: Applicant Information, Congressional Research Grant Project Description, Budget, Curriculum Vita, Reference Letter (reference letter not to exceed one page—additional pages will not be forwarded to the judges), and Overhead Waiver Letter.

The entire application when printed must NOT exceed ten pages. Applications may be single-spaced. Please use fonts no smaller than 10-point. This total does NOT include the reference letter (one additional page) or the Overhead Waiver Letter (one additional page). 

Complete information about what kinds of research projects are eligible for consideration, what could a Congressional Research Grant pay for, application procedures, and how recipients are selected may be found at The Center's Website, here>> 

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Posted: November 21, 2019
Tagged: Grants