Jobs and Fellowships
Fort Ticonderoga is hiring a Registrar who will work with the Collections Manager in the registration and movement of Fort Ticonderoga’s collections, maintain the collections database, conduct collections inventories, facilitate collections access, and help manage collections storage and exhibition areas. The Registrar will facilitate incoming and outgoing loan agreements, including paperwork, packing, and couriering. They will assist in processing new acquisitions, cataloging and digitizing Fort Ticonderoga’s collections, and execute rights and reproduction requests. The Registrar will oversee the integrated pest management program and participate in emergency preparedness plans. In addition to collections registration, they will also work with the Collections and Curatorial teams to plan and prepare for the installation and deinstallation of exhibits. The Registrar will assist in the training and supervision of new and temporary staff.
For full position description and how to apply, please visit https://www.fortticonderoga.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Registrar-Job-Description-2024.pdf.
The National World War I Museum and Memorial is hiring for the position of Full Curator specializing in the history and material culture of WWI. This curator will enhance exhibitions and resources, increase the Museum collection of WWI material culture, and strengthen public programming on the experiences of combatants, civilians, communities and cultures in WWI. This position is responsible for the permanent collection, gallery installations, generating original exhibitions, and serves as a member of cross-institutional teams including, but not limited to, curatorial, exhibition-related, outreach, development, and educational museum projects. The Museum and Memorial takes a non-partisan, inclusive interpretive approach.
For a pull position announcement, go to https://www.theworldwar.org/sites/default/files/2023-12/2023-full-curator-job-posting.pdf.
2024 Research Fellowships at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture
The Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC) offers research fellowships of up to three weeks a year to promote the interpretation of Virginia and access to its collections. Thanks to a matching grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and generous gifts from individuals, fellowships carry a weekly stipend of $1,000 and $500 for local mileage. A week is defined as five days in the E. Claiborne Robins, Jr. Research Library, which is open 10am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday.
The deadline for applications is Friday, January 26, 2024. For information about the research fellowships and how to apply for 2024, please visit the following page on the VMHC website: https://virginiahistory.org/research/research-resources/research-support
Dr. James Brookes, Melanie Trent De Schutter Library Director
Virginia Museum of History & Culture
P.O. Box 7311
Richmond, VA 23221-0311
U.S. NAVAL WAR COLLEGE SEEKS A POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW
STRATEGY & POLICY DEPARTMENT
The U.S. Naval War College. The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) is a Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) institution serving the nation, the Department of Defense, and the U.S. Navy. U.S. and selected international graduates earn Master of Arts degrees in National Security & Strategic Studies or Defense & Strategic Studies accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). The College educates and develops future leaders through the development of strategic perspective, critical thinking, and cultural awareness, as well as enhancing the capability to advise and eventually serve as senior leaders and policy makers. The College also helps to define the future Navy and its roles and missions; supports combat readiness; strengthens global maritime partnerships; and promotes ethics and leadership throughout the force. We are actively seeking candidates with diverse academic, demographic, and professional backgrounds. More information on the college can be found at www.usnwc.edu.
Strategy & Policy Department. The Strategy & Policy Department is renowned for its use of a multi-disciplinary case study approach to integrate history, strategic theory, political science, economics, and security studies to critically analyze historical and contemporary conflicts. The Strategy and War course challenges students to grapple with the complex interrelationship of policy aims, strategy, and military operations. Additional details regarding the Naval War College and the Strategy and Policy Department curriculum can be obtained by visiting the Naval War College website at: https://usnwc.edu/Faculty-and-Departments/Academic-Departments/Strategy-and-Policy-Department.
Responsibilities. The post-doctoral fellowship is a one-year appointment in the Strategy & Policy Department renewable for a second year. The position’s teaching requirement is two sections of the Strategy & War course, which is currently taught in the fall trimester from August to November (overall 2-0-0 load). Sections in the course average 12 students who are mid-career officers and civilian government employees. Sections are team-taught by a civilian academic and a military faculty member. In the other terms, Fellows are expected to work on their own research and participate in the intellectual life of the department and college. Anticipated starting date is late June/early July 2024.
