The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is accepting applications for Kluge Fellowships. These fellowships offer post-doctoral scholars an opportunity to conduct humanistic and social-science research in the library’s large and varied collections. The fellowships are awarded for periods of up to 11 months at a stipend of $4,200 per month. Applications must be postmarked by Thursday, July 15, 2010. For more information and an application form, visit the Kluge Fellowships page. Or contact Ms.
The AHA’s History Doctoral Programs web site has now been updated to include current information on students, faculty, and departments as a whole. In addition to department-level fixes, the site has also been updated to include links to a wealth of additional information about universities in the United States.
Since the site was first brought online five years ago, staff have only been able to regularly change some of the information—such as the general program descriptions and information on special programs and resources, financial aid, and degree requirements.
The Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami is proud to launch a new Cuban Heritage Collection Fellowships Program that is available to graduate students. Both exploratory pre-prospectus and dissertation research fellowships are available. The deadline for sending in application materials is on February 19, 2010. For more information and instructions on how to apply see the Fellowships page online.
In advance of the annual meeting, we are publishing the annual job report online a bit earlier than the rest of the January issue of Perspectives on History. It offers troubling news for job seekers, the history doctoral programs conferring their degrees, and the discipline as a whole.
In the 2008–09 academic year job advertisements fell by 23.8 percent—from a record high of 1,053 openings in 2007–08 to 806 openings in the past year. This was the smallest number of positions advertised with the AHA in a decade.
We are pleased to announce the establishment of an Early Career Member category, to assist junior members of the profession in their transition from graduate school into long-term employment in the profession.
For years now, younger members of the Association have chafed at the doubling of dues when they switch from student to regular member, and quite a few have indicated they had dropped their memberships as a result. To encourage sustained membership in the Association, the new category will provide an incremental step on the path toward sustained membership—rising from the student rate of $39 to the transitional rate of $50 for the first three years after leaving the student membership category.
The Department of Education has just published a new Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) that tries to reduce our discipline to a few categories ranging from American history to military history, but the categories selected for note offer a rather distorted picture of what students are being taught in our field. The new list contains 10 categories: History; History, General; American History (United States); European History; History and Philosophy of Science and Technology; Public/Applied History; Asian History; Canadian History; Military History; and History, Other.
In the current economy there has been a lot of attention on the housing bubble bursting, and in the first article we link to this week two authors from the Chronicle ask, “Will Higher Education be the Next Bubble to Burst?” Also looking at the future and universities, Phil Pochoda considers what’s in store for university presses. We also link to two Civil War related pieces: thoughts on the centennial commemoration with an eye toward the Civil War sesquicentennial, and a look at women who fought in the Civil War.
The Huggins-Quarles Award is given annually, by the Organization of American Historians, to one or two graduate students of color at the dissertation research stage of their PhD program. This award is named for Benjamin Quarles and Nathan Huggins, two outstanding historians of the African American past. To apply, students must submit a five-page dissertation proposal, along with a one-page itemized budget explaining travel and research plans. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2009. For detailed instructions on how to apply, see the Huggins-Quarles Award page.