The National History Center invites applications from historians (in the United States and abroad) at the beginning of their careers who are interested in participating in an international seminar on the history of decolonization in the 20th century. The seminar, July 6–August 2, 2008, in Washington, D.C. at the Library of Congress, focuses in particular on the transitions from colonies to nations in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean.
The selected 15 participants receive a small stipend and the Center meets meet the costs the travel and accommodations in Washington, D.C.
Requirements: Applicants should preferably have a recent PhD (obtained after January 1, 2002) and be at the beginning of their careers. Applications from advanced PhD students who are nearing completion of their dissertations are also encouraged.
Applicants should note that all the academic activities (including discussions and written work) will be in English. Applicants must, therefore, be fluent in English.
The applications should contain the following items:
(i) a cover letter of not more than two pages that includes a brief (100 word) statement about the proposed research project relating to the history of decolonization; (ii) a c.v. of not more than two pages; (iii) a statement of not more than 1,000 words outlining the research project, briefly indicating the research already done by the applicant, the aims of the proposed project, and (iv) a one- to two-page select bibliography of sources relevant to the proposed research.
Applicants should also have three letters of recommendation in support of their application sent directly (mail, fax, or e-mail). The letters of recommendation should follow the guidelines provided online.
Details can be obtained from the National History Center’s web site, www.nationalhistorycenter.org/semFell.html
Applications must be received by November 1, 2007.
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