The Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program is a competitive summer scholarship program in American history for outstanding college sophomores and juniors. The program, based in New York City, has been designed to both reward undergraduates who have demonstrated superb research and writing skills in the field of American history and to provide an opportunity for the next generation of historians to engage in discussions with eminent scholars and in primary-source research. The Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program has two components:
* 15 History Scholarships that include a five-week scholarly research program
* Up to 50 awards for runners-up, who will be named Finalists and invited to a one-week program. History Scholars receive a stipend of $2,200, along with room, board, and travel expenses for a five-week program in New York City. Scholars conduct primary-source research to prepare historical materials for publication. The
projects provide the students with an opportunity to work with original documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection and other archives. The students also have exclusive meetings with eminent historians to discuss historical issues and gain insight into history as a profession (past sessions have been led by Eric Foner, Kenneth T. Jackson, James McPherson, Sean Wilentz, Christine
Stansell, Steven Hahn, Steven Mintz, Ron Chernow, and Catherine Clinton, among others). A third component of the program is weekly behind-the-scenes visits, led by archivists, to leading repositories of American historical documents, printed books, and material culture.
History Scolar Finalists not selected for the five-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 professionals about careers for history majors, and lectures by leading scholars such as David Brion Davis, James McPherson, and Pauline Maier.
The 2007 Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program will run from June 24-July 28, and the 2007 Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Finalists Program will run from June 9-16. To print a pdf version of the brochure, http://www.gilderlehrman.org/teachers/SCHOLARS%202007.pdf. For more information about the program, go to http://www.gilderlehrman.org/teachers/student2.html or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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