Organization of American Historians John Higham Research Fellowship 2018, USA

Publish Date: Jul 07, 2017

Deadline: Dec 01, 2017

John Higham Research Fellowship

Graduate Students: Apply now for a 2018 John Higham Research Fellowship.

The Organization of American Historians (OAH) invites applications for its annual John Higham Research Fellowship. When fully funded, the Higham Fellowship will offer two annual awards ranging from $1,000 to $1,500 each to successful applicants. Until that time, funds equal to 5% of the fund balance will be awarded, the amounts to be determined by the John Higham Research Fellowship Committee.

This fellowship is open to all graduate students writing doctoral dissertations for a PhD in American history. Applicants pursuing research in those fields most congenial to the research and writing interests of John Higham will receive special consideration. These topics include U.S. social and intellectual history broadly considered, with preference given to research projects on American immigration and ethnic history as well as American historiography, and the cultural history of the nineteenth-century U.S.

Recipients will be notified after February 1, 2018. Grants will be announced at the 2018 OAH Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California, April 12–14.

The grants are given in memory of John Higham (1920-2003), past president of the OAH and an important figure in immigration, ethnic, and intellectual history. Thanks to the generosity of William L. and Carol B. Joyce in providing a leadership gift to initiate this fellowship, the OAH is pleased to offer this award while at the same time it pursues additional fund-raising efforts to further expand the program.


Applications are due by midnight (PST) on December 1, 2017. Applications should include the following components:

1. Project proposal of no more than 1,000 words describing the applicant's research project and detailing how the funds will be used.

2. An updated curriculum vitae with a list of the names and addresses of references.

3. Two signed letters of recommendation on official letterhead submitted independently by referees. Letters in the form of a signed PDF should be e-mailed to the chair of the John Higham Research Fellowship Committee at the address listed below. We ask that recommenders use the subject line "Recommendation for [APPLICANT'S NAME]."

Complete all application components (including project proposal, names and addresses of recommenders, and curriculum vitae), in a recent version of Microsoft Word or PDF (preferable), and e-mail the entire electronic file to the chair of the John Higham Research Fellowship Committee at the address listed below. This application package and two supporting letters of recommendation must be received by midnight (PST) on December 1, 2017. We regret that we cannot consider late or incomplete applications. Applicants are advised to request recommendation letters well in advance and to direct referees to the OAH website for guidance.

Fellowship recipients are expected to submit a project report to the OAH office within one year of receiving the fellowship.

Submission Policy

It is the policy of the OAH to honor those applicants who submit their applications on or before the stated deadline date. Applications that are not postmarked by close of business on the deadline date will not be considered. Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after the postmark deadline for each book award and before January 1 of the following year. Electronic files will not be accepted. If a bound page proof is submitted, a bound copy of the entry must be sent to each committee member and postmarked no later than January 8 of the year in which the award or prize is given. Bound page proofs not followed with a bound copy of the book will not be considered. If a book carries a copyright date that is different from the publication date, but the actual publication date falls during the correct time frame, making it eligible, please include a letter of explanation from the publisher with each copy of the book sent to the committee members.

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