Jobs and Fellowships
GRIMSLEY FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT
The Society for Military History (SMH) seeks a doctoral student in military history and who is a member in good standing in the SMH to fill its Mark Grimsley SMH Fellowship in Social Media. This position honors Dr. Mark Grimsley, Associate Professor of History at the Ohio State University, a widely published scholar and leading pioneer in military history social media and academic blogging. The Grimsley Fellow will serve a two-year term beginning January l, 2024, and receive a stipend of $2,000 per year from the SMH.
The Grimsley Fellow will join the SMH's Social Media Committee and act primarily to maintain the SMH presence on Twitter. Among other duties, the Grimsley Fellow will focus on posting abridged versions of notices that appear on the SMH Facebook Group, Facebook Page, and the SMH web site.
Any student of military history currently enrolled in a doctoral program — who is also an SMH member — is eligible for the Grimsley Fellowship. Please submit your application electronically to the SMH Social Media Committee Chair, Dr. Amber Batura, at email@example.com . Applicants must submit:
- A cover letter with a statement describing how social media can benefit and be utilized by the SMH
- The applicant's CV
- Written confirmation from the applicant's adviser that he or she is a student in good standing in an accredited program.
The deadline for applications is 15 December 2023. The Grimsley Fellow will be chosen by a search committee comprised of the SMH Social Media Committee. Contact Dr. Amber Batura at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The Social Media Fellow operates the Society's Twitter page and assists the rest of the Social Media Committee with its duties including management of the Society's Facebook page, and Facebook group. 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, articles, conference events, etc. The Social Media Fellow reports to the Social Media (Facebook/Twitter) team and beyond that the vice-president.
- Operate the Society's Twitter account: @SMH Historians.
- Assist the Social Media Team with administrating posts, membership, and connections to the Society's Facebook page and group.
- Manage the associated g-mail account for the Twitter page: email@example.com
- Draw information from reputable/peer-reviewed sources to publish in tweets and/or Facebook posts.
- Promote online connections to other academic, historical, military, and professional organizations.
- Communicate officially released news, opportunities, awards, and conference information from the Society.
- 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.
- Promote relevant tweets and Facebook posts of related organizations, independent scholars, and news agencies to foster reciprocal visibility.
- Highlight Society-hosted events.
The Linda Hall Library is now accepting applications for its 2024-25 fellowship program. These fellowships provide graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and independent scholars in the history of science and related humanities fields with financial support to explore the Library’s outstanding science and engineering collections. Fellows also participate in a dynamic intellectual community alongside in-house experts and scholars from other Kansas City cultural and educational institutions.
The Linda Hall Library holds nearly half a million monographs and more than 43,000 journal titles documenting the history of science and technology from the 15th century to the present. Its collections are exceptionally strong in the engineering disciplines, chemistry, and physics. In addition, the Library boasts extensive resources related to natural history, astronomy, earth science, environmental studies, aeronautics, life science, infrastructure studies, mathematics, and the history of the book.
The Library will once again be offering residential fellowships to support on-site research in Kansas City, as well as virtual fellowships for scholars working remotely using resources from the Library’s digital collections. Applicants may request up to four months of funding at a rate of $3,000 per month for doctoral students and $4,200 per month for postdoctoral researchers.
The Library is also offering several fellowships intended for specific groups of researchers:
- The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Postdoctoral Fellowship provides nine months of residential funding ($5,000 per month) to a postdoctoral scholar whose research explores the intersection of science and the humanities.
- The History of Science and Medicine Fellowship, cosponsored by the Clendening History of Medicine Library at the University of Kansas Medical Center, provides one month of residential funding ($3,000 per month) to a doctoral student whose research examines the intersecting histories of science and medicine.
- The Pearson Fellowship in Aerospace History provides up to two months of residential funding ($4,200 per month) to a postdoctoral scholar studying the history of aviation or spaceflight.
- The Presidential Fellowship in Bibliography provides up to four months of residential funding ($4,200 per month) to a postdoctoral scholar whose research focuses on the study of books and manuscripts as physical artifacts.
- The Ukraine Fellowship, offered in partnership with the UK-Ukraine Twinning Initiative, provides up to two months of virtual funding ($4,200 per month) to a Ukrainian doctoral student or postdoctoral scholar pursuing a history of science or humanities project that would benefit from the Library’s holdings.
