Jobs and Fellowships

FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT
The General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgway Military History Research Grant

The Ridgway Family Endowment provides funding to the U.S. Army Military History Institute for the General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgway Military History Research Grant Program. The intent of the program is to support on-site research at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on subjects that are of enduring or emerging value to the history of the Army and are well-supported by the USAHEC's holdings. Details about this year's fellowship (applications due 28 February 2020) can be found at https://ahec.armywarcollege.edu/ridgway.cfm.


FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT
The Lieutenant Colonel Lily H. Gridley Marine Corps History Master’s Resident Fellowship

Purpose The Marine Corps History Division, as a component of the Marine Corps University, offers the Lieutenant Colonel Lily H. Gridley Marine Corps History Master’s Resident Fellowship. Funded by the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, the fellowship is designed to support graduate work on topics related to the operational and institutional history of the United States Marine Corps.

Topics of Study Topics of study may include organizational and administrative policies; strategy, operations, and tactics; doctrine; training; acquisition and procurement; command and control; intelligence; fires; maneuver; logistics; communications; and force protection. In the selection of proposals for funding, preference is given to topics that complement rather than duplicate existing projects.

Eligibility Requirements Applicants must be U.S. citizens and unaffiliated with the U.S. government; that is, they must not be military personnel, not in federal service as civilian employees, and not under contract to the U.S. government. They must demonstrate their professional potential by submitting the following: (1) official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended; (2) a proposed plan of research; (3) a letter of recommendation from their academic director that includes a statement approving the dissertation topic; (4) two other letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to their qualifications for the fellowship; and (5) a writing sample of approximately 25 pages. (Please submit a whole product rather than a fragment). Applicants must have completed by September all requirements for the MA degree, except for the thesis.

Requirements during the Fellowship The fellow is required to reside in the National Capital Region and work daily at the Edwin H. Simmons Marine Corps History Center on board Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. The fellow will spend 20 hours per week working on a directed project, with oversight from staff historians and archivists, with remaining time spent on his/her thesis. On designated dates of the division’s choosing, the fellow will provide periodic oral reports on his/her works in progress. The fellow also prepares a brief written report at the conclusion of the fellowship year. Upon completion of the thesis, the center requires deposit in its archives one copy of the complete bound dissertation.

Stipends and Access A stipend of $35,000 is provided throughout the year in payments at the start of the fellowship period. From this sum, the recipient must meet travel, housing, research tasks, and all other expenses in connection with the fellowship. Payments are made directly to the fellow upon receipt of certification from the parent academic institution that they are a candidate for the MA degree and authorized to become a resident fellow. In addition to the stipend, fellow will have access to the university’s and the division’s facilities and technical expertise as well as a work space and computer.

Applications In your application, please describe the specific focus of your topic. Applications and all supporting documents must be posted no later than 15 February; those emailed after that date will not be considered. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all required documentation is emailed before the closing date. Email completed applications to: edward.nevgloski@usmcu.edu.

Evaluation and Selection The Marine Corps History Division conducts its evaluation of applicants on the basis of academic achievement, faculty and staff recommendations, demonstrated writing ability, and the nature and location of the proposed research. The awards are made based on merit without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicapping condition, marital status, or political affiliation. The center notifies all applicants of the competition's outcome by a short notice or letter by no later than 1 April.


FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT
The General Lemuel C. Shepherd Jr. Marine Corps History Doctoral Resident Fellowship

Purpose The Marine Corps History Division, as a component of the Marine Corps University, offers the General Lemuel C. Shepherd Jr. Marine Corps History Doctoral Resident Fellowship to support pre- or postdoctoral study of Marine Corps history. Funded by the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, this nine-month residential fellowship (August to May) is designed to support either dissertations or book manuscripts exploring the operational and institutional aspect of the Marine Corps past.

Areas and Topics of Study Topics of study may include organizational and administrative policies; strategy, operations, and tactics; doctrine; training; acquisition and procurement; command and control; intelligence; fires; maneuver; logistics; communications; and force protection. In the selection of proposals for funding, preference is given to topics that complement rather than duplicate existing projects.

Eligibility Requirements Applicants must be U.S. citizens and unaffiliated with the U.S. government; that is, they must not be military personnel, not in federal service as civilian employees, and not under contract to the U.S. government. They must demonstrate their qualifications by submitting the following: (1) official graduate school transcripts; (2) a proposed plan of research with timeline; (3) a letter of recommendation from their dissertation supervisor that includes a statement approving the dissertation topic; (4) two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s qualifications for the fellowship; and (5) a writing sample of approximately 25 pages (please submit an entire finished product and not a fragment). Pre-doctoral applicants must have completed by September 2020 all requirements for the PhD degree, except the dissertation. Postdoctoral applicants must have received their PhD within the last three years. Any student who has held or accepted an equivalent fellowship from any other Department of Defense agency is not eligible for these awards. Individuals who accept this fellowship may not accept a fellowship from any other institution for a period concurrent with the division’s fellowship.

Requirements during the Fellowship The fellow is required to reside in the National Capital Region and work daily at the Edwin H. Simmons Marine Corps History Center on board Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. The fellow will spend 20 hours per week working on a directed project, with oversight from staff historians and archivists, with remaining time spent on his/her thesis. On designated dates of the division’s choosing, the fellow will provide periodic oral reports on his/her works in progress. The fellow also prepares a brief written report at the conclusion of the fellowship year. The fellow will also have the opportunity to prepare, offer, and teach an elective course on a topic in Marine Corps history at the University’s Command and Staff College and provide on-call lectures on select topics in Marine Corps history. Upon completion of the dissertation/book manuscript, the center requires deposit in its archives one copy of the complete bound dissertation/book manuscript.

Stipends and Access A stipend of $45,000 is provided throughout the year in payments at the start of the fellowship period. From this sum, the fellow must meet travel, housing, research tasks, and all other expenses in connection with the fellowship. Payments are made directly to the fellow upon receipt of certification from the parent academic institution that they are a candidate for the PhD degree and is authorized to become a resident fellow. In addition to the stipend, fellow will have access to the university’s and the division’s facilities and technical expertise as well as a work space and computer.

Applications In your application, please describe the specific focus of your topic. Applications and all supporting documents must be marked no later than 15 February; those emailed after that date will not be considered. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all required documentation is emailed before the closing date. Email completed applications to: edward.nevgloski@usmcu.edu.

Evaluation and Selection The Marine Corps History Division conducts its evaluation of applicants on the basis of academic achievement, faculty and staff recommendations, demonstrated writing ability, and the nature and location of the proposed research. The awards are made based on merit without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicapping condition, marital status, or political affiliation. The division will notify all applicants of the competition's outcome by a short notice or letter by no later than 1 April.


GRANT COMPETITION
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 adamscenter@vmi.edu 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: adamscenter@vmi.edu

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
colemanbl@vmi.edu
540-464-7447

Or

Ms. Deneise Shafer
Administrative Assistant
shaferdp@vmi.edu
540-464-7338
Fax: 540-464-7246

Online at: www.vmi.edu/adamscenter

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.