The Weatherhead Initiative on Global History (WIGH) at Harvard University calls on  outstanding postdoc scholars whose work responds to the growing interest in the encompassing study of global history to apply for  the 2014-2015 WIGH fellowships.
WIGH Fellows are appointed for one year and are provided time, guidance, office space, and access to Harvard University facilities. They should be prepared to devote their entire time to productive scholarship and may undertake sustained projects of research or other original work. They will join a vibrant community of global history scholars at Harvard.
Worth of Awards
Fellows will receive an annual stipend of up to $50,000, according to fellows’ needs. Because they cannot always offer the amount requested, they urge applicants to apply for funding from other sources as well.

  • Applications are welcome from qualified persons without regard to nationality, gender, or race.
  • They encourage applicants from all over the world, and especially from outside Europe and North America, hoping to create a global conversation on global history.
  • The competition for these awards is open only to scholars with a PhD (or comparable professional school degree).
  • If still pursuing the PhD, WIGH Fellows must receive their degree no later than May 2014. There is no limit on time since submission of the candidate’s degree; they are open to candidates at various stages of their careers.
  • Candidates are expected to submit samples of independent work (articles, papers, dissertation chapters) in support of their candidacies on request.
  • The WIGH Fellowship is residential and Fellows are expected to live in the Cambridge/Boston area for the duration of their appointments unless travelling for pre-approved research purposes, and they are expected to participate in WIGH activities, including a bi-weekly seminar.

How to Apply
Applications are due January 10, 2014. The following materials are required for a complete application:

  • a current curriculum vitae, including a list of publications
  • a statement of the applicant’s proposed research, including intellectual objectives and planned methodological and disciplinary work (no more than 3 pages)
  • a cover letter which succinctly states the applicant’s academic field and proposed or actual research topic
  • two letters of recommendation (can be mailed directly to WIGH by referee)
  • a completed application form

Please follow these important directions for submitting your application:

  • send one copy of each requested item, printed single-sided and not stapled.
  • They suggest that your name appear on every page.
  • Faxed or e-mailed applications will be considered only from parts of the world where surface mail is unreliable or prohibitively expensive.

Application materials should be mailed to:
Weatherhead Initiative on Global History
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
Harvard University
1727 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Deadline: All materials must be received by January 10, 2014. The selection process begins immediately thereafter. Applicants whose materials are late or incomplete are at a disadvantage when considered by the Selection Committee.
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