Jobs and Fellowships
Ruth Research Fellowship
Graduate students in good standing may apply for the annual Ruth Fellowship. One student will be selected to receive a $1,500 research fellowship to engage in a concentrated 3 week summer research program with the Army Heritage Center Foundation (AHCF) at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Funding for the award is graciously provided by AHCF Board Member, Christopher Gleason, in memory of and to honor the service of two members of his family. Applicants are not limited to topics of military history but may apply to work on any topic that the USAHEC collection supports. Applicants are encouraged to consult USAHEC’s online catalog and identify resources they would like to utilize for their research and include in their application. Currently, research at USAHEC is by appointment only, so the awardee will need to coordinate with USAHEC staff for an appointment and provide a pull list of materials in advance. Applications are due to the Foundation by February 28, 2023, for review. Notification will be provided to the recipient by April 15, 2023. Application is available at: https://www.armyheritage.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/Ruth-Application-Form-2.0.pdf.
Lieutenant Colonel John William Whitman Research Fellowship
In honor of Lieutenant Colonel John William Whitman, the Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to announce the LTC John William Whitman Research Grant. This grant of up to $1,750 is designed to provide monetary support to unfunded independent researchers who are working on under-explored topics of military history. Funded research is to be conducted at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pa. Applicants interested in the LTC John William Whitman Research Grant should submit an application including a proposed project budget, to the Army Heritage Center Foundation not later than March 1. Awarding of the grant will occur not later than April 1. Grant funds must be expended not later than August 31 the following year. Application is available at: https://www.armyheritage.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/WhitmanResearchGrant.pdf.
The William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan welcomes applications for 2023-2024 research fellowships. The Clements’ holdings—books, manuscripts, pamphlets, maps, prints and views, newspapers, photographs, ephemera—are among the best in the world on almost any aspect of the American experience from 1492 through 1900, and support a diverse array of research projects.
In addition to the existing slate of fellowship opportunities, the Clements is proud to offer four additional new fellowships for the 2023-2024 cycle, which will support projects in American visual culture, Caribbean and Atlantic history, Great Lakes history, and graduate student research in any area represented in the Clements collections.
Particular strengths of the collection include: The Atlantic and Caribbean world, graphics and printed material, Great Lakes history, military history, gender and ethnicity, religion, the American Revolution, Native American history, slavery and antislavery, cartography, the Civil War, reform movements, travel and exploration, and others.
The Clements offers long term (four months), short term (one month), and week-long fellowships, as well as a digital fellowship with no residency requirement. Applications are due by January 15, 2023 for research to be undertaken between June 1, 2023-May 31, 2024.
Please visit our website at https://clements.umich.edu/research/fellowships/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
c/o Maggie Vanderford
William L. Clements Library
909 S. University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Contact Email: email@example.com
The Linda Hall Library is now accepting applications for its 2023-24 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. In either case, 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, including:
- The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Postdoctoral Fellowship, which 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, offered in partnership with the Clendening History of Medicine Library at the University of Kansas Medical Center, which 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, which provides up to two months of residential funding ($4,200 per month) to a postdoctoral scholar studying any aspect of aerospace history
- The Presidential Fellowship in Bibliography, which 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, which provides up to two months of virtual funding ($5,000 per month) to a Ukrainian doctoral student or postdoctoral scholar whose research 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 20, 2023. For further information, visit the Fellowships page on our website or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
2023 Research Fellowships at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture
The Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC) offers research fellowships of up to three weeks a year to promote the interpretation of Virginia and access to its collections. Thanks to a matching grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and generous gifts from individuals, fellowships carry a weekly stipend of $1,000 and $500 for local mileage. A week is defined as five days in the Mr. and Mrs. E. Claiborne Robins, Jr. Research Library, which is open 10am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday. The deadline for applications is Friday, January 27, 2023. For information about the research fellowships and how to apply for 2023, please visit the following page on the VMHC website: https://virginiahistory.org/research/research-resources/research-support
Dr. James Brookes, Melanie Trent De Schutter Library DirectoR
Virginia Museum of History & Culture
P.O. Box 7311
Richmond, VA 23221-0311
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 Committee consists of current or former 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 (which includes digital humanities research, and can include 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 15 January 2023 with the aim of a final announcement of recipients by 15 February 2023.
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 2021 included the U.S. Army Special Observer Group that laid the foundation for future Anglo-American cooperation in WWII; how concepts of race and identity affected U.S. Army Forces in Liberia during WWII; how cartography enabled Colonel Henry Bouquet’s 1764 expedition into the Ohio country; British coalition policy and strategy in the War of the First Coalition; the military, political, economic, and cultural consequences of the burning of the U.S. Capitol in 1814; how U.S. Army officers created an institutional culture based on protecting women during the Second Seminole War and the war with Mexico; U.S. occupation policy during the war with Mexico; Theodore Roosevelt’s campaign to mobilize and command a volunteer division in 1917; U.S. naval logistics in the Pacific during WWII; and an international history of the utility and legitimacy of military power at the United Nations.
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, Department of History, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York 10996, or electronically to email@example.com . 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 1 January 2023.
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, 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. Transcripts and 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.) ORBs and OMPFs are unnecessary. Applications are due by 1 January 2023.
Required Grant Application Items (must be received by 1 January 2023):
- 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 the funding is not for blog posts or the like.
Suggested Supporting Items:
- Letters of Recommendation (preferably scholarly) –
- Writing Samples or Manuscripts –
- Curriculum Vitae (particularly for those working on a post-dissertation project) –
- Academic Transcripts
- Applications due no later than 1 January 2023 –
- Committee forwards recommendations to the Bradley Foundation no later than 15 January 2023 –
- Announcement of recipients approximately 15 February 2023 –
- Funding normally arrives in March, as a check to you.
Send Application Materials electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Samuel Watson
United States Military Academy
Department of History
Suite 251, Building 601
West Point, NY 10996
The committee strongly prefers electronic applications.
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.