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American Philosophical Society Library Resident Research Fellowship
The American Philosophical Society Library offers short-term residential fellowships for conducting research in its collections. We are a leading international center for research in the history of American science and technology and its European roots, as well as early American history and culture.
Applicants may be holders of the Ph.D. or its equivalent, Ph.D. candidates who have passed their preliminary examinations, or independent scholars.
Applicants in any relevant field of scholarship may apply. Candidates who live 75 or more miles from Philadelphia receive some preference.
A stipend of $3,000 per month is awarded for a minimum of one month and a maximum of three months.
The application deadline is March 1, 2017.
For further details and application instructions, please visit www.amphilsoc.org/library/short-term-fellowships or contact LibFellows@amphilsoc.org or 215-440-3443.
Posted: October 31, 2016
The Mary Baker Eddy Library Fellowship
The Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston is now accepting online applications for our Summer 2017 Research Fellowships. The fellowship program is open to academic scholars, independent researchers, and graduate students. The collections center on the papers of Mary Baker Eddy and records documenting the history of Christian Science. Areas of research may include women's history, spirituality and health, religious studies, nineteenth-century history, architecture, journalism, and others. Stipend provided. Apply at our website by February 6, 2017. For further information regarding Library collections and the fellowship program, please visit http://www.marybakereddylibrary.org/fellowships or contact 617-450-7124, email@example.com.
For More Information: http://www.marybakereddylibrary.org/research/fellows/
Posted: October 31, 2016
Accepting Applications - Tyson Scholars of American Art
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art invites applications for the 2017-2018 Tyson Scholars of American Art Program. The residential program supports full-time scholarship in the history of American art, architecture, visual and material culture from the colonial period to the present. To support their research, Tyson Scholars have access to the art and library collections of Crystal Bridges as well as the library at the University of Arkansas in nearby Fayetteville. Housing is provided at the Crystal Bridges Farmhouse, within easy walking distance from the Museum via wooded trails and approximately 1.5 miles from downtown Bentonville. Scholars have private bed- and bathrooms in the house, and share comfortable indoor and outdoor common spaces including an expansive yard, patio, and swimming pool.
The program is open to scholars holding a PhD (or equivalent) as well as to PhD candidates. Applicants may be affiliated with a university, museum, or independent. Scholars will be selected on the basis of their potential to advance understanding of American art and to intersect meaningfully with aspects of Crystal Bridges' collections, architecture, or landscape. Projects with a synthetic, interdisciplinary focus that seek to expand boundaries of research or traditional categories of investigation are particularly encouraged. Up to three Scholars may be in residence at a time, with terms ranging from six weeks to nine months. In addition to housing, Scholars are provided office or carrel space in the curatorial wing of Crystal Bridges' Library. Stipends vary depending on the duration of residency, ranging from $15,000 to $30,000 per semester. Additional funds for research travel during the residency period are available upon application.
Further information about the Tyson Scholars Program, application instructions, and application form can be found at http://crystalbridges.org/tyson-scholars/. Applicants are advised to contact Crystal Bridges' curators and librarians for specific details about the Museum's collections related to their research. The application deadline for any proposed length of term during the 2017–2018 academic year is January 13, 2017.
Posted: October 31, 2016
2017 HABS/SAH Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship for Student Architectural Historians
Attention Student Architectural Historians!
Spend your summer conducting research on a nationally significant U.S. building or site and preparing a history to become part of the permanent HABS collection. The HABS/SAH Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship, a joint program of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), permits a graduate student in architectural history or a related field to work on a 12-week HABS history project during the summer of 2017. The Fellow's research interests and goals will inform the building or site selected for documentation by HABS staff. HABS is a program of the National Park Service and the Fellow is usually stationed at our Washington, DC office. The award consists of a $10,000 stipend, and SAH conference registration and travel expenses up to $1,000.
Please visit our website for application instructions.