Please share this announcement with graduate students, colleagues, or anyone else who might be interested in the Linda Hall Library’s fellowship program. All application materials are due no later than January 19, 2024. For further information, visit the Fellowships page on our website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders (MEFL) are building inclusive campus communities through their teaching, scholarship, and service. Awardees are early-career faculty whose research focuses on contemporary American history, politics, culture, and society. In addition to bringing a diversity of perspectives to their fields, MEFL awardees are building support systems, networks, and affinity groups for their students and peers.
Funded by the Mellon Foundation and administered by the Institute for Citizens & Scholars, the MEFL award provides a $20,000 stipend—$12,000 to be used for summer research support and $8,000 for research assistance during the academic year.
Application deadline: December 1, 2023
General Omar N. Bradley Fellowships in Military History
Each year the General Omar Bradley Foundation offers $2000 research fellowships to up to ten Army officers engaged in research related to military history. The Omar Nelson Bradley Fellowships selection committee consists of members of the Department of History of the United States Military Academy appointed by the Professor and Head, Department of History, United States Military Academy. Selection of the Fellows will be made without regard to rank, branch, or affiliation with the USMA Department of History. Funds will be granted to those officers who are actively engaged in original, archival historical research (including digital humanities research and digital research in archival sources) and have the best developed plans for conducting significant historical work. Research should be in pursuit of a graduate degree or scholarly publication. The committee will recommend a slate of ten proposed Omar Nelson Bradley Fellows to the Directors of the Omar Nelson Bradley Foundation by January 15, 2024 with the aim of a final announcement of recipients by February 15, 2024.
Who May Apply. U.S. Army officers who are actively engaged in the study of military history may apply for these fellowships. Reserve officers may apply, but preference will be given to individuals on active duty. “Active engagement in the study of military history” includes research toward a master’s degree or doctorate in military history or research toward a scholarly article or monograph in military history, and can include digital humanities projects (the creation of databases, map collections, and the like).
The selection committee interprets “military history” in the broadest sense. Projects supported in 2022 included U.S. Army logistics, 1898-1918; the American Military Mission to Armenia in 1919; the discourse surrounding the Third Reich’s “Islam Question”; the service of the USS Bass during WWII; military intelligence in the American Civil War; the energy security strategies of China and the United States; the first U.S. Special Operations missions in Colombia; and the linkages between overseas empire and governance in the United Kingdom c. 1900-1920.
Officers who have been awarded a fellowship in the past may apply again. In such cases, the officer should indicate the receipt of the previous grant and how it was employed, including any publication (or degree thesis) to which it contributed.
How to Apply. Officers meeting the criteria above should apply to Professor Samuel Watson, Chair, Omar Nelson Bradley Fellowships Committee, electronically at email@example.com, or Professor Samuel Watson, Chair, Omar Nelson Bradley Fellowships Committee, Department of History, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York 10996. The committee strongly prefers electronic applications. These may consist of a single PDF or several documents, but should be sent in a single email. Applications are due by January 1, 2024.
Letters of application should include:
- name, rank, e-mail address, surface address (we will need this to send your check if you are selected), phone number, and duty position of the applicant;
- the objective of the proposed research, progress of research to date, any distinctive methodology to be used, a specific statement of needs for funding (for example, specific archives or collections to be examined, and costs expected to be incurred in doing so), and the proposed method of publishing or disseminating the results of the research. Note that microfilm, PDFs, or other downloads can be purchased with this funding.
- Additional materials that will assist the committee in evaluating the application may also be submitted: letters of recommendation, preferably from scholars (for example, thesis or dissertation advisers, or other scholars who have read your scholarship) and writing samples (of no more than chapter or article length) are recommended. Curriculum vitae (for those working on a post-dissertation project) may be valuable. (You may also note any previous scholarly publications, or those under review or accepted for publication, in your application letter.) Transcripts, ORBs, and OMPFs are unnecessary. Applications are due by January 1, 2024.
- Name, rank, duty position, contact information (including surface address)
- Topic, scholarly value, and concrete objective (expected outcome—publication or degree) of the research
- Methodology (particularly if digital, quantitative, or oral history, or otherwise not the usual written form)
- Progress of research to date
- Itemized cost estimate
- Proposed method of disseminating research results (thesis, dissertation, article, chapter, essay in edited collection, etc.). Electronic publication is entirely acceptable, particularly for digital humanities projects, but funding is not designed to support blog posts or the like.
