The Art of Writing Proposals, SSRC

Excellent introduction to the peculiar genre of the grant proposal.


Funding Resources for Graduate Students, UI International Programs

Details, application information, deadlines for grants administered by International Programs.


Guide to Grants, Northwestern University French Interdisciplinary Group

See the “Outside Grants” section.


Grants and Scholarships for Study in France, Embassy of France in the United States

Guide to a wide variety of funding sources for study in France.


Pre-Dissertation Fellowships, Council for European Studies at Columbia University

Grants to allow students to travel to Europe to test the feasibility of a proposed dissertation project.


Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowships, SSRC

Summer fellowships for Ph.D. students to support preliminary dissertation research and attend workshops to develop workable, fundable dissertation proposals.


IIE/Fulbright Fellowships

Fulbright deadlines are usually in mid- to late-October, but there is a CAMPUS DEADLINE for University endorsement about a month earlier (late-September).


Chateaubriand Fellowships for Research in France

Dissertation fellowships sponsored by the French Embassy in the United States.


Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources, Council on Library and Information Resources

Supports dissertation research in the humanities using original sources.




• Conferences


A comprehensive, three-part guide to some of the most anxiety-provoking tasks academics face, by our own Prof. Linda Kerber: This excellent advice does not apply just to conferences, but to any public speaking you may do. As Prof. Kerber says, follow the RULES and you will succeed!




• Job Listings

The resources below are intended for Ph.D. students seeking academic positions, but most of these sites also include administrative and public history positions. Not all jobs are listed in all forums, so check all of the below on a regular basis.


H-Net Job Guide


American Historical Association Jobs & Careers

You must be a member to access the job listings, which are updated weekly on Fridays.


Chronicle of Higher Education Job Listings

It’s a pain to search the chronological postings with inconsistent categorizations. Historians are best off scrolling through all listings in Humanities and Social Sciences. Also lists many non-academic jobs for which historians might be suited.


• Advice & Perspective

Prof. Anne Donadey, San Diego State University

How to Prepare for Academic Job Interviews


Mary Corbin Sies, American Studies, University of Maryland, College Park

Questions One Should Be Prepared to Answer for Job Interviews

Academic Job Interview Advice


ChronicleCareers, “News & Advice

Timely advice columns, especially “Career Talk” by Julie Vick and Jenny Furlong, the very wise graduate career counselors at the University of Pennsylvania, and “Ms. Mentor.”

A series of short films designed to inject some humor into the job market process. Mixed results, humor-wise, but the “Job Links” are very helpful.


From ABD to the Job Market: Advice for the Grad School Endgame,” Tim Burke (Swarthmore College)

Burke’s Easily Distracted is one of the most active, interesting academic contributions to the blogosphere. In addition to his regular postings, he maintains some permanent entries, including this typically blunt take on leaving the grad school nest. Burke is nothing if not strongly opinionated, so read with reflection and a grain of salt.


• Useful Books

[All links to Iowa City’s Prairie Lights Bookstore]


Mary Heiberger & Julie Vick, The Academic Job Search Handbook, 3rd ed., University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001.

The academic job candidate’s Bible.


April Hamel, Mary Heiberger, Julie Vick, The Graduate School Funding Handbook, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002.


John A. Goldsmith et al, The Chicago Guide to Your Academic Career: A Portable Mentor for Scholars from Graduate School Through Tenure, University of Chicago Press, 2001.

From the people who brought you the Chicago Manual of Style.  ‘Nuf said.


Emily Toth, Ms. Mentor’s Impeccable Advice for Women in Academia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997.

Check out Ms. Mentor’s column in the Chronicle of Higher Education, too.