20 Fully Funded History Fellowships for International Researchers and Students in 2017

Publish Date: May 16, 2017

1. Postdoctoral Fellowships in Law and Society 2017, Tulane University, USA

The Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University seeks two or more postdoctoral fellows in law and society. We seek applicants whose research takes an intersectional approach to law and society, reflecting how gender, race, class, disability, sexuality, ethnicity, community, immigration status, and national identities shape law and, in turn, how law shapes those identities. We will consider applicants beginning in the Fall of 2017 or Spring of 2018 for a single semester, a calendar year, or the 2017-2018 academic year for up to two years of support per person. We prefer a two-year appointment, but are open to shorter terms.

2. "Original – isn't it?" Funding Program in Humanities and Cultural Studies 2017, Germany

"Originality" is a crucial criterion of quality in the humanities and cultural studies. The specific nature of the themes belonging to the humanities and cultural sciences, though, makes it extremely difficult to say precisely what constitutes "original", "new", or "innovative". It may encompass anything that contradicts the established knowledge or generally accepted intuition; or just as well the development of a new approach to research, a new hypothesis, a new theory, observation of a new phenomenon, and discovery of knowledge gaps.

With this new funding offer the Foundation wishes to encourage scholars in the humanities and cultural studies to embark on projects of groundbreaking originality. Funding will be made available for initial exploration of the research idea.

With this funding initiative the Foundation is also treading new paths concerning the application and selection procedure – in at least three different ways: In order to expedite processing and enable decisions in between 4 to 5 months, the selection procedure has been trimmed and made as straightforward as possible. There is also an innovative review process, combining pre-selection on the part of the Volkswagen Foundation, and final selection by a panel of experts. Anonymized review ensures that the originality of the idea remains the sole selection criterion.

3. Postdoctoral Fellowships in Humanities 2017, USA, Canada and Germany

Through its funding initiative "Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities at Universities and Research Institutes in Germany and the USA" the Volkswagen Foundation aims to strengthen transatlantic academic relations, especially in the field of the Humanities. In this funding initiative, the Volkswagen Foundation works closely with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York.

4. Uppsala University Postdoctoral Research Fellow Specialising in the Study of National Minorities in Terms of Humanities 2017, Sweden

Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6,5 billion.

The Hugo Valentin Centre (HVC) is an interdisciplinary unit at the Department of History, Uppsala University, with a focus on research and education in two particular fields: first, cultural, social and political phenomena and processes of change related to the ethnic dimension of human life and, second, Holocaust and genocide studies. The former involves studying minorities and ethnic relations in a broad sense, with an emphasis on migration, language and cultural revitalisation, integration, discrimination, and political and social conditions in a multicultural context. Research is conducted in a markedly cross-disciplinary environment that brings together researchers with a background in humanities and social sciences. This announcement concerns a position in the humanities, more specifically in the subject areas of the Faculty of History and Philosophy.

5. Research Fellowships in Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts 2017, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany

The Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie (International Research Institute for Cultural Techniques and Media Philosophy) invites scholars from the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts to apply for a non-teaching Postdoctoral Fellowship (6 months), starting on 1st October 2017.

The Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie (IKKM) of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar is one of ten Käte Hamburger Kollegs funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

6. Postdoctoral Fellowships 2017, Institute of Political Science, University of Luxembourg

The University of Luxembourg invites applications for the following positions in the Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE):
Two Post-doctoral Research Associates (PDRAs) to work on the ERC project “Electoral Legacies of War: Political Competition in Postwar Southeast Europe (ELWar)” hosted by the Institute of Political Science

ELWar is a project funded by a €1.5 million European Research Council Starting Grant in the period 2017-2022, run by Professor Josip Glaurdić. The project will analyse the evolution of political competition over the course of more than two decades in the six postwar states of Southeast Europe: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. Organised around three thematic areas/levels of analysis – voters, parties, communities – the project aims to make a series of important contributions to our understanding of post-conflict societies and electoral politics. Although team members will actively contribute to all three thematic areas, PDRA #1 will generally be tasked with the thematic area “Postwar voters”, whereas PDRA #2 will be tasked with the thematic area “Postwar parties”.

