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Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society Fellowships

ACLS is now accepting applications for Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society Fellowships. This fellowship program aims to amplify the broad potential of doctoral education in the humanities by supporting doctoral faculty as they pursue publicly engaged scholarship and advocate for diverse professional pathways for emerging PhDs.

Scholars & Society Fellowships allow faculty who teach and advise doctoral students to pursue research projects while in residence at a US-based cultural, media, government, policy, or community organization of their choice. Fellows and their colleagues at host institutions are expected to create a mutually beneficial partnership in which they collaborate, interact, and learn about each other’s work, motivating questions, methods, and practices. The program supports projects at all stages of development, and welcomes applications that propose to deepen or expand existing research projects as well as those that propose new projects. 

In the 2019-20 competition year, ACLS will award up to 12 Scholars & Society Fellowships for tenure during the 2020-21 academic year. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $75,000, plus funds of up to $6,000 for research, travel/relocation, and related project costs. The award also carries $10,000 in support for each fellow’s host organization, and provides additional funding of up to $15,000 to sponsor on-campus and off-campus programming in the year following the fellowship.

To be eligible for the fellowship, applicants must
• be employed in fulltime faculty positions in PhD-granting humanities departments or programs at a university in the United States, remaining so for the duration of the fellowship. US citizenship or permanent residency is not required.
• commit to a nine-month residency off-campus and at the non-academic institution that they have proposed.
• commit to participate in-person in two multi-day workshops (in late summer 2020 and late spring 2021) during the fellowship year.
To learn more about the program, visit For application tips and answers to frequently asked questions, visit
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Call for Applications: The Society for Military History is currently accepting applications for the Mark Grimsley Social Media Fellowship. Applicants must be doctoral students with an interest in military history or war and society at the time of their application, and be enrolled in a graduate program for the duration of the two-year fellowship period (January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021). Graduate students with experience in social media or digital humanities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Description: The Social Media Fellow operates the Society’s Twitter page and assists the Social Media Team with its duties, including managing the Society’s public Facebook page and members-only Facebook group. In this capacity, the fellow advances the study of military history and diffuses knowledge by electronic means as an extension of print media and other
professional contributions—book reviews, current events, articles, job postings, conference events, etc. As compensation, the fellow receives a $2,000 annual stipend and receives funding to attend (and cover on social media) the annual meeting.

Chief Responsibilities:
1. Operate the Society's Twitter account: @SMH Historians.
2. Assist the Social Media Team with administrating posts, membership, and conversations within the Society's Facebook page and group.
3. Manage the associated G-mail account for the Twitter page:
4. Draw information from reputable/peer-reviewed sources to publish in tweets and/or Facebook posts.
5. Inform members of job opportunities, grants, fellowships, awards, and other opportunities.
6. Promote online connections to other academic, historical, military, and professional organizations.
7. Communicate officially released news, opportunities, awards, and conference information from the Society.

1. Maintain virtual/digital relationships with other organizations including, but not exclusive of: the American Council of Learned Societies, National Humanities Alliance, National Coalition for History, American Historical Association, and Organization of American Historians.
2. Promote relevant tweets and Facebook posts from related organizations, independent scholars, and news agencies to foster reciprocal visibility.
3. Highlight society hosted or affiliated events.

Annual Meeting:
1. Photograph conference proceedings and publicize all events on social media.
2. Post regular updates about conference events, tours, keynotes, receptions, panels, and other announcements.
3. Additional duties may include: photography, film, coordinating events, publicizing tours, directing A/V, and editing the conference webpage and/or program app.

Application: The deadline for applications is November 15, 2019. To apply, prepare a brief cover letter discussing your view of the role of social media in professional academic organizations as well as your expertise in social media, along with a current CV. Compile these documents into a single pdf file and email as an attachment to the SMH Executive Director C.C. Felker at Put “SMH Mark Grimsley Social Media Fellow Application” on the Subject line. For more information about the fellowship, contact the current Mark Grimsley Fellow, Tracy Barnett, at

The National Humanities Center has issued a call for applications for their 2020-21 residential fellowship program. The National Humanities Center is the only institute for advanced study that is devoted exclusively to the humanities. Each year, the Center offers up to forty residential fellowships to distinguished scholars from across the humanities. The application deadline is October 10, 2019.

