The History Scholars Summer Program for Sophomores and Juniors
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History invites college
sophomores and juniors with a serious interest in American history and
academic excellence in the field to apply for one of:
15 History Scholarships that encompass a six-week residential research
program in New York City running from June 20 to July 31, 2004.
And up to 50 awards for runners-up, who will be named Finalists and
invited to an all-expenses-paid week-long program in New York City from
June 5 to June 12, 2004.
History Scholars will receive a stipend of $2,400, along with room,
board, and travel expenses for a six-week program in New York City, from
June 20th to July 31st, 2004. During the program, Scholars will conduct
primary source research to prepare historical materials for
publication. At the end of six weeks each student will have completed a
project that will result in a publication credit as co-editor. Scholars
will also participate in weekly meetings with eminent historians, such
as Eric Foner of Columbia University and James McPherson of Princeton
University, to discuss historical issues and gain insight into history
as a profession. A third component of the program will be weekly
behind-the-scenes visits, led by archivists, to leading repositories of
American historical documents, printed books, and material culture.
Finalists not selected for the six-week program will be invited to an
all expenses paid, one-week program that aims to foster an interest in
American history through field trips, discussions with non-academic
professionals about careers for history majors, and lectures by leading
scholars such as David Brion Davis, James McPherson, and Pauline Maier.
To apply, students must be enrolled in their sophomore or junior year in
an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Canada and should
submit these materials:
A cover letter describing their interest in
this program and providing the following information: name,
college/university, campus and permanent mailing addresses, campus and
permanent telephone numbers, email address, social security number, and
the names of two recommenders
A resume and an official college
A sample of their historical writing. (This should be no
more than 5 double-spaced pages and can be drawn from class assignments
or independent work.)
Two letters of recommendation by faculty
members, one of whom is a professor of American history.
All applicants will be automatically considered as candidates for both
the six-week and one-week programs. No separate application is
Applications should be sent to the address below.
Applications must be postmarked by March 15th.
Recipients will notified by April 23rd.
For more information about the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American
History, visit www.gilderlehrman.org.
Sorry, but no faxed or electronically transmitted applications can be
History Scholars Program
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
601 West 110th Street, Suite 4M
New York, NY 10025
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