Opportunities for Historians


Philip Jones Fellowship for the Study of Ephemera

DEADLINE: December 1, 2022

The Ephemera Society of America invites applications for the Philip Jones Fellowship for the Study of Ephemera. This competition, now in its thirteenth year, is open to any interested individual or organization for the study of any aspect of ephemera, defined as minor (and sometimes major) everyday documents intended for one-time or short-term use. The $2,000 stipend can be applied to travel and/or study expenses but cannot be used to purchase ephemera. How the stipend will be used; the expected form and outcome of the project and its relationship to ephemera; when and how the outcome will be disseminated; and its benefit to furthering the goals of the ESA should be clearly stated in the application.

The fellowship selection criteria include:

  • The significance of the project.
  • The project’s relationship to ephemera and the mission of the Ephemera Society of America.
  • How the project will be shared with ESA members and the general public.
  • Evidence of the applicant’s ability to disseminate the results of the project effectively through scholarly or other articles, presentations, exhibitions, etc.
  • How the applicant will use the stipend.

Applications are due December 1, 2022. Specific application instructions for this fellowship are below. In order for an application to be considered, these instructions must be followed.

The applicant’s resume, submitted as part of the application, should include the applicant’s experience and proven ability to carry out this project and disseminate its results. The completed application should be sent electronically to: jonesfellow@ephemerasociety.org.

Decisions will be reported to the successful individual or organization by March 3, 2023, and will be announced at the Society’s annual meeting and conference, March 16–19, 2023, in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.

The successful candidate will have one year to complete the project, and will be required to submit two written reports to the Board of the Ephemera Society: an interim progress report due August 15, 2023, and a final report due February 1, 2024. The winner may also be invited to write an article about the project for an issue of the Society’s The Ephemera Journal, and/or prepare a presentation about the project for the following year’s annual conference. An application consists of the following materials, in the following order:

Contact information:
Name Street Address or P.O. Box City, State and zip code (if outside the U.S., please give full international address) Phone number E-mail address Your profession (student, historian, independent scholar, collector, etc.) How did you hear about this fellowship?

A description of your project:
Beginning on the same page as your contact information, include the title of the project, and a double-spaced statement in 12-point font summarizing and describing the project, and how you would use the fellowship stipend. The fellowship selection criteria include: 1. the significance of the project; 2. the project’s relationship to ephemera and the mission of the Ephemera Society of America; 3. how it might be shared with ESA members and the public; 4. evidence of the applicant’s ability to disseminate the results of the project effectively through scholarly articles, presentations, or exhibitions; and 5. how the applicant will use the stipend. Your contact information and the description of your project should total no more than two pages.

Your current resume:
lease submit a current résumé highlighting your experience and proven ability to carry out the project with your application. Your résumé should be no more than two pages.

Instructions for formatting applications:

  • Documents should be in 12-point font, with page numbers in the lower right-hand corner The description of the project should be double-spaced
  • The application should be submitted as a single pdf file of no more than four pages (two pages for your contact information and the description of your project, and two pages for your resume)
  • The file name should follow the following naming convention: Last name and brief application title (for example, Smith_Trade_Cards.pdf)
  • A footer with the document name should appear in 12-point font on each page
  • Applications must be received by midnight on December 1, 2022. Send via e-mail to jonesfellow@ephemerasociety.org. Applications not following the formatting requirements will not be considered.

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Posted: October 11, 2022
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Deadline Extended | Tyson Scholars of American Art at Crystal Bridges

DEADLINE: December 2, 2022

The deadline to apply for the Tyson Scholars of American Art program for the 2023–2024 term has been extended! Applications now due December 2, 2022. Please see below for more details and direct any questions to TysonScholars@crystalbridges.org.

The Tyson Scholars of American Art Program at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

The Tyson Scholars of American Art Program encourages and supports full-time, interdisciplinary scholarship that seeks to expand boundaries and traditional categories of investigation into American art and visual and material culture from the any time period. The program was established in 2012 through a $5 million commitment from the Tyson family and Tyson Foods, Inc. Since its inception, the Tyson Scholars Program has supported the work of 66 scholars, attracting academic professionals in a variety of disciplines nationally and internationally.

Crystal Bridges and the Tyson Scholars Program invites Ph.D. candidates (or equivalent), post-doctoral researchers, and senior scholars from any field who are researching American art to apply. Scholars may be focused on architecture, craft, material culture, performance art, and new media. We also invite applications from scholars approaching US art transregionally and looking at the broader geographical context of the Americas, especially including Latinx and Indigenous art. Applications will be evaluated on the originality and quality of the proposed research project and its contribution to a more equitable and inclusive history of American art.