For More Information: http://www.nps.gov/hdp/jobs/tompkins.htm
Application Deadline - Dec. 31, 2016.
Posted: October 25, 2016
Massachusetts Historical Society Fellowships
The first of our deadlines, for MHS-NEH support, is January 15, 2017!
The Massachusetts Historical Society will offer more than three dozen research fellowships for the academic year 2017-2018, including two MHS-NEH Long-term Fellowships made possible by an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The stipend, governed by an NEH formula, is $4,200 per month for a minimum of four months and a maximum of twelve months. The Society adds a monthly supplement, payable directly to the MHS-NEH Fellow, of $562.50.
MHS Short-term Fellowships carry a stipend of $2,000 to support four or more weeks of research in the Society's collections. The Boston Athenaeum and the MHS will offer one Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship on the Civil War, its Origins, and Consequences for at least four weeks at each institution. This fellowship carries a stipend of $4,000. The Society also participates in the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium of twenty-two organizations. These grants provide a stipend of $5,000 for a total of eight or more weeks of research conducted at three or more participating institutions.
For more information, please visit www.masshist.org/research/fellowships, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 617-646-0568. MHS-NEH application deadline: January 15, 2017. New England Regional Fellowship Consortium deadline: February 1, 2017. Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship deadline: February 15, 2017. MHS Short-term Fellowship deadline: March 1, 2017.
Posted: October 19, 2016
AEF's 2017 Visiting Professor Program (VPP)
The VPP is a seven-day fellowship for professors of advertising, marketing, communications and the liberal arts. It allows professors and industry to develop a mutually beneficial relationship and to share research. The VPP gives professors a greater understanding of the industry while host companies have an opportunity to develop closer ties to academia. Professors witness first-hand the day-to-day operations of a company, while bringing academic expertise to that company. In addition, host companies tap into research and expertise from an academic POV as well as establishing a pipeline to students for internships and jobs.
Application deadlines for the 2017 VPP is 1/31/17.
Visit www.aef.com for further information.
Posted: October 14, 2016
Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture
The Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture offers a variety of long-term, short-term, and travel fellowships to scholars at the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels.
Application deadlines vary. Application guidelines and program details can be found here under "Fellowships."
Posted: October 14, 2016
Fellowships in the History of Knowledge, Race & Ethnicity, Religion, Kinship, Migration
The German Historical Institute, Washington, DC, is now accepting applications for a 6 to 12-month fellowships in:
1) The History of Knowledge
2) The History of Race and Ethnicity
3) The History of Religion and Religiosity
4) The History of Family and Kinship
5) The History of Migration
The fellowship term begins September 1, 2017.
The Fellow is expected to be in residence in Washington, DC, and participate in GHI activities and events. The Fellow will have the opportunity to make use of the resources in the Washington metropolitan area, including the Library of Congress and the National Archives, while pursuing his or her own research. Travel within the US to work in archives and libraries will also be possible. Candidates doing original research for a dissertation or a second book project will be given preference.
The fellowship is open to both doctoral and postdoctoral scholars. The monthly stipend is € 1,700 for doctoral students and € 3,000 for postdoctoral scholars from European institutions; students and scholars based at North American institutions will receive a stipend of $1,900 or $3,200 respectively. In addition, fellowship recipients based in Europe will receive reimbursement for their round-trip airfare to the U.S.
To apply please send a cover letter, a CV, a copy of your most recent diploma or transcripts, at least one letter of reference (sent separately), a research project proposal (5-pages or 2,000 words max), and a research schedule for the fellowship period, no later than December 1, 2016. Applicants may write in either English or German; we recommend that they use the language in which they are most proficient. Please also clearly state in the application why your project is a good fit for this specific fellowship. Applications should be sent electronically as single PDF via e-mail to Bryan Hart at email@example.com.