- Letters of Recommendation (preferably scholarly)
- Writing Samples or Manuscripts
- Curriculum Vitae (particularly for those working on a post-dissertation project) –
- Applications due no later than January 1, 2024
- Committee forwards recommendations to the Bradley Foundation no later than January 15, 2024
- Announcement of recipients approximately February 15, 2024
- Funding normally arrives in March, as a check to you.
Professor Samuel Watson
United States Military Academy
Department of History
Suite 251, Building 601
West Point, NY 10996
The committee strongly prefers electronic applications.
2024 NCPH AWARDS CYCLE OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS
Recognize those who put history to work in the world!
Over $8,000 in award money is available to recognize excellence in the multitude of ways public historians apply their skills to the world around us. The awards program promotes professionalism and best practices among public historians and raises awareness about their activities. Recipients will be honored during the National Council on Public History's annual meeting, April 10-13, 2024, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Guidelines as well as current and past recipients are listed on the NCPH website: https://ncph.org/about/awards/
Due November 1, 2023
NCPH Book Award
A $1,000 award for the best book about or growing out of public history published in 2022 or 2023.
Robert Kelley Memorial Award
This $500 award honors distinguished achievements by individuals, institutions, or nonprofit or corporate entities for making history relevant to individual lives of ordinary people outside of academia.
Due December 1, 2023
Excellence in Consulting Award
Up to two $500 awards for outstanding work and contributions by consultants or contractors.
Outstanding Public History Project Award Two $750 prizes recognizing projects—digital, print, film, exhibit, etc.—that contribute to a broader public reflection and appreciation of the past or that serve as a model of professional public history practice. One prize will go to a larger institution (roughly 6 or more paid staff) and the other to a smaller institution.
NCPH Grassroots Public History Award - Salt Lake City
A $750 award recognizing an individual or community organization doing important public history work in the state of Utah.
New Professional Award
Two $500 travel grants to enable new professionals, practicing public history for no more than three years, to attend NCPH 2024.
Student Project Award
A $500 travel grant to attend NCPH 2024, recognizing the contributions of student work to the field of public history.
Graduate Student Travel Award
Five travel grants of up to $300 each for graduate students presenting (session, poster session, or working group) at NCPH 2024.
We hope to see nominations for your own work, or the work of your colleagues. See our website for submission guidelines: https://ncph.org/about/awards/.
The Charles Koch Foundation Foreign Policy Grants Team recently launched a new RFPs that will be of interest to SMH members. Their focus is primarily on supporting research with relevance to current U.S. foreign policy debates. All of these RFPs operate on a rolling basis and are open to scholars at all levels, including graduate students via their dissertation grants.
Foreign Policy - https://charleskochfoundation.org/grants/foreign-policy-research-grants/
Ending Endless Wars in the Middle East - https://charleskochfoundation.org/grants/ending-endless-wars-in-the-middle-east/
The Future of America’s Alliances - https://charleskochfoundation.org/grants/the-future-of-americas-alliances/
Managing Relations with China - https://charleskochfoundation.org/grants/managing-relations-with-china/
Trade Policy - https://charleskochfoundation.org/grants/trade-policy-research/
U.S. Foreign Policy Dissertation Grants - https://charleskochfoundation.org/grants/u-s-foreign-policy-dissertations/
While the Foundation anticipate these RFPs being open long-term, they do reassess their priorities on an annual basis. All open RFPs can always be found on this webpage: https://charleskochfoundation.org/partner-with-us/
Charles A. and Loyola M. Murphy Endowed Scholarship for the Study of 10th Mountain Military History
Recently, the 10th Mountain Foundation partnered with the family of WWII veteran, Charles Murphy (86-I) to create our first endowed scholarship for graduate students in military history.
Applicants need not be 10th Mountain descendants, but they do need to be studying about the Division. and its related units.
This $5,000 scholarship granted once per recipient and celebrates the devotion to education that Charles Murphy and his wife Loyola brought following his return from Italy and his is 31 years of teaching and coaching.
The Ronald Reagan Institute announces a new Postdoctoral Visiting Scholars Program for work that advances the political, economic, and national security ideas and values of President Ronald Reagan. Visiting Scholars will be selected based on the relevance of their research to these principles. Proposals will also be judged on the likelihood of completion of a book manuscript during the fellowship period. In addition to a stipend of $75,000, each scholar will receive an additional $5,000 for research related costs.