Qualifications. Qualified candidates must have a recent Ph.D. or have defended their dissertation at the time of appointment. A doctorate in Diplomatic or International History, War Studies, Naval/ Maritime History, Military History, International Relations, Political Science, International Security Affairs, Political Economy, Regional Studies, or a related field is highly desired. This appointment is contingent upon receiving documented successful dissertation defense before 30 June 2024. The university transcript showing the award of the Ph.D. should be provided to the NWC as soon as it is available. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and capable of obtaining a secret security clearance.
Salary Considerations. Salary is $71,384 from the current Navy Faculty Pay Schedule. The Postdoctoral Fellow will also be eligible to apply for funding from NWC related sources for activities such as conference travel and research support. This compensation package is accompanied by a generous federal employee benefits package that includes health insurance with employer contribution, retirement savings plan, paid vacation and sick leave, and other benefits.
Application Procedures. Applicants must reference VA#NWC-24-02 and forward their material as one application package via email to: NWCemail@example.com. The package should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, a research proposal, writing sample (no more than 50 pages in length), three references (may overlap with letter writers), and up to three teaching evaluations (where applicable). Applications must be received by 11:59 pm (EST), 31 January 2024.
Signed letters of recommendation can be sent independently of the application package and should be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred method) or be mailed via post to:
Department of Strategy & Policy
U.S. Naval War College
686 Cushing Road
Newport, RI 02841-1207
ATTN: Laura Cavallaro
Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Marybeth P. Ulrich, Strategy and Policy Department at: email@example.com
NOTICE OF VETERANS PREFERENCE: There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference to the excepted service; however, the Department of Defense considers veterans’ preference eligibility a positive factor for hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans’ preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD Form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty") to their submissions. Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim 10-Point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and supporting documents required for specific type of preference claimed. (SF 15, which lists the types of 10-Point Preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management Website at www.opm.gov.)
Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.
The U.S. Naval War College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Colonel Charles Young Fellowship
This fellowship commemorates the service of Col. Charles Young to the nation and the Army. Born to enslaved parents in 1864, he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1889, becoming just the third African American to do so. During his career he served in the cavalry, led the military science program (a forerunner of ROTC) at Wilberforce College, was superintendent of a national park, served as military attaché to Haiti and later Liberia, and commanded a cavalry squadron in the Philippines and another during the 1916 Punitive Expedition in Mexico. He was a torchbearer and trailblazer, becoming the first African American officer to achieve the ranks of major, lieutenant colonel, and colonel in the Regular Army. Through his selfless service Colonel Young demonstrated that African Americans could lead at any level and serve fully as soldiers in the U.S. Army. By doing so he helped open doors for African Americans in the Armed Forces and made the Army more representative of the nation it serves. In 2022, the Army bestowed on him an honorary promotion to the rank of brigadier general.
The U.S. Army Center of Military History (CMH) sponsors this fellowship with the objective of increasing diversity in its historian workforce and in the history it produces. Fellows will acquire additional knowledge in the fields of U.S. Army history and general military history, gain firsthand experience in the federal government history community, and obtain a security clearance. Fellows thus will be better prepared for possible future opportunities with the federal government as a civil service employee or contractor. Fellows with a PhD will receive $80,000 in return for working at the Center of Military History for one year. Fellows who have not yet completed their PhD degree and are in all-but-dissertation (ABD) status will receive $60,000. The fellowship does not include any paid benefits, other than 11 paid national holidays and 26 days of paid leave. By mutual agreement, the fellowship may be extended for a second year. Fellows will work a standard 40-hour week but are eligible for flexible work schedules that may permit occasional weekdays off in addition to holidays and paid leave. Fellows are eligible for partial telework, but should anticipate spending part of each week at CMH offices in Washington, D.C.