7. Fulbright Senior Fellowship in Cultural Studies 2017, University of Art and Design Linz in Vienna, Austria

This award includes a travel grant, health and accident insurance, and a stipend of € 2.325,- /month for four months, and free accommodation in a studio apartment (35 m2). Office space with library, computer,internet, and e-mail facilities will be provided at the IFK.

English and German are working languages at the IFK. Applicants are not required to speak German.

Open to faculty of all academic ranks with a Ph.D Several years of teaching and excellent research experience in relevant fields is preferred.

St Hilda’s College Oxford intends to elect a Jenny Wormald Stipendiary Junior Research Fellow, tenable for a period of three years from 1 October 2017 (or as soon as possible thereafter) to 30 September 2020 (depending on start date). Applicants should be researching the history of women's social mobility in the UK, or as a comparative/transnational study in which the UK plays a part; or should intend to research this during the JRF. The successful candidate is likely to be at or near the postdoctoral level. The fellow must engage in original research, and may undertake a limited amount of teaching with the consent of the college.

9. Short-Term Fellowships for the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery 2017, USA

Several of the general short-term fellowships are reserved for archaeologists whose work focuses on issues of slavery in the greater Chesapeake region and whose work would benefit from the use of the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery.

Short-term fellowships are awarded for periods of one, two, three or four months to doctoral candidates and postdoctoral scholars from any country. Awards carry a stipend of $2,000 per month plus pre-approved travel costs for scholars from the United States and Canada. The International Fellowship awards include a stipend for $3,000 per month and pre-approved travel costs. Residential accommodation may be available on a limited basis.

10. Stipendiary Fellowships 2017, School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK

The purpose of this scheme is to provide support to early career scholars with relevant subject expertise to pursue innovative and interdisciplinary research on Latin America and the Caribbean in an environment tailored to such work, free from competitive institutional constraints. The scheme enables the Fellows to engage a broad range of UK and international scholars in their research through the formation of networks and through collaboration in research projects, publications and dissemination events such as workshops and conferences. 

11. NNRC Student Scholar in Residence Research Grant 2017, USA

The New Netherland Research Center (NNRC), a joint endeavor of the New Netherland Institute (NNI) and the Office of Cultural Education, New York State Education Department (NYSED/OCE), with financial support from the Government of the Netherlands, announces the NNRC Student Scholar in Residence Research Grant. The grant covers a period of up to three months in residence and provides a stipend of $5,000. A time frame for fulfilling the grant requirements will be established in consultation with the Director of NNRC. No housing, travel funds, or health insurance are provided.

12. Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships 2017, Bielefeld University, Germany

The Research Training Group ‘World Politics: The emergence of political arenas and modes of observation in world society’, funded by the German Research Council (DFG), invites applications for ten doctoral positions and one postdoctoral position

Doctoral/ Postdoctoral position tasks:

  • The main task is to conduct research for a project with a topic connected to the research scope of the RTG
  • Participation in the academic programme of the RTG
  • Participation in obligatory degree programme

13. Institute of Advanced Studies Junior Research Fellows Program 2017-18, University College London, UK

The Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences, together with the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, established a UCL Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences in 2015. The IAS is a research-based community of scholars comprising colleagues and doctoral students from across UCL as well as visiting fellows and research collaborators/interlocutors from the UK and internationally. It is committed to critical thinking and engaged enquiry both within and across conventional disciplinary and institutional boundaries, and aims to provide a creative and generative context in which to question and dislodge habitual practices and modes of thought.
The IAS is seeking to appoint four Junior Research Fellows (JRFs) starting on 1 October 2017. Candidates should have recently completed a PhD in one of the subject areas of either the Faculty of Arts and Humanities or the Faculty of Social and Historical Science. The post-holders will carry out research and collaborate with academic colleagues in the relevant field, and complete an ambitious but feasible research programme. They will develop and organise specific activities relating to their particular research theme (see job description) with which they are associated. They will also participate and contribute to seminars aimed at sharing research outcomes and public engagement activities appropriate to their research topic.

14. Banting Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 2017, Canada

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research-based growth.

