Postdoctoral Fellowship in Women’s History in the Pacific West

The National Park Service (NPS) and National Park Foundation (NPF) invite scholars no more than three years beyond their doctorate to apply for a two-year fellowship. NPS, in partnership with NPF, recently funded research into stories of women associated with the National Park System. NPS now begins preparations to mark the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, including women’s stories related to the meaning of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” This fellowship, funded by the NPF, will be directed by the NPS regional office in San Francisco, CA. The scope includes parks from Washington to California, Nevada, Idaho, Hawai'i, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Applicants must possess US citizenship, earn a Ph.D. in the humanities/humanistic social sciences by December 20, 2021, and successfully pass a background check.

Submit applications by June 30, 2021, (pdf format by email only) to with subject line: last name, first name – Womens’ History in the Pacific West. Include: 1. Cover letter; 2. Curriculum vitae; 3. Writing sample (general audience); 4. Confirmation of Ph.D. award; 5. Letter of commitment from academic advisor; and 6. Three letters of recommendation to be sent directly by recommender.

The Fellowship extends from October 2021 - September 2023. The location is San Francisco, with discussion to follow regarding hybrid or remote work.

Compensation is $63,500 annually. Additional annual funding includes allowances for health benefits, research/travel, and stipend for the academic mentor. A $2250 moving allowance will be provided if the Fellow relocates to San Francisco prior to October 2022. Fellowship may not be held concurrently with any other fellowship, grant, or employment.

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Posted: June 7, 2021
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