Jobs and Fellowships

The US Army War College has posted three positions that will be of interest to SMH members. All three positions close on September 23rd.

Postdoctoral Fellowship - Army Heritage and Education Center
The U.S. Army War College seeks a postdoctoral fellow to support the USAWC, the Army Staff, and others, with focused historical analyses to inform decision-making processes and outcomes. The USAWC is the U.S. Army's senior institution for professional military education. It educates the senior echelon of U.S. military officers of all services, U.S. government civilians, and military officers from up to 80 foreign countries yearly. The USAWC also conducts independent strategic analysis to develop recommendations for senior Army, Department of Defense, and other National Security leaders and decision-makers addressing a broad range of key national security issues.

The US Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) at the USAWC seeks a postdoctoral fellow to provide historical analysis and context for senior Defense officials on matters of contemporary importance. Postdoctoral fellows at USAHEC conduct research to support the USAWC, Army staff, field Army, and joint and interagency staffs with focused historical analyses to inform policy and doctrine decisions. This fellowship is a civilian position at the USAWC as provided under Title 10, United States Code.

Fellowships provide up to one year of support for individuals to conduct research after attainment of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. Duration of the fellowships is 9 to 12 months, beginning no earlier than 31 Dec 2019.

Full announcement at:

Postdoctoral Fellowship - Department of Military Strategy, Planning, and Operations
About the Position:
Postdoctoral fellows will work within the Department of Military Strategy, Planning, and Operations primarily conducting research to develop and build curricular materials but will also contribute to the Department's teaching and outreach missions. Fellowships may not be deferred or delayed. Fellowships may be extended a second year depending on the needs of the institution, performance, and availability of funds. There is no guarantee of extension.


  • Provide up to one year of support for individuals to conduct research after attainment of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree.
  • Serve in the capacity of junior faculty and contribute to research and teaching at the U.S. Army War College.
  • Must possess expertise in disciplines relevant to the U.S. Army War College curriculum.
  • Demonstrate commitment to a career in research and teaching at the college or university level.
  • Conduct research on issues related to their area of expertise under guidance of a senior faculty member, primarily focused on the development of historical case studies for use in USAWC curriculum. Fellows have access to research resources at USAHEC.
  • Assist in planning and conducting student-faculty research activities.
  • Teach selected lessons in the core curriculum or co-teach an elective course under the guidance of a Department faculty member.
  • Publish at least one article through the U.S. Army War College Press or other reputable publications.
  • Conduct lectures and present research at academic or other professional venues.
  • Perform other duties as directed by supervisors.

Full announcement at:

Postdoctoral Fellowship - Army Strategic Education Program
About the Position:
Postdoctoral fellows will work within ASEP and may also contribute to the development and delivery of graduate level curriculum.

The Fellowship duration will be up to 12 months and begin no earlier than 30 September 2019. Initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of extension to a second year depending on the needs of the institution, performance, and availability of funds. There is no guarantee of extension beyond the first year.

  • Postdoctoral fellows serve in the capacity of junior faculty and contribute to research and teaching at the U.S. Army War College.
  • Must possess expertise in disciplines relevant to the U.S. Army War College curriculum.
  • Demonstrate commitment to a career in research and teaching at the college or university level.
  • Lead an Integrated Research Project (IRP) Team with USAWC Students on general officer education.
  • Lead the research planning, IRP team, research execution and documentation efforts, resulting in an IRP report for formal presentation and submission.

Full announcement at:

The US Army War College has posted a Title 10 Employment Opportunity for the Dean, School of Strategic Landpower. For detailed information on the position, please visit

Please note, this is not a Title 5 position. As such, routine procedures for applying through should NOT be followed; instead, please follow all instructions within the announcement to apply. These are much simpler than the usual USAJOBS automated procedure.

The American Revolution Institute of Society of the Cincinnati is offering five research fellowships for 2020:

The Tyree-Lamb Fellowship, two Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati Fellowships, the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Maryland Fellowship, and the Keith Carr Fellowship (the latter two specifically for a scholar whose work is focused in the American colonial period, 1607-1775). Each fellowship provides $1,500 to support the cost of travel, housing, and per diem expenses for a scholar wishing to use the Institute’s library for a period of at least five days. The fellowships are open to graduate students and other scholars who are conducting research that may benefit from the library’s holdings.

