Opportunities for Historians

Call for Applications: National Humanities Center 2023 – 2024 Residential Fellowships

DEADLINE: October 7, 2022

The National Humanities Center invites applications for academic-year or one-semester residential fellowships. Mid-career, senior, and emerging scholars from all areas of the humanities with a strong record of peer-reviewed work are encouraged to apply.

Scholars from all parts of the globe are eligible; stipends and travel expenses are provided. Fellowship applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent scholarly credentials. Fellowships are supported by the Center’s own endowment, private foundation grants, contributions from alumni and friends, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Located in the vibrant Research Triangle region of North Carolina, the Center affords access to the rich cultural and intellectual communities supported by the area’s research institutes, universities, and dynamic arts scene. Fellows enjoy private studies, in-house dining, and superb library services that deliver all research materials.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EDT, October 6, 2022.

More information about National Humanities Center Fellowships

Posted: August 5, 2022
Tagged: Fellowships

Call for Applications: Institute for Constitutional History Fall 2022 Seminar

DEADLINE: October 8, 2022

New-York Historical Society | Bonnie and Richard Reiss Graduate Institute for Constitutional History

Fall 2022 Seminar: "American Bureaucracy and the Constitution, from the Founding Era to the Post New Deal"

Discover the constitutional history of the U.S. administrative state, starting with the Founding and the early Republic and moving through the Civil War and Reconstruction; the Progressive Era; and the rise and fall of the New Deal order. The seminar will trace evolution in the separation of powers, focusing on the development of federal regulatory power, legislative delegations of authority to the bureaucracy, and struggles over political control of administrators.

Meeting Dates & Time:
Fridays, November 18, December 2 and 9, 2022 | 2–5 pm ET; and Friday, December 16, 2022, | 3–6 pm ET

Meeting Location:
The seminar will be presented in person at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024*

*Although we encourage students to attend the class in person, livestream participation will be offered to admitted students who do not live in the New York Metropolitan Area or who are unable to attend a class in person.

Gillian Metzger, Harlan Fiske Stone Professor of Constitutional Law at Columbia Law School, and co-director of Columbia’s Center for Constitutional Governance; Nicholas R. Parrillo, Townsend Professor of Law and professor of history at Yale.

Application deadline: October 7, 2022

Apply on the New York Historical Society website

Posted: August 31, 2022
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia

McCullough Research Fellowship, Marietta College

DEADLINE: October 16, 2022

Marietta College’s David and Rosalee McCullough Research Fellowship encourages the scholarly use of special collections at the Legacy Library by providing support for travel, lodging, and food at Marietta, Ohio. During their two- or four-week residency, fellows will conduct research, present an informal public lecture on their research, and meet with students once or twice in class to engage in discussion. Fellows receive a $500 stipend for a 2-week residency or $1,000 stipend for a 4-week residency, as well as free accommodation in a college-owned apartment and access to on-campus dining facilities for the duration of the residency. The Special Collections at Legacy Library document the history and culture of the Ohio Valley. The collections are centered on the era of the New Nation and the early settlement of Ohio and the Northwest Territory, but they are also rich in the history of Ohio, the Mid-Ohio Valley, and the Midwest.

Application deadlines are February 15 and October 15, 2022.

Learn more about the McCullough Research Fellowship

Posted: December 1, 2021
Tagged: Fellowships

Call for Applications: McCullough Research Fellowship (Marietta College)

DEADLINE: October 16, 2022

Applications for the Bank of America/David and Rosalee McCullough Research Fellowship at Marietta College, Ohio, are now being accepted for the 2022–2023. The Special Collections at Legacy Library contains rare books, manuscripts, photographs, artwork, and artifacts documenting the history and culture of the Ohio Valley. The collections located at Legacy Library are centered on the era of the New Nation and the early settlement of Ohio and the Northwest Territory, but they are also rich in the history of Ohio, the Mid-Ohio Valley, and the Midwest. Search the Special Collections

Marietta College anticipates that fellows will conduct research in the Legacy Library’s Special Collections over a two-to-four week period, present an informal public lecture on their research, meet with students once or twice in class to engage in discussion, and have dinner with the McCullough Fellowship committee early in their residency. In return, the fellow receives a $500 stipend for a 2-week residency or $1,000 stipend for a 4-week residency, free accommodation in a college-owned or on-campus apartment, and access to the on-campus dining facilities.

For any questions concerning the fellowship, please email McCulloughFellowship@marietta.edu.

Full McCullough Research Fellowship application instructions

Application deadline: October 15

Posted: May 12, 2022
Tagged: Fellowships

Call for 2023 Malamy Fellowship Applications

DEADLINE: October 30, 2022

The Phillips Library is pleased to announce the availability of the 2023 Frances E. Malamy Research Fellowship of the Peabody Essex Museum. All application materials, including references, must be received by 11:59pm on October 30, 2022.

