The Weatherhead Initiative on Global History (WIGH) at Harvard University identifies and supports outstanding scholars whose work responds to the growing interest in the encompassing study of global history. We seek to organize a community of scholars interested in the systematic scrutiny of developments that have unfolded across national, regional, and continental boundaries and who propose to analyze the interconnections—cultural, economic, ecological, political and demographic—among world societies. We encourage applicants from all over the world, and especially from outside Europe and North America, hoping to create a global conversation on global history.
WIGH Fellows are appointed for one academic year and are provided time, guidance, office space, and access to Harvard University facilities. They should be prepared to devote their entire time to productive scholarship and may undertake sustained projects of research or other original work. They will join a vibrant community of global history scholars at Harvard. The WIGH Fellowship is residential and Fellows are expected to live in the Cambridge/Boston area for the duration of their appointments unless traveling for pre-approved research purposes, and they are expected to participate in WIGH activities, including a bi-weekly seminar.
More information on the program, including events, affiliated faculty, and current and former fellows can be found at http://wigh.wcfia.harvard.edu/.
The competition for this fellowship is open only to scholars with a PhD (or comparable professional school degree). If still pursuing the PhD, WIGH Fellows must receive their degree no later than May 2018. There is no limit on time since submission of the candidate’s degree; we are open to candidates at various stages of their careers.
We are an interdisciplinary program and open to a variety of fields, but we expect that all candidates will be involved in rigorously examining the interconnections between world societies.
We expect that candidates will be able to submit samples of independent work (articles, papers, dissertation chapters) in support of their candidacies on request.
Application materials include:
-A cover letter which succinctly states the applicant’s academic field and proposed or actual research topic.
-Current curriculum vitae, including a list of publications.
-A statement of the applicant’s proposed research, including intellectual objectives and planned methodological and disciplinary work (no more than 3 pages.)
Weatherhead Initiative on Global History
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Cambridge, MA 02138
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