The Institute’s library collections include contemporary books, manuscripts, maps, and works of art on paper which support the in-depth study of 18th-century naval and military history and the art of war in the age of the American Revolution. The library also houses books and archives related to the formation and history of the Society of the Cincinnati, as well as materials related to the life of Larz and Isabel Anderson, whose Gilded Age home now serves as a museum, and the headquarters of the Society.

Recipients will be required to fulfill their fellowship research in the library within a period of one year from the date of the award. Further, the recipient will be required to submit a two-to-three-page written report and summary of research findings, which may be published in the Society’s journal, Cincinnati Fourteen. In addition, the library requests a single copy of any subsequent publication (article, thesis, dissertation, or book) that may result.

The recipients of each of the five research fellowships will be chosen from a single round of applications.
Applicants should submit the following:

• A curriculum vitae, including educational background, publications and professional experience
• A brief outline of the research proposed (not to exceed 2 pages). Strong applications will cite specific holdings of the library.
• (For current graduate students only) Two confidential letters of recommendation from faculty or colleagues familiar with the applicant and his or her research project. Note: If letters are to be mailed independently, please include the names of recommenders when submitting the application.

Applications for the 2020 fellowships must be received by November 4, 2019.
Applicants will be notified by January 10, 2020.

Applications should be directed to:

Ellen McCallister Clark, Library Director
The Society of the Cincinnati
2118 Massachusetts Ave, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008

For further information about the collections, please visit the Institute’s website at or contact Rachel Nellis, research services librarian at 202-785-2040, ext. 424; or

Department of History
USS Midway Chair in Modern U.S. Military History
Position Advertisement

The Department seeks to hire a tenured associate or full professor in Modern U.S. Military History to serve as the first USS Midway Chair. It is expected that candidates will have expertise in the field of U.S. military history since 1900, with substantial emphasis on the period since 1940 and the role of the American military as an instrument of state power around the world. The department welcomes applications from scholars whose work will advance research, teaching, and public engagement in the areas of modern military, naval, and maritime history; the histories of war, statecraft, and national security policy; military technology; war and society; military combat operations, military humanitarian operations; post-war reconciliation; the lives of combatants, veterans, and survivors; and public memory. The USS Midway Chair will be expected to assume leadership responsibilities in SDSU's Center for Military History and to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with campus and external partners, such as the Barron Veterans Center and the USS Midway Museum and Institute for Teachers.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate a record of scholarly publication and teaching excellence appropriate to their rank; a commitment to teaching a diverse student population; excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of specialization, as well as general education surveys; and a readiness to advise MA theses and exams. Ph.D. in History required. This position benefits from a named endowment that provides renewable funding to support the individual chair and to advance the research and teaching profile of the Department as a whole. Rank and salary commensurate with experience and professional accomplishments.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.

To ensure full consideration, please apply via Interfolio at by October 31, 2019.  The screening of applications will begin on November 1 and continue until the position is filled.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

USAFA History Positions

The Department of History at the United States Air Force Academy seeks applicants with military history expertise for full-time renewable appointments at the rank of assistant professor (up to 2 positions).

Applicants should possess and demonstrate the capability to teach in one of the core (general-education) history courses offered to all USAF Academy students. The Department of History teaches core courses in both military history and world history. The selectee for this position will also teach upper-division courses in their military history specialty. In particular, the department desires applicants with expertise in one of the following specialties: the history of air power, the history of technology and warfare, or unconventional warfare, including (but not necessarily limited to) low-intensity conflict, insurgency, and counterinsurgency. The selectee will also have responsibility for lesson planning and preparation, course instruction, grading, class exercises, exams, assessment, academic advising, and service on departmental and USAF Academy committees.

Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated excellence and innovation in teaching. Applicants will be assessed based on education, evidence of teaching effectiveness, quality of scholarship, and demonstrated service in an academic setting. Applicants should submit the following items: curriculum vitae with an exhaustive publication record, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and at least three references (three letters of recommendation are highly desired but not required). Cover letter should include discussion of previous experience in academic committees, teaching expertise, curriculum design and management, program review, and department leadership as applicable.

USAFA is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Prospective candidates must engender a climate that values and uses diversity in all its forms to enliven and make more inclusive the work of the organization. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.

The minimum annual salary (12-month working year) for the position of assistant professor is $79,110

The deadline for applications is 1 November 2019.

For complete details on the requirements for positions as an assistant professor of history, and to make an application, please go to the official announcement by following the link provided below:

Applicants can also access the official job announcement by visiting the USAJobs website at and searching for USAJOBS Control Number 542790100.

Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society Fellowships

ACLS is now accepting applications for Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society Fellowships. This fellowship program aims to amplify the broad potential of doctoral education in the humanities by supporting doctoral faculty as they pursue publicly engaged scholarship and advocate for diverse professional pathways for emerging PhDs.

Scholars & Society Fellowships allow faculty who teach and advise doctoral students to pursue research projects while in residence at a US-based cultural, media, government, policy, or community organization of their choice. Fellows and their colleagues at host institutions are expected to create a mutually beneficial partnership in which they collaborate, interact, and learn about each other’s work, motivating questions, methods, and practices. The program supports projects at all stages of development, and welcomes applications that propose to deepen or expand existing research projects as well as those that propose new projects. 

In the 2019-20 competition year, ACLS will award up to 12 Scholars & Society Fellowships for tenure during the 2020-21 academic year. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $75,000, plus funds of up to $6,000 for research, travel/relocation, and related project costs. The award also carries $10,000 in support for each fellow’s host organization, and provides additional funding of up to $15,000 to sponsor on-campus and off-campus programming in the year following the fellowship.

To be eligible for the fellowship, applicants must
• be employed in fulltime faculty positions in PhD-granting humanities departments or programs at a university in the United States, remaining so for the duration of the fellowship. US citizenship or permanent residency is not required.
• commit to a nine-month residency off-campus and at the non-academic institution that they have proposed.
• commit to participate in-person in two multi-day workshops (in late summer 2020 and late spring 2021) during the fellowship year.
To learn more about the program, visit For application tips and answers to frequently asked questions, visit
For all other questions, please contact


Call for Applications: The Society for Military History is currently accepting applications for the Mark Grimsley Social Media Fellowship. Applicants must be doctoral students with an interest in military history or war and society at the time of their application, and be enrolled in a graduate program for the duration of the two-year fellowship period (January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021). Graduate students with experience in social media or digital humanities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Description: The Social Media Fellow operates the Society’s Twitter page and assists the Social Media Team with its duties, including managing the Society’s public Facebook page and members-only Facebook group. In this capacity, the fellow advances the study of military history and diffuses knowledge by electronic means as an extension of print media and other
professional contributions—book reviews, current events, articles, job postings, conference events, etc. As compensation, the fellow receives a $2,000 annual stipend and receives funding to attend (and cover on social media) the annual meeting.

Chief Responsibilities:
1. Operate the Society's Twitter account: @SMH Historians.
2. Assist the Social Media Team with administrating posts, membership, and conversations within the Society's Facebook page and group.
3. Manage the associated G-mail account for the Twitter page:
4. Draw information from reputable/peer-reviewed sources to publish in tweets and/or Facebook posts.
5. Inform members of job opportunities, grants, fellowships, awards, and other opportunities.
6. Promote online connections to other academic, historical, military, and professional organizations.
7. Communicate officially released news, opportunities, awards, and conference information from the Society.

1. Maintain virtual/digital relationships with other organizations including, but not exclusive of: the American Council of Learned Societies, National Humanities Alliance, National Coalition for History, American Historical Association, and Organization of American Historians.
2. Promote relevant tweets and Facebook posts from related organizations, independent scholars, and news agencies to foster reciprocal visibility.
3. Highlight society hosted or affiliated events.

Annual Meeting:
1. Photograph conference proceedings and publicize all events on social media.
2. Post regular updates about conference events, tours, keynotes, receptions, panels, and other announcements.
3. Additional duties may include: photography, film, coordinating events, publicizing tours, directing A/V, and editing the conference webpage and/or program app.

Application: The deadline for applications is November 15, 2019. To apply, prepare a brief cover letter discussing your view of the role of social media in professional academic organizations as well as your expertise in social media, along with a current CV. Compile these documents into a single pdf file and email as an attachment to the SMH Executive Director C.C. Felker at Put “SMH Mark Grimsley Social Media Fellow Application” on the Subject line. For more information about the fellowship, contact the current Mark Grimsley Fellow, Tracy Barnett, at

The National Humanities Center has issued a call for applications for their 2020-21 residential fellowship program. The National Humanities Center is the only institute for advanced study that is devoted exclusively to the humanities. Each year, the Center offers up to forty residential fellowships to distinguished scholars from across the humanities. The application deadline is October 10, 2019.

