Opportunities for Historians


Library Company of Philadelphia Post-Doctoral Fellowships for 2021–2022

DEADLINE: November 1, 2020

National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellowships
National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellowships support research in residence at the Library Company on any subject relevant to its collections, which are capable of supporting research in a variety of fields and disciplines relating to the history of America and the Atlantic world form the 17th through the 19th centuries. NEH Fellowships are for individuals who have completed their formal professional training. Consequently, degree candidates and individuals seeking support for work in pursuit of a degree are not eligible to hold NEH-supported fellowships. Advanced degree candidates must have completed all requirements, except for the actual conferral of the degree, by the application deadline, November 1, 2020. Foreign nationals are not eligible to apply unless they have lived in the United States for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. NEH fellowships are tenable for four to nine months. The stipend is $5,000 per month.

Program in Early American Economy and Society (PEAES) Post-Doctoral Fellowships
Program in Early American Economy and Society (PEAES) Post-Doctoral Fellowships support research in the collections of the Library Company and other nearby institutions into the origins and development of the early American economy, broadly conceived, to roughly 1850. The fellowships provide scholars the opportunity to investigate the history of commerce, finance, technology, manufacturing, agriculture, internal improvements, economic policy making and other topics. Applicants may be citizens of any country, and they must hold a Ph.D. by September 1, 2021. PEAES fellowships are tenable for up to nine months. The stipend is $5,000 per month.

Senior scholars are particularly encouraged to apply. The Library Company’s Cassatt House fellows’ residence offers rooms at reasonable rates, along with a kitchen, common room, and offices with internet access, available to resident and non-resident fellows at all hours. All post-doctoral fellowships are tenable from September 1, 2021 through May 31, 2022, and fellows must be in continuously in residence at the Library Company for the duration of their fellowships.

For the NEH and PEAES Post-Doctoral Fellowships, the deadline is November 1, 2020, with a decision to be made by December 15.
To apply, go to the application page to fill out an online coversheet and upload a single portable document format (PDF) containing a brief résumé, a two- to four-page description of your proposed research, and a writing sample of no more than 25 pages. In addition, two letters of recommendation should be submitted online in PDF format.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to inquire about the appropriateness of the proposed topic before applying. For more information about the NEH award, contact either Will Fenton (wfenton@librarycompany.org) or James Green (jgreen@librarycompany.org). For more information about the PEAES award, email Cathy Matson (cmatson@udel.edu).

Posted: September 18, 2020
Tagged: Fellowships

Phillips Library announces 2021 Malamy Fellowship

DEADLINE: November 2, 2020

The Phillips Library is pleased to announce the availability of the 2021 Frances E. Malamy Research Fellowship of the Peabody Essex Museum. All application materials, including references, must be received by 11:59pm on November 1, 2020. All materials may be submitted electronically to research@pem.org or via post to the Library Fellowship Committee at 306 Newburyport Turnpike, Rowley, MA 01969. Please ensure your application includes specific references to Phillips Library collection material, as found through our online catalog.

About the Fellowship:
One recipient will be awarded the Frances E. Malamy Fellowship to perform independent scholarly research at the library within a three-month time-frame between January 4, 2021 and December 31, 2021. Research must include use of archival materials held at the Phillips Library, and/or archiving activities under the direction of the Phillips Library staff. Research for this fellowships will be carried out at 306 Newburyport Turnpike, Rowley, MA 01969.

The Phillips Library requests the Malamy Fellow to submit a summary of their research for the benefit of museum staff and the public. The format of this summary is negotiable. Past recipients have given presentations on their research or contributed to the museum’s blog. PEM reserves the right to publicize the resulting product in order to promote research within the collection. Recipients are also requested to submit copies of any publication that results from their research to PEM.

The recipient will receive a $5,500 award, payable in two equal installments, at the middle and conclusion of their residency.

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Posted: September 18, 2020
Tagged: Fellowships