Opportunities for Historians


Society of American Archivists: The Donald Peterson Student Travel Award Invites Applications

DEADLINE: February 28, 2020

The Donald Peterson Student Travel Award Subcommittee invites applications from archival science students and recent graduates of archival programs. The award subsidizes travel to the Society for American Archivists (SAA) Annual Meeting for students presenting research or actively participating in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable.

Application details are below. The application deadline is February 28, 2020. Applications will only be accepted online. If you have any questions regarding the award or the application process, please contact Katie Howell, Donald Peterson Student Travel Award Committee Chair, at Katie.Howell@uncc.edu.

Purpose and Criteria for Selection:
Established in 2005, this award supports students and recent graduates from graduate archival programs within North America to attend SAA’s Annual Meeting. The goal of the scholarship is to stimulate greater participation in the activities of SAA by students and recent graduates. This participation must include either a presentation of research during the Annual Meeting or active participation in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable.

Awarded to an SAA member in good standing who is currently enrolled in an archival education program or who graduated from an archival education program in the previous calendar year. Applications are evaluated based on the merits of the applicant’s essay and letters of recommendation.

Sponsor and Funding:
The Society of American Archivists, in honor of Donald Peterson (1908–1999), New York lawyer and philatelist, whose deep appreciation of world history and preservation developed early through his stamp collecting and held true throughout his life.

Up to $1,500 in support of registration, travel, and accommodation expenses associated with the SAA Annual Meeting.

First Awarded:

Application Information and Documentation:
Click here>> to preview the application and/or to apply. All applications must be submitted online and
include the following:

1. A 500-word essay describing the applicant's career goals and potential impact on the archival
2. Unofficial transcript to verify student status or copy of graduate diploma.
3. Two letters of recommendation from individuals having definite knowledge of the applicant's

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Posted: February 11, 2020
Tagged: Grants

Center for Communal Studies Undergraduate and Graduate Prizes and Research Travel Grant

DEADLINE: March 1, 2020

The Center for Communal Studies at the University of Southern Indiana annually invites submissions for its prize competition for the best undergraduate and graduate student papers on historic or contemporary communal groups, intentional communities, and utopias. Submissions may come from any academic discipline and should be focused on a topic clearly related to contemporary or historic communal groups or utopias.

Undergraduate Paper or Thesis:
Author of the best undergraduate paper or thesis will receive $250. The annual deadline for submission is March 1, 2020. The prize winner will be announced in April 2020.

Graduate Paper or Thesis or Dissertation Chapter:
Author of the best graduate paper or thesis or dissertation chapter will receive $500. The annual deadline for submission is March 1, 2020. The prize winner will be announced in April 2020.

Research Travel Grant:
The Center for Communal Studies at the University of Southern Indiana annually invites applications for a Research Travel Grant to fund research at the Communal Studies Collection at USI’s David L. Rice Library. The Communal Studies Collection’s rich archival materials hold information on over 600 historic and contemporary communal societies, utopias and intentional communities. A complete listing of communities can be found on the Rice Library website. Strengths include materials on the Harmonists and Owenites who settled nearby New Harmony, Indiana, but the breadth of the collections covers American communalism more broadly. Applicants may be graduate students or established scholars in the United States or abroad from any discipline that involves the study of communalism (such as history, English, anthropology, economics, sociology, etc.). The grant will fund research up to $2,000 to be used by June 30 of the subsequent year. All applications must include a letter detailing the project and its significance to communal studies, a proposed budget, and a vita. Applications are due annually by March 1, 2020. The winner of this Research Travel Grant is announced annually in June 2020.

Please send materials as email attachments to Casey Harison at charison@usi.edu.

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Posted: January 21, 2020
Tagged: Grants

The Phillips Fund of the American Philosophical Society Grants

DEADLINE: March 2, 2020

The Phillips Fund of the American Philosophical Society provides grants to fund research in Native American linguistics, ethnohistory, and the history of studies of Native Americans in the continental United States and Canada. The funds are intended for such extra costs as travel, tapes, films, and consultants’ fees.

Deadline: March 2, 2020

Award: up to $3,500

Contact: Linda Musumeci, Director of Grants and Fellowships, American Philosophical Society, 104 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 E-mail: LMusumeci@amphilsoc.org Phone: (215) 440-3429

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Posted: September 9, 2019
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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