The Tyson Scholars Program looks for research projects that will intersect meaningfully with the museum’s collections, library resources, architecture, grounds, curatorial expertise, programs and exhibitions; and/or the University of Arkansas faculty broadly; and applicants should speak to why residence in Northwest Arkansas and the surrounding areas will advance their work. The applicant’s academic standing, scholarly qualifications, and experience will be considered, as it informs the ability of the applicant to complete the proposed project. Letters of support are strongest when they demonstrate the applicant’s excellence, promise, originality, track record, and productivity as a scholar, not when the letter contains a commentary on the project.

Crystal Bridges is dedicated to an equitable, inclusive, and diverse cohort of fellows. We seek applicants who bring a critical perspective and understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in American art, and welcome applications from qualified persons of color; who are Indigenous; with disabilities; who are LGBTQ+; first-generation college graduates; from low-income households; and who are veterans.

Fellowships are residential and support full-time writing and research for terms that range from six weeks to nine months. While in residence, Tyson Scholars have access to the art and library collections of Crystal Bridges as well as the library and archives at the University of Arkansas in nearby Fayetteville. Stipends vary depending on the duration of residency, position as senior scholar, post-doctoral scholar, or pre-doctoral scholar, and range from $17,000 to $34,000 per semester, plus provided housing. The residency includes $1,500 for relocation, and additional research funds upon application. Scholars are provided workspace in the curatorial wing of the Crystal Bridges Library. The workspace is an enclosed area shared with other Tyson Scholars. Scholars are provided with basic office supplies, desk space, an office chair, space on a bookshelf, and a locking cabinet with key for personal belongings and files. Housing is provided in a fully furnished, shared four-bedroom, four-bathroom apartment within walking distance of the museum. Each scholar will have their own bedroom and ensuite bathroom with shared living room and kitchen.

Applications for the 2023–2024 academic year open September 15, 2022, and close December 2, 2022.

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Posted: November 28, 2022
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Call for Applications: National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar in Residence

DEADLINE: December 16, 2022

National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar in Residence at the Center for Jewish History

Call for Applications for the 2023–2024 Academic Year - Deadline for application is December 15, 2022.

Through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) the Center for Jewish History (the Center) invites applications for an NEH Scholar in Residence that will support original research conducted at the Center. Applications are welcome from scholars working in a broad range of fields within the humanities and social sciences. The application deadline is December 15, 2022, for a residency from July 2023 through June 2024.

Applications are welcome from scholars in any field who have completed a PhD more than six years prior to the start of the fellowship and whose research will benefit considerably from consultation with materials in the collections of the Center’s partners – American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

Fellowships carry a stipend of $60,000 for a period of 12 months. Fellows conduct original research at the Center, deliver at least one public program based on the research conducted, and actively participate in the scholarly community at the Center. Fellows must acknowledge the Center and the National Endowment for the Humanities in all publications resulting from research completed during the fellowship and submit a report upon completion of the fellowship describing the experience.

Assessment Criteria:

  • The ambition, scope, and intellectual significance of the proposed project.
  • The quality and impact of the applicant’s prior work in their respective field.
  • The overall clarity and intelligibility of the proposal, with its aims clearly conveyed.
  • The feasibility and appropriateness of the project proposal, including the applicant’s disciplinary and linguistic training and, when relevant, the soundness of the dissemination and access plans.
  • The likelihood that the applicant will become part of the life of the Center for Jewish History for the time of the fellowship by using its collections for the proposed project and participating in Center events.

The NEH Scholar in Residence will join a larger cohort of long- and short-term fellows within the Center’s Fellowship Program. The Center seeks to build a fellowship cohort that is diverse in race, ethnicity, and gender as well as academic rank, geographic location, and field of study. Qualified individuals who would bring diverse perspectives and experiences to the fellowship are especially encouraged to apply.

Requirements for Application:

  • Cover letter stating area of interest, how the project relates to the mission of the Center for Jewish History, and how the project will benefit from the residency (no more than one page)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research proposal (no more than 1,500 words), including specific reference to the collections at the Center and clearly stated goals for research during the period of the fellowship
  • A one-page bibliography of important secondary sources for the project
  • Contact information for three references who can speak to the significance of the candidate’s work

Open to all U.S. citizens as well as foreigners who have lived in the U.S. for the 3 years immediately preceding the application deadline.

