RESOURCES FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS BACK TO HOME
GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS
Excellent introduction to the peculiar genre of the grant proposal.
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.
Summer fellowships for Ph.D. students to support preliminary dissertation research and attend workshops to develop workable, fundable dissertation proposals.
Fulbright deadlines are usually in mid- to late-October, but there is a CAMPUS DEADLINE for University endorsement about a month earlier (late-September).
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.
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!
THE JOB MARKET
• 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.
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
Mary Corbin Sies, American Studies, University of Maryland, College Park
ChronicleCareers, “News & Advice”
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]
The academic job candidate’s Bible.
From the people who brought you the Chicago Manual of Style. ‘Nuf said.
Check out Ms. Mentor’s column in the Chronicle of Higher Education, too.