The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is to:

  • attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally
  • develop their leadership potential
  • position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow

15. Rhodes University Postdoctoral Fellowship 2017, South Africa

The University Council has established several Rhodes University Postdoctoral Fellowships across all faculties which may be awarded for one year with the possibility of renewal.

The Fellowships are intended to foster existing research and scholarly or creative activities within Rhodes University departments and institutes. Ideally a Fellow's proposed work will closely complement existing programmes in the host department.

16. PhD Projects Fellowships 2017, Max-Weber-Kolleg Erfurt, Germany

The aim of the joined project between the Max-Weber-Kolleg Erfurt and the University of Graz is to provide an institutional base for studies comparing the self—world relations that are reflected in the polytheistic practices of ancient times, with those that crystalize in practices of the contemporary (late) modern period.

Ritual practices have always been a crucial element of cultural research, for they provided the key to understanding the differences in cultural belief systems. Thus, the differences and changes within antiquity have been reconstructed as the differences between polytheistic and monotheistic rituals and beliefs. However, a closer look shows that many pivotal elements of those practices – ancient as well as modern – cannot be accounted for by reference to belief systems. Thus, ritualistic elements such as anatomical votives or feeding the dead have too easily been interpreted as expressions of specific ‘alien’ belief-system or purely symbolic communication. Yet, questions arise as soon as we notice that in contemporary society there are just as many ‘strange’ practices that are in blatant contradiction even to the actors’ belief systems, such as teddy bears for dead children or atheist weddings in sacred places.

17. Samuel H. Kress Foundation History of Art: Institutional Fellowships 2017

Advanced training in European art history requires direct exposure to the object of study, prolonged access to key information resources such as libraries and photographic archives, the development of professional relationships with colleagues abroad, and sustained immersion in European cultures. These related needs are often best satisfied by extended engagement with a European art research center. The Kress History of Art: Institutional Fellowships are intended to provide promising young art historians with the opportunity to experience just this kind of immersion.

The Foundation strongly urges its grantees and fellowship administrators to help diversify the next generation of art historians, art conservators, and art museum professionals by adopting an inclusive approach to all Kress-sponsored partnerships and educational and training opportunities.

18. Doctoral and Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Jewish History and Culture 2017, Jewish Historical Institute 2017, Poland

POLIN Museum’s Global Educational Outreach Program, supported by the William K. Bowes Jr Foundation and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture, is offering up to six doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships for from three to five consecutive months in residence at POLIN Museum and the Jewish Historical Institute (ŻIH). The fellowship stipend is $2,000 per month (payable in Polish zlotys).

Our goal is to support scholarship on Jewish history and culture in the territories of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and its successor states and to develop a new cohort of scholarly expert in this field. Fellows will draw on POLIN Museum’s Core Exhibition, Resource Center, library, and collection and on its expert staff. They will also have access to the archive, library , and collection of the Jewish Historical Institute, as well as to libraries, archives, academic institutions, and research centers in Warsaw – Poland’s vibrant capital city, Kraków, and elsewhere in Poland.

19. Boğaziçi University Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship In Byzantine Studies 2017, Turkey

The Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University invites applications for a post-doctoral research position in the field of Byzantine history, art history, and archaeology. Conceived in the framework of expanding the scholarly activities of the Byzantine Studies Research Center, the nine-month position is expected to start in September 2017. The successful candidate will be required to contribute to the development of the Byzantine Studies Research Center, as well as taking part in the activities of the Center.

20. The Washington Library Research Fellowships 2018-2019, USA

Awards are available for research focused on the life and leadership of George Washington, and his place in the development of American civic life and culture.

We also welcome projects related to the broad themes and historical problems of Colonial America, the Revolutionary Era, and the Early Republic as well as the history of the arts, material culture, and society which help us better understand the greater legacy of George Washington and his home, Mount Vernon. Finally, projects related to national memory, philanthropy, and the history of historic preservation are also encouraged as our resources include the archives of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association — the oldest national organization dedicated to historic preservation in the United States. Successful applicants receive generous stipends and housing on the Library campus for up to 6 months.

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