You can find complete information about the Center and this fellowship at

The John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis at the Virginia Military Institute will award a $3,000 grant to a graduate student in history or related field working on a dissertation in the area of Cold War history. The award promotes innovative scholarship on Cold War topics. The Adams Center invites proposals in all subject areas—including international security affairs, military strategy, leadership, and operations. All periods of Cold War history are welcome. This year, having recently celebrated the 70th anniversary of the formation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO, 1949-2019), the Adams Center is especially interested in dissertations concerning Cold War alliances. The prize is made possible through the generous support John A. Adams and George J. Collins Jr.

To be considered, graduate students must submit a brief proposal (prospectus) describing their doctoral research, a project timeline, and curriculum vitae with a list of references. Applications should be delivered, electronically, to the Adams Center at by 4:00 p.m. Eastern, Friday, April 3, 2020. Direct questions to Adams Center director Bradley Lynn Coleman.

Deadline for submissions: April 3, 2020

Submissions to:

Questions to:

Bradley Lynn Coleman, Ph.D.
Director, John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis
Department of History
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA 24450


Ms. Deneise Shafer
Administrative Assistant
Fax: 540-464-7246

Online at:

Previous Recipients:
• Eric Perinovic, “Ex Machina: The F-104G Starfighter, the Federal Republic of Germany, and the Origins of the Modern European Military Aviation Sector,” Temple University.
• Hosub Shim, “The Forgotten Army: A History of the Republic of Korea Forces’ in the Vietnam War, 1965–1973,” University of Kansas.
• Kate Tietzen, “Iraq in the Cold War and beyond the fall of the Soviet Union, 1968–2003,” Kansas State University.
• Susan Colbourn, “Defining Détente: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Struggle for Identity, 1975–1983,” University of Toronto, Canada.
• Kuan-jen Chen, “U.S. Maritime Policy in East Asia during the Cold War era, 1945–1979,” University of Cambridge, UK.
• Nathaniel R. Weber, “U.S. Military Assistance and Advisory Groups, 1945–1965,” Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.
• Brett M. Reilly, “International Military Advising and the Armed Forces of the State of Vietnam and Republic of Vietnam, 1948–1975,” University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.
• Fatih Tokatli, “Turkish-American Military Cooperation and Transformation of Turkish Military in the Cold War, 1947–1954,” Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce three new partnerships that reflect our commitment to supporting institutional efforts to increase the diversity of college and university faculty. Through the Postdoctoral Partnership Initiative, The City College of New York, Haverford College, and Temple University will each offer a two-year postdoctoral fellowship for promising early career scholars from historically underrepresented groups such as black/African American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Hispanic/Latino scholars. The institutions will appoint these fellows with the intent to promote them to Assistant Professors in tenure track positions at the end of the fellowship period. Support for ACLS’s Postdoctoral Partnership Initiative is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
“These three new partnerships each, in their own way, exemplify the innovative, high-quality postdoctoral opportunities that this program was designed to foster,” said ACLS program officer Valerie Popp. “Some plan to target a specific field that the faculty and institution see as a promising environment for more diverse voices, while others hope to create new pathways and processes for hiring faculty across campus. Alongside ACLS, our partners seek to help foster a more broadly representative generation of humanities faculty by recruiting historically underrepresented scholars as postdocs to propel their transition into the professoriate. These experiences also stand to enrich our ongoing conversation about the evolution of the humanities professoriate and the possibilities for programs like these to be transformative for scholars and institutions alike.”
These partnerships are the result of an open call for proposals ACLS issued in fall 2018 and represent an evolution of an initiative to learn more about the role of postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities and their impact on the scholars who held them. For each partnership, ACLS will cover the cost of one two-year postdoctoral fellowship with a competitive annual stipend and benefits to be hosted within a department or center at the institution. The call for proposals continues with a rolling deadline.  ACLS looks forward to partnering with additional institutions that envision working intensively with individual departments that are committed to building a faculty body more representative of the diversity of our students and today’s curricular needs in their respective areas and in higher education, overall.     
For more information, see the program description or contact
The American Council of Learned Societies, a private, nonprofit federation of 75 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. Advancing scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies is central to ACLS’s work. This year, ACLS will award more than $25 million to over 350 scholars across a variety of humanistic disciplines.

The Smith Richardson Foundation is pleased to announce its annual World Politics & Statecraft Fellowship competition to support Ph.D. dissertation research on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, strategic studies, area studies, and diplomatic and military history.

The purpose of the program is to strengthen the U.S. community of young scholars and researchers conducting policy analysis in these fields by supporting the research and writing of policy-relevant dissertations through funding of field work, archival research, and language training

The Foundation will award up to twenty grants of $7,500 each.

The deadline is October 7, 2019.

For further information, please visit:
Please submit your application to