For More Information: http://www.ghi-dc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=287&Itemid=62
Posted: October 11, 2016
2017 Research Fellowships at the Virginia Historical Society
To promote the interpretation of Virginia history and access to its collections, the Virginia Historical Society, funded by a matching grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and gifts from individuals, offers research fellowships of up to three weeks a year. For the purpose of this program, a week is defined as five days in the VHS library, which is open 10–5, Monday through Saturday.
The deadline for applications is Friday, January 27, 2017.
John M. McClure, Chair, Research Fellowships and Awards Committee
Virginia Historical Society
P.O. Box 7311
Richmond, VA 23221-0311
For More Information: http://www.vahistorical.org/collections-and-resources/how-we-can-help-your-research/researcher-resources/research-fellowship-and
Posted: October 11, 2016
Phillips Library 2017 Research Fellowships
The Phillips Library is pleased to announce the availability of seven research fellowships for 2017. These include six Phillips Library Research Fellowships and one Francis E. Malamy Fellowship. All application materials, including references, must be received by December 15, 2016. All materials may be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or via post. Please ensure your application includes specific references to Phillips Library collection material, as found through our online catalog. To apply, fill out either the online Fellowship Application Form or the Fellowship Application PDF.
Phillips Library Research Fellowships
Up to six Research Fellowships will be available to scholars who wish to pursue research and publication on topics that make effective and creative use of the library and its special collections. Fellowships are open to advanced scholars, graduate students, independent scholars, and library and museum professionals. Fellows are expected to make the use of library collections their primary focus during a two to eight week timeframe. Fellows will also be asked to write a blog for the library or to present their research at a brown bag lunch. A stipend of $800.00 will be awarded at the conclusion of the fellowship. Additionally, free housing in a studio apartment on the museum campus in Salem, MA, may also be available. The Phillips Library is currently located in a temporary facility in Peabody, MA; successful applicants will need to address transportation between Salem and Peabody.
Francis E. Malamy Fellowship
One recipient will be awarded the Francis E. Malamy Fellowship to perform independent scholarly research at the library within a three month time-frame. Research must include use of archival materials held at the Phillips Library, and/or archiving activities under the direction of the Phillips Library staff. The recipient will receive a $5,500 award, payable in two equal installments, at the middle and conclusion of his/her residency. The recipient will be expected to write a blog for the library or to present his/her research at a brown bag lunch. This fellowship does not include housing.
For More Information: http://www.pem.org/library/fellowships/
Posted: July 19, 2016
Kentucky Historical Society Research Fellowships
The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) research fellowship program is committed to providing funding for scholars whose research requires the use of KHS's rich collections. The program supports senior and emerging scholars, including doctoral students, through one-to-four week fellowships ($400 for each week of fellowship residency).
To learn more about the strengths of our holdings, especially our signature collections in the early-American frontier, post–Civil War commemoration, and twentieth-century Appalachia, please visit history.ky.gov/collections.
For application instructions and award requirements, and to learn more about the work of our past fellows, please visit history.ky.gov/research-fellowships. Fellowship applications are due, via email, September 1, 2016 to Dr. Amanda L. Higgins, Amanda.email@example.com .
Posted: July 18, 2016
Kentucky Historical Society Churchill Weavers Fellowship
The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) is home to one of the finest weaving archives in the nation—the Churchill Weavers collection. Comprised of more than 30,000 handwoven textiles and related weaving and business records, this collection promises to enrich many areas of scholarship, especially those related to labor history, material culture, the history of 20th century capitalism, and the history of Appalachia.
The Kentucky Historical Society Foundation has provided KHS short-term fellowship funds (one- to four-week residencies at $400.00/week) to assist researchers with travel and living expenses while using the Churchill Weavers collection. Applications are welcome from independent scholars, college and university teachers, museum professionals, graduate students and scholars working in other related disciplines. Please email applications to Dr. Amanda L. Higgins, Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org, by September 1, 2016. Learn more about the Churchill Weavers collection and research fellowship at: http://history.ky.gov/khs-fellowship-guidelines/.