Please submit applications by email as one continuous PDF file by December 15, 2022, to fellowships@cjh.org

Learn more about the application process on the NEH website

Posted: August 31, 2022
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Call for 2023 JDC Archives Fellowship Applications

DEADLINE: January 23, 2023

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Archives is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for its 2023 fellowship program. In 2023, three to six fellowships will be awarded to senior scholars, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and independent researchers to conduct research in the JDC Archives, either in New York or in Jerusalem. Topics in the fields of twentieth century Jewish history, modern history, social welfare, migration, and humanitarian assistance will be considered, as well as other areas of academic research covered in the JDC archival collections. Our finding aids can be consulted to identify relevant areas. The fellowship awards are $2,500 and the deadline for submission is January 23, 2023.

Fellows are expected to make a remote public presentation on their research upon conclusion of their fellowships.

Past fellows have worked on diverse topics ranging from the eradication of malaria in Mandatory Palestine to the revival of Jewish institutional, cultural, and political life in the final years of the Soviet Union (1985–1991).

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Posted: November 2, 2022
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Call for Applications – Graduate Research Fellowships at the Center for Jewish History

DEADLINE: February 3, 2023

The Center for Jewish History offers ten-month fellowships to doctoral candidates to support original research using the collections of the Center’s Partners - American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Preference is given to those candidates who draw on the archival and library resources of more than one Partner institution. Fellowships must run for 10 months, starting September 2023, and applicants should have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree except for the dissertation.

Fellows are encouraged to spend at least three days per week in residence in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room using the archival and library resources. Fellows must also participate in the Center for Jewish History Fellowship Seminar Program, attend monthly meetings of the fellowship program cohort, present a pre-circulated paper to be discussed at one of those monthly meetings, deliver a minimum of one lecture based on research conducted at CJH, and submit a report upon completion of the fellowship describing their experience as a Center Fellow.

A total of four or five fellowships are available for the 2023–2024 year. These fellowships carry stipends of $30,000 for a period of 10 months.

Deadline: February 3, 2023

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Posted: November 28, 2022
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Archie K. Davis Fellowship Awards

DEADLINE: March 1, 2023

The North Caroliniana Society offers on a competitive basis Archie K. Davis Fellowships to assist scholars in gaining access to resources contributing to knowledge of the state’s past. As of 2020, the four or five awards will be in the $4000-$5000 range to cover travel and subsistence expenses while fellows conduct research in North Caroliniana. In evaluating proposals, the Society considers the qualifications of applicants; individual need; quantity, quality, and location of sources; length of research stay; plans for publication or other “product”; and, especially, potential of subject to advance among citizens of the state knowledge and understanding of their own history and culture.

Applications are due by March 1, 2023.

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Posted: November 28, 2022
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United States Capitol Historical Society Fellowship

DEADLINE: March 15, 2023

Applications are invited for the United States Capitol Historical Society Fellowship. This fellowship is designed to support research and publications 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 e-mailed by March 15, 2023, for the fellowship period beginning in September 2023 and ending in August 2024. Applications should be e-mailed in PDF format to michele.cohen@aoc.gov and sholliday@uschs.org.

If you have questions about a potential topic, contact Dr. Michele Cohen at (202) 228-1222 or michele.cohen@aoc.gov.

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Posted: November 2, 2022
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APS Library Resident Short- and Long-Term Research Fellowships

DEADLINE: April 1, 2023

The American Philosophical Society invites applications for short-term residential fellowships to conduct research in the American Philosophical Society’s library in the history of American science and technology and early American history and culture.

Deadline: March 2023 (please check the website for exact date)

Award: $3,000 per month for one to three months

Contact: Library Resident Research Fellowships, American Philosophical Society, 105 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Phone: (215) 440-3443

E-mail: libfellows@amphilsoc.org

Web: https://www.amphilsoc.org/grants/library-short-term-resident-research-fellowships

The APS Library offers a variety of long- and short-term residential fellowships for scholars at various stages of their careers. Subject-specific research is supported, primarily in the areas of early American history, the history of science and technology, and Native American and Indigenous topics, as is work in the digital humanities. Application deadlines will be determined shortly, and new opportunities are continually being added. Please consult the APS website for the most up-to-date information.

Posted: August 31, 2022
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