In the news this week, National History Center Founding Director Wm. Roger Louis has won a distinguished teaching award. Then, two articles explore how internships and other experiences outside the academe can supplement one’s graduate education. Explore some interesting online resources through the Digital Archives of the National Library of Scotland, at The Memory Palace podcast blog, and at an upcoming exhibit on FDR. Finally, we continue our look at “History in Hard Times” with concerns about the Iraq National Library and Archive and an update on the Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
This week we start off with a number of alerts by the National Coalition for History. First, the NCH examines the recent release of the Rosenberg grand jury transcripts, and next points to two opportunities to nominate (for a preservation award and for the most endangered Civil War battlefield list). Then, read Inside Higher Ed’s report on a new form of adjunct abuse, Siva Vaidhyanathan’s critique of the so-called “digital generation,” information on a forum on preserving the news, Constitution Day resources, and finally humor in the rejection letter.
School is starting, and many rising seniors are considering whether or not to take their history majors to the next level: graduate school. But how does one choose the best graduate program? What does the application process look like? The AHA has some resources on its web site that are worth considering.
The most useful guide on our web site is “Graduate School Application Process: From Start to Finish” published by the Committee for Graduate Students. It breaks down the application process into two components–the application phase and the decision phase–and offers helpful advice and questions to be asked in each.
This week’s What We’re Reading includes links from one end of the graduate school spectrum to the other. Read the latest installment in Claire Potter’s series on the hiring process, or start from the beginning with Student Hacks’ timetable for entering graduate school. Then, the ACRLog asks, “Where do you draw the line on plagiarism?” And we round this post off with a report from the Library of Congress on recently discovered treasures, and a number of Hillary Clinton’s campaign memos from The Atlantic.
The summer season is half over and it’s time to start preparing for the fall semester. For many, that will mean starting the first year of graduate study in history. The transition from undergraduate to graduate work can be difficult – for me, graduate courses felt like walking into the middle of an ongoing conversation and struggling to get caught up. On the AHA web site, we have a couple resources that rising graduate students may be interested in as they start their journey.
The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) offers two year-long Dissertation Completion Fellowships in the amount of $20,000 each, to support the writing and completion of the doctoral dissertation. Applicants should be candidates for the PhD in a humanities or social science doctoral program (most likely history), must have been admitted to candidacy, and must be at the writing stage, with all substantial research completed by the time of the award. Applicants should be working on a topic in the field of U.S.
The Library Company of Philadelphia Program in Early American Economy and Society (PEAES) Fellowships are designed to promote scholarship in early American economy and society, broadly defined, from its colonial beginnings to roughly the 1850s. One dissertation-level fellowship is available, carries a stipend of $20,000, and is tenable for nine consecutive months of residency from September 1, 2008 to May 31, 2009. Some of the possible topics of research include the history of commerce, finance, technology, manufacturing, agriculture, internal improvements, and political economy.
Dissertation Fellowships from the United States Army Center of Military History support scholarly research and writing among qualified civilian graduate students preparing dissertations in the history of warfare. The Center offers three Dissertation Fellowships each year. One, funded by the National Museum of the U.S. Army, is designed to support dissertations that explore the material culture of the Army; the two others support research in the more general areas of military history in all its many aspects. These fellowships carry a $10,000 stipend and access to the Center’s facilities and technical expertise.