Opportunities for Historians

Short-Term Research Fellowship: Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South and the University of Alabama Libraries

DEADLINE: April 1, 2020

To support the study of southern history and promote the use of the manuscript collections housed at the University of Alabama, the Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South and the University of Alabama Libraries will offer a total of eight research fellowships in the amount of $500 each for the 2020–2021 academic year. Eligible researchers will have projects that entail work to be conducted in southern history or southern studies at the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, the A.S. Williams III Americana Collection, or any other University of Alabama collections. 

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2020. Decisions regarding the awards will be made no later than May 1, 2020, and research may be conducted anytime between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021. Both academic and non-academic researchers at any stage of their careers are encouraged to apply. Because fellowships are designed primarily to help defray travel and lodging expenses, however, eligibility is restricted to researchers living outside the Tuscaloosa area.

Completed applications will consist of electronic copies of the following materials:

  • Current CV
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A description of the research project, no longer than one single-spaced page, which includes a description of the particular resources to be used during the term of the fellowship.

All application materials and questions about the fellowship should be directed to Prof. John Giggie at the contact information provided below.

Contact Info:
Prof. John M. Giggie, Director
Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South
Department of History
University of Alabama
Box 870212
202 ten Hoor Hall
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Tel: 205-348-1859
Contact Email: jmgiggie@ua.edu

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Posted: February 20, 2020
Tagged: Fellowships

Reporting World War II: American Correspondents at the Front-Lines

DEADLINE: April 10, 2020

Registration is now open for “Reporting World War II: American Correspondents at the Front-Lines,” This international conference at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City, April 23-24, 2020, brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars who will examine how American journalists and newspapers covered World War II. It intends to consider war-time reporting prior to the entrance into the conflict and how American correspondents followed GIs across the globe after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Among the themes to be explored are the role of the journalist as an objective reporter, a propagandist, an intelligence agent, and a witness to history. Papers will consider the contributions of African American, Jewish, and women reporters as journalists and the unique work of correspondents serving in uniform.

“Reporting World War II” is organized by the Contemporary History Institute at Ohio University, the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience at Florida State University, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Fordham University Press, and Stars and Stripes. Major support for this conference was provided by Iron Mountain and the Office of the Provost at Florida State University with additional funding from Adam Matthew, the Society for Military History, and the Student Veterans Center at Florida State University.

For further information contact: G. Kurt Piehler, Director, Institute on World War II and the Human Experience at kpiehler@fsu.edu.

Deadline to register is Friday, April 10, 2020.

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Posted: February 20, 2020
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia

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