Posted: July 12, 2016
Archie K. Davis Fellowship Recipients, 2016-2017
The North Caroliniana Society has announced the granting of an Archie K. Davis Fellowship to each of the following scholars for 2016-2017: Richard Berman, Oxford Brookes University; Tyler Boulware, West Virginia University; Viccy Coltman, University of Edinburgh; Brian K. Fennessy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Andrea R. Gray, George Mason University; Amanda Kleintop, Northwestern University; William A. Link, University of Florida; Mary McAvoy, Arizona State University; ShaVonte' Mills, Pennsylvania State University; Robert S. Richard, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Ashley Schmidt, Tulane University; Kimberly B. Sherman, University of St. Andrews; Jason Stroud, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and David C. Williard, University of St. Thomas.
Archie K. Davis Fellowships assist scholars in their travel to sources of North Carolina history. The annual deadline for proposals is March 1.
For More Information: http://www.ncsociety.org
Posted: June 30, 2016
National Humanities Center Residential Fellowships 2017-18
The National Humanities Center invites applications for academic-year or one-semester residencies. Fellowship applicants must have a PhD or equivalent scholarly credentials. Mid-career as well as senior scholars from all areas of the humanities are welcome; emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work are also invited to apply.
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Posted: June 24, 2016
The Harvard-Newcomen Postdoctoral Fellowship in Business History
To be awarded for twelve months' residence, study, and research at Harvard Business School. The fellowship is open to scholars who, within the last ten years, have received a Ph.D. in history, economics, or a related discipline. This fellowship is to enable scholars to engage in research that will benefit from the resources of Harvard Business School and the larger Boston scholarly community. A travel fund and a book fund will be provided. This fellowships will also provide an opportunity for the fellow to participate in the activities of Harvard Business School. This can take several forms. The fellow can research and write a case, under the direction of a senior faculty member, to be used in one of the business history courses. She or he might also organize a research conference under the auspices of the Business History Initiative, or assist the Initiative's ongoing projects in other ways.
Applicants should submit a CV, undergraduate transcript and graduate-school record, thesis abstract, and writing sample (such as an article or a book chapter). Applicants should also state the topics, objectives, and design for the specific research to be undertaken. Finally, applicants should indicate the names of three people who will write references on their behalf. The three letters of recommendation are to be submitted by the writers directly by October 17 of the calendar year preceding that in which the fellowship is to be used. It is the responsibility of the applicant to solicit these letters.
The fellowship will be awarded and all applicants notified by mid-January. The Fellowship will begin July 1.
Applications should be received no later than October 17 and submitted online to: https://poplar.hbs.edu/ofr/register/registerApplicant.htm. Please direct your recommenders to visit: https://poplar.hbs.edu/ofr/upload/startUploadRecommendation.htm.
Posted: May 23, 2016
Thomas K. McCraw Fellowship
This award honors the work and contributions of Thomas K. McCraw (1940-2012), who was Isidor Straus Professor of Business History at Harvard Business School. The fellowship enables established scholars from around the world whose primary interest is the business and economic history of the United States to spend time in residence at Harvard Business School. The main activities of the Thomas K. McCraw Fellow will be to conduct research in the archives of Baker Library or in other Boston-area libraries, present his or her work at a seminar, and interact with HBS faculty.
The Thomas K. McCraw Fellow will receive a stipend of $7,000 to cover travel and living expenses. Fellows are expected to be in residence for a minimum of two months. Recipients of the fellowship will receive work space, an e-mail account, a phone, a computer, an ID card, and access to the University's libraries and to the HBS Intranet for the duration of the appointment. Applicants should send a cover letter, a CV, and a two- to three-page research proposal to Walter A. Friedman, Connell 301A, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA 02163, U.S.A. This material can also be sent via e-mail to email@example.com. Applications for the fellowship should arrive no later than October 3 of the calendar year preceding that in which the fellowship is to be used. The applicant should also arrange for two letters of reference, sent directly by the recommender, to arrive at the above address by October 3. Grants will be announced by the beginning of November.
