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Summer Seminar in Military History

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Through the generous support of the John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History and Strategic Analysis at the Virginia Military Institute, the 2024 SMH Summer Seminar in Military History will be held on the VMI campus in beautiful Lexington, Virginia, July 7-26, 2024. 

This three-week in-residence experience emphasizes the field’s fundamental concepts and questions, contemporary concerns, and pedagogical approaches. Seminar topics will include colonial and revolutionary conflict, 19th-century military thought, imperial armies and navies, the World Wars, Cold War conflicts, and recent wars. Visiting Scholars will facilitate sessions with Seminar Fellows emphasizing content and teaching approaches on these and other topics. Seminar Fellows will also interact with public historians and archivists and participate in a battlefield staff ride.

Summer Seminar Fellows will receive:
  • lodging with breakfast for the duration of the Seminar
  • select meals, including a welcome dinner, lunch each seminar day, and a closing banquet
  • a big bag of books, to be shipped for your convenience
  • a $1200 stipend to help offset transportation costs to and from Lexington, Virginia, and other costs, such as evening meals, laundry, etc.
Seminar Fellows are encouraged to seek additional support from their home institutions to supplement travel and other costs.
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Applications will be accepted through February 15, 2024. Applicants will be selected based on their potential contributions to the field of military history and on the contribution the program can make to their future teaching and research. Recent PhDs and advanced graduate students who have completed all requirements for their doctorate other than submission of the dissertation (ABD) are eligible to apply. Selected Fellows must be members in good standing of the Society for Military History. Click here for membership information.
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For more information, please contact the Seminar Program Director, Dr. Bill Allison, at