All materials may be submitted electronically to research@pem.org or via post to the Library Fellowship Committee at 306 Newburyport Turnpike, Rowley, MA 01969. Please ensure your application includes specific references to Phillips Library collection material, as found through our online catalog. To apply, fill out the online Fellowship Application Form.

About the Fellowship
One recipient will be awarded the Frances E. Malamy Fellowship to perform independent scholarly research at the library within a three-month timeframe between January 4, 2023, and December 29, 2023. Research must include use of archival materials held at the Phillips Library, and/or archiving activities under the direction of the Phillips Library staff. Research for this fellowship will be carried out at 306 Newburyport Turnpike, Rowley, MA 01969.

The Phillips Library requests the Malamy Fellow to submit a summary of their research for the benefit of museum staff and the public. The format of this summary is negotiable. Past recipients have given presentations on their research or contributed to the museum’s blog. PEM reserves the right to publicize the resulting product to promote research within the collection. Recipients are also requested to submit copies of any publication that results from their research to PEM.

The recipient will receive a $5,500 award, payable in two equal installments, at the middle and conclusion of their residency. This fellowship does not include housing.

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Posted: September 26, 2022
Tagged: Fellowships

CFP: New Scholarship in the Study of African American Religious History

DEADLINE: October 31, 2022

Contact for Inquiries: AARH.Anthology@gmail.com | Co-editors: Vaughn Booker, Ahmad Greene Hayes, Judith Weisenfeld, Alexis Wells-Oghoghomeh

The editors welcome essays that analyze the spectrum of religious innovations, practices, beliefs, theologies, performances, politics, and institutions among Africans and their American descendants from the 15th century to the contemporary period. Please see the full call for papers here: https://crossroads.princeton.edu/cfp-edited-volume-african-american-religious-history.

  • Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words to AARH.Anthology@gmail.com by October 31, 2022, along with an abridged CV.
  • Authors will be notified of decisions by December 2022.
  • If accepted, the due date for completed drafts (of no more than 35 typed, double-spaced pages, including footnotes) will be December 30, 2023.
  • Accepted authors will also be expected to participate in an in-person collaborative revision workshop to be scheduled later.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at the above email address with preliminary inquiries. If there are any additional steps that I need to take to distribute the ad or if there are particular restrictions, please let me know.

Posted: September 16, 2022
Tagged: Calls for Papers

Newberry Library Long-Term Fellowships

DEADLINE: November 1, 2022

The Newberry Library's long-standing fellowship program provides outstanding scholars with the time, space, and community required to pursue innovative and ground-breaking scholarship.

In addition to the library's collections, fellows are supported by a collegial interdisciplinary community of researchers, curators, and librarians. An array of scholarly and public programs also contributes to an engaging intellectual environment.

Long-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars for continuous residence at the Newberry for periods of 4 to 9 months; the stipend is $5,000 per month. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. by the application deadline in order to be eligible. Long-Term Fellowships are intended to support individual scholarly research and promote serious intellectual exchange through active participation in the fellowship program. The deadline for long-term fellowships is November 1.

Questions? Email research@newberry.org

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Posted: September 12, 2022
Tagged: Fellowships

Rockefeller Archive Center Research Stipend Awards

DEADLINE: November 1, 2022

The Rockefeller Archive Center offers a competitive research stipend program that provides individuals (not institutions) up to $5,000 for reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses. The stipend can only be used to facilitate research at the RAC, not for research at other archival repositories or for tuition support.

Applications are reviewed by an independent committee that considers an applicant’s topic and the availability of relevant archival materials at the RAC. Anyone can apply for a research stipend, regardless of country of origin.

To begin the application process, please contact an RAC archivist by October 14, 2022.

Application deadline is November 1, 2022.

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Posted: September 19, 2022
Tagged: Grants

CFP: Archives and Knowledge Keepers: NAIS and the Art of History, A Symposium

DEADLINE: November 2, 2022

Deadline: November 1, 2022

Archives and Knowledge Keepers:
Native American and Indigenous Studies and the Art of History
Boston University
May 4, 2023

We welcome submissions of proposals from early-career scholars working in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) to participate in a one-day symposium at Boston University, on May 4, 2023. Indigenous artists, writers, activists, and scholars working in a variety of fields, periods, and across media, have called for a reevaluation of traditional Western epistemologies that privilege textual evidence as the only reliable resource for creating historical narratives. Textual archives are inherently limited and often privilege elite historical actors who had access to literacy. This critique of empiricism – evident in NAIS, Black Studies, American Studies, and Queer Studies, among other fields – has inspired new considerations of long-established modes of storytelling and knowledge keeping.

This symposium aims to showcase the work of scholars who are inspired by Indigenous modes of knowledge production that might engage textual archives but also use artifacts, oral tradition, and non-alphabetic material texts. Relatedly, it aims to further reflection and discussion among attendees upon the methods, resources, and aesthetic practices we use to tell stories about the past. Presentations (25–30 minutes) should be drawn from current research projects and include reflections on these methodological issues.