For more information: http://www.hbs.edu/businesshistory/fellowships/Pages/default.aspx
Posted: May 23, 2016
The Alfred D. Chandler Jr. International Visiting Scholar in Business History Program
The Alfred D. Chandler Jr. International Visiting Scholar in Business History Program invites established scholars in business history based outside the United States to spend a period of time in residence at Harvard Business School. The Chandler International Visiting Scholar is expected to interact with faculty and researchers, present work at research seminars, and conduct business history research.
Recipients will be given a $7,000 stipend (payable at the end of their visit), office space, an e-mail account, phone, computer, ID card, and access to the University's libraries and the HBS Intranet. The program requires a two-month minimum length of stay. Scholars may stay up to a maximum of six months. Applicants should indicate when, during the calendar year, they would like to be in residence at the School. It is expected that the recipient will be actively engaged in the intellectual life of the business history group. Applicants should send a cover letter, a CV, and a two- to three-page research proposal to Walter A. Friedman, Connell 301A, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA 02163, U.S.A. This material can also be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications for the fellowship should arrive no later than October 3 of the calendar year preceding that in which the fellowship is to be used. The applicant should also arrange for two letters of reference, sent directly by the recommender, to arrive at the above address by October 3. Grants will be announced by the beginning of November.
For More Information: http://www.hbs.edu/businesshistory/fellowships/Pages/default.aspx
Posted: May 23, 2016
The Alfred D. Chandler Jr. Travel Fellowships
The purpose of this fellowship is to facilitate library and archival research in business or economic history. Individual grants range from $1,000 to $3,000. Three categories of applicants will be eligible for grants: 1) Harvard University graduate students in history, economics, or business administration, whose research requires travel to distant archives or repositories; 2) graduate students or nontenured faculty in those fields from other universities, in the U.S. and abroad, whose research requires travel to Baker Library and other local archives; and 3) Harvard College undergraduates writing senior theses in these fields whose research requires travel away from Cambridge.
To apply, send a CV, a summary of past academic research (of 1-2 pages), and a detailed description of the research you wish to undertake (of 2-3 pages). Applicants must indicate the amount of money requested (up to $3,000). Please also arrange to have one letter of reference sent independently of the application. The deadline for receipt of applications is November 1 of the calendar year preceding that in which the fellowship is to be used. All materials should be sent to Walter A. Friedman, Connell 301A, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA 02163. E-mail: email@example.com.
For More Information: http://www.hbs.edu/businesshistory/fellowships/Pages/default.aspx
Posted: May 23, 2016
2017-18 Fellowship Awards Announcement
Each year, the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, invites between 20 and 25 scholars to be in residence for the full academic year to pursue their own research. The School welcomes applications in economics, political science, law, psychology, sociology and anthropology. It encourages social scientific work with an historical and humanistic bent and also entertains applications in history, philosophy, literary criticism, literature and linguistics. Applicants must have a Ph.D. at time of application. Each year there is a general thematic focus that provides common ground for roughly half the scholars; for 2017-2018 the focus will be The Social Sciences in a Changing World. The application deadline is November 1, 2016. Applications must be submitted through the Institute's online application system, which opens June 1 and can be found, along with more information about the theme, at www.sss.ias.edu/applications.
Posted: May 5, 2016
John Nolen Research Fund, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University
The John Nolen Research Fund, established through the generosity of the Nolen family, provides assistance to scholars to conduct research in the John Nolen Papers and allied collections in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections of the Cornell University Library. Any qualified researcher interested in the history of city and regional planning before 1950 with a project that can be augmented by using the Nolen Papers is eligible to apply. Applications are due by April 30, 2016; awards will be made by May 31 for support to begin on July 1, 2016. For fellowship information and application requirements, please visit https://rare.library.cornell.edu/services/funding/nolen
Posted: March 24, 2016