Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University Two Year Postdoctoral Fellowship 2018, USA

Publish Date: Sep 20, 2017

Postdoctoral Fellow

The Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University invites applications for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship, to begin in September 2018. Applicants from all fields and topics pertaining to the presidency, the nation, executive power, or the federal government in American history are welcome. The Center defines “Presidential History” in the broadest terms possible. 

The successful candidate will couple their own research and publishing agenda with their contributions to the Center’s Collective Memory Project, a filmed oral history of the George W. Bush Presidency that is wide-ranging and web-based. Fellows receive a competitive salary and benefits, funds to support independent research, and are initially appointed for one year with expectation of renewal for a second year. 

Essential Functions:

  • Individual research within the fellow’s own area of interest leading to publications in scholarly and/or public history venues. 
  • Contribute to the Collective Memory Project of the George W. Bush Presidency; 
  • Participate in the academic life of the Center.

Education and Experience:

Fellows must be in residence at SMU during the term of the fellowship and must have successfully defended their doctoral dissertation before the appointment begins.

Preference will be given to applicants for whom additional time and resources will culminate in the completion of a publishable book-length manuscript.


Fellows seeking additional teaching experience may have opportunity to offer courses in their field of expertise.

For full consideration, applicants must submit the following: CV, letter of interest outlining applicant's research agenda and proposed contribution to the Collective Memory Project, chapter-length writing sample, and three letters of reference.

Full review of applications will begin on November 6, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.

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