Philip J. Deloria, Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History at Harvard University, will read the presentations in advance and deliver a formal response at the conclusion of the symposium.

To be eligible for this symposium, scholars must be in the early stages of their career and from a racial or ethnic group that is underrepresented in the academy. “Early stage” is defined as someone who is working on a dissertation or has a Ph.D. but does not have a tenure-track appointment.

We are planning this as an in-person event to be held on BU’s campus. Participants in the symposium will receive a modest honorarium, travel expenses, and lodging in Boston for two nights. The event is funded by the Emerging Scholars Program at Boston University, sponsored by the offices of Diversity & Inclusion at the Provostial level and in the College of Arts and Sciences. It is being organized by BU’s American & New England Studies Program, with support from the Departments of English and History.

Please submit a 500-word abstract and CV by November 1, 2022, to amnesp@bu.edu. Accepted participants will be notified by December 1, 2022.

Inquiries: Prof. Joseph Rezek, Director, American & New England Studies Program: jrezek@bu.edu.

Read more about the event on the Boston University events page

Posted: August 5, 2022
Tagged: Calls for Papers, Meetings, Conferences, Symposia

CFP: Virginia Forum: "Crossroads"

DEADLINE: November 12, 2022

We are pleased to announce that the Virginia Forum will hold its eighteenth annual conference March 16–18, 2023, at Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia. This year’s theme is “Crossroads.” Nestled on the banks of the Potomac River, Shepherdstown has been a geographical and cultural crossroads for centuries. First Peoples utilized a nearby ford, now named Packhorse or Boteler’s Ford, on trading paths. White settlers later used the water passage as part of the Philadelphia Road. Enslaved Blacks passed through the area throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries on journeys of freedom, and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia played a critical role in the long civil rights movement. Both the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad cut through the region making it a transportation and shipping corridor. And in the middle of the American Civil War, the area not only witnessed numerous armies launching invasions or des perately retreating, but also saw the creation of West Virginia in 1863—the result of longstanding cultural differences and political fights. Indeed, 2023 will mark the 160th anniversary of West Virginia statehood.

The Virginia Forum is an interdisciplinary conference and welcomes work in a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, anthropology, archaeology, economics, education, environmental studies, geography, history, law, literature, and politics. Each year the conference encourages proposals from and ultimately brings together academics, applied and public historians, archivists, historic site interpreters, librarians, museum professionals, teachers, writers, and others engaged in the study and interpretation of Virginia history and culture. Throughout the weekend presenters and guests will share their knowledge, research, and experiences. The Virginia Forum welcomes a variety of presentation formats including complete panel sessions, demonstrations, roundtables, workshops, etc.

During the conference regional public historians will be offering tours of nearby Civil War battlefields (Antietam and Shepherdstown) and historic Harpers Ferry (the site of John Brown’s 1859 raid, Storer College, and the 1906 Niagara Movement). Moreover, the C&O Canal’s towpath (184.5 miles from point-to-point) affords ample opportunities for hiking, biking, and running, while numerous local outfitters offer kayaking and white-water rafting on the Potomac River. “Historians on Tap” will open the event.

While the theme is intended to inspire proposals, it should not restrict ideas or submissions outside of its folds. Potential topics might address:

  • Freedom and slavery
  • Geographical, political, or cultural liminality
  • Canals, railroads, roads, and related transportation infrastructure
  • Emigration, immigration, or migration
  • Social and political change
  • The long civil rights movement
  • Civil War/Reconstruction
  • Vast early America

Proposals are due by November 15, 2022

For Panels: Proposals for complete panel sessions, workshops, etc. are encouraged. Submissions should include: 1) a one-page description of the overall session; 2) a separate, one-to-two paragraph description for each individual presentation in the session; and 3) a curriculum vitae or resume for each panel member, including the moderator, not to exceed three pages in length. Please combine the information in a single Word/pdf document, and please be sure to include the email address and other contact information for the panel’s primary organizer.

For Those Interested in Moderating a Session: Please submit a brief description of your area(s) of interest/specialization and a one-page curriculum vitae or resume with up-to-date contact information in a single Word/pdf document.

Contact Information:
Dr. James J. Broomall, Associate Professor History and Director of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, Shepherd University and 2023 Virginia Forum Program Committee Chair

Program Committee:
Dr. Cicero Fain III, Visiting Diversity Scholar at Marshall University
Kate E. Gruber, Acting Director of Curatorial Services and Special Exhibits Curator, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation
Beth Parnicza, Public historian
Dr. Joe Rizzo, Executive director of Wilton House Museum
Dr. Nadine Zimmerli, Editor of History and Politics at the University of Virginia Press

Contact Email: virginiaforum2023@gmail.com

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Posted: September 19, 2022
Tagged: Calls for Papers