Fellows will be part of the Historical Programs Directorate within CMH. The directorate researches, writes, and publishes historical books and monographs; provides historical support to the Headquarters, Department of the Army; manages the Army’s lineage and honors program; and oversees the field history program throughout the Army..Fellows will perform one or more of the following duties in furtherance of those CMH missions: conduct archival research in support of a major official history book project, research and write short monographs, assist with preparation for and conduct of oral histories, research and write information papers intended for senior leaders, assist in guiding battlefield staff rides, and answer historical inquiries. Fellow duties also include researching and writing historical content for Army History magazine and the CMH website and providing support to commemorative programs. CMH will assign specific duties based on the experience and interests of the fellow and the needs of the directorate. The Fellows also will participate in a mentorship program with CMH senior historians and in a professional development program that introduces them to most of the larger government history organizations in the Washington, D.C. area.
The fellowship is open to individuals who are citizens of the United States and who have graduated within the past two years with a doctoral degree in history from an accredited university or who have completed their general exams and are in the dissertation phase of a doctoral degree program in history at an accredited university. Preference is given to those who have focused their education in the field of military history, but historians from any field are encouraged to apply. Fellows must be eligible to obtain a secret security clearance, so they should have no issues such as a history of criminal convictions or illegal substance use that will unreasonably delay processing for a clearance. A security clearance will provide many opportunities for employment throughout the federal government and industry at the completion of the fellowship.
Applications must be submitted by 28 February 2024. Applicants possessing a PhD should have graduated from that degree program no earlier than 1 May 2022. The exact start date of the fellowship is negotiable but should begin on 1 August 2024. A complete application package includes the following items:
1) Letter from the applicant explaining why they are seeking the fellowship (no more than two pages in single-space, 12-point, Times New Roman font). Applicants are invited, but not required, to explain how their background contributes to the diversity of the military history profession or to their approach to study in the field of military history.
2) A curriculum vitae or resume (in 12-point Times New Roman font) listing education completed or in progress, a brief description of the completed or in-progress dissertation, recent employment history, publications, presentations at academic conferences, and awards or recognitions (highlighting those relevant to the field of history).
3) A transcript covering academic work at the masters (if applicable) and doctoral level.
4) A letter of recommendation from at least one professor at the student’s graduate school, and preferably two.
5) A writing sample of 15–25 pages in the form of a published article or a paper submitted for course credit. This can be submitted in Word or PDF format.
Applications must be submitted digitally to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants can submit any questions they may have to the same address.
The Charles Koch Foundation Foreign Policy Grants Team recently launched a new RFPs that will be of interest to SMH members. Their focus is primarily on supporting research with relevance to current U.S. foreign policy debates. All of these RFPs operate on a rolling basis and are open to scholars at all levels, including graduate students via their dissertation grants.
Foreign Policy - https://charleskochfoundation.org/grants/foreign-policy-research-grants/
Ending Endless Wars in the Middle East - https://charleskochfoundation.org/grants/ending-endless-wars-in-the-middle-east/
The Future of America’s Alliances - https://charleskochfoundation.org/grants/the-future-of-americas-alliances/
Managing Relations with China - https://charleskochfoundation.org/grants/managing-relations-with-china/
Trade Policy - https://charleskochfoundation.org/grants/trade-policy-research/
U.S. Foreign Policy Dissertation Grants - https://charleskochfoundation.org/grants/u-s-foreign-policy-dissertations/
While the Foundation anticipate these RFPs being open long-term, they do reassess their priorities on an annual basis. All open RFPs can always be found on this webpage: https://charleskochfoundation.org/partner-with-us/
Charles A. and Loyola M. Murphy Endowed Scholarship for the Study of 10th Mountain Military History
Recently, the 10th Mountain Foundation partnered with the family of WWII veteran, Charles Murphy (86-I) to create our first endowed scholarship for graduate students in military history.
Applicants need not be 10th Mountain descendants, but they do need to be studying about the Division. and its related units.
This $5,000 scholarship granted once per recipient and celebrates the devotion to education that Charles Murphy and his wife Loyola brought following his return from Italy and his is 31 years of teaching and coaching.
The Ronald Reagan Institute announces a new Postdoctoral Visiting Scholars Program for work that advances the political, economic, and national security ideas and values of President Ronald Reagan. Visiting Scholars will be selected based on the relevance of their research to these principles. Proposals will also be judged on the likelihood of completion of a book manuscript during the fellowship period. In addition to a stipend of $75,000, each scholar will receive an additional $5,000 for research related costs.