You can find complete information about the Center and this fellowship at

The John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis at the Virginia Military Institute will award a $3,000 grant to a graduate student in history or related field working on a dissertation in the area of Cold War history. The award promotes innovative scholarship on Cold War topics. The Adams Center invites proposals in all subject areas—including international security affairs, military strategy, leadership, and operations. All periods of Cold War history are welcome. This year, having recently celebrated the 70th anniversary of the formation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO, 1949-2019), the Adams Center is especially interested in dissertations concerning Cold War alliances. The prize is made possible through the generous support John A. Adams and George J. Collins Jr.

To be considered, graduate students must submit a brief proposal (prospectus) describing their doctoral research, a project timeline, and curriculum vitae with a list of references. Applications should be delivered, electronically, to the Adams Center at by 4:00 p.m. Eastern, Friday, April 3, 2020. Direct questions to Adams Center director Bradley Lynn Coleman.

Deadline for submissions: April 3, 2020

Submissions to:

Questions to:

Bradley Lynn Coleman, Ph.D.
Director, John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis
Department of History
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA 24450


Ms. Deneise Shafer
Administrative Assistant
Fax: 540-464-7246

Online at:

Previous Recipients:
• Eric Perinovic, “Ex Machina: The F-104G Starfighter, the Federal Republic of Germany, and the Origins of the Modern European Military Aviation Sector,” Temple University.
• Hosub Shim, “The Forgotten Army: A History of the Republic of Korea Forces’ in the Vietnam War, 1965–1973,” University of Kansas.
• Kate Tietzen, “Iraq in the Cold War and beyond the fall of the Soviet Union, 1968–2003,” Kansas State University.
• Susan Colbourn, “Defining Détente: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Struggle for Identity, 1975–1983,” University of Toronto, Canada.
• Kuan-jen Chen, “U.S. Maritime Policy in East Asia during the Cold War era, 1945–1979,” University of Cambridge, UK.
• Nathaniel R. Weber, “U.S. Military Assistance and Advisory Groups, 1945–1965,” Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.
• Brett M. Reilly, “International Military Advising and the Armed Forces of the State of Vietnam and Republic of Vietnam, 1948–1975,” University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.
• Fatih Tokatli, “Turkish-American Military Cooperation and Transformation of Turkish Military in the Cold War, 1947–1954,” Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce three new partnerships that reflect our commitment to supporting institutional efforts to increase the diversity of college and university faculty. Through the Postdoctoral Partnership Initiative, The City College of New York, Haverford College, and Temple University will each offer a two-year postdoctoral fellowship for promising early career scholars from historically underrepresented groups such as black/African American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Hispanic/Latino scholars. The institutions will appoint these fellows with the intent to promote them to Assistant Professors in tenure track positions at the end of the fellowship period. Support for ACLS’s Postdoctoral Partnership Initiative is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
“These three new partnerships each, in their own way, exemplify the innovative, high-quality postdoctoral opportunities that this program was designed to foster,” said ACLS program officer Valerie Popp. “Some plan to target a specific field that the faculty and institution see as a promising environment for more diverse voices, while others hope to create new pathways and processes for hiring faculty across campus. Alongside ACLS, our partners seek to help foster a more broadly representative generation of humanities faculty by recruiting historically underrepresented scholars as postdocs to propel their transition into the professoriate. These experiences also stand to enrich our ongoing conversation about the evolution of the humanities professoriate and the possibilities for programs like these to be transformative for scholars and institutions alike.”
These partnerships are the result of an open call for proposals ACLS issued in fall 2018 and represent an evolution of an initiative to learn more about the role of postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities and their impact on the scholars who held them. For each partnership, ACLS will cover the cost of one two-year postdoctoral fellowship with a competitive annual stipend and benefits to be hosted within a department or center at the institution. The call for proposals continues with a rolling deadline.  ACLS looks forward to partnering with additional institutions that envision working intensively with individual departments that are committed to building a faculty body more representative of the diversity of our students and today’s curricular needs in their respective areas and in higher education, overall.     
For more information, see the program description or contact
The American Council of Learned Societies, a private, nonprofit federation of 75 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. Advancing scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies is central to ACLS’s work. This year, ACLS will award more than $25 million to over 350 scholars across a variety of humanistic disciplines.

The Smith Richardson Foundation is pleased to announce its annual World Politics & Statecraft Fellowship competition to support Ph.D. dissertation research on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, strategic studies, area studies, and diplomatic and military history.

The purpose of the program is to strengthen the U.S. community of young scholars and researchers conducting policy analysis in these fields by supporting the research and writing of policy-relevant dissertations through funding of field work, archival research, and language training

The Foundation will award up to twenty grants of $7,500 each.

The deadline is October 7, 2019.

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