Request for Proposals: Career Diversity for Historians Departmental Grants

The American Historical Association welcomes applications for its Career Diversity for Historians Departmental Grant program for the 2016-2017 academic year. These grants of $3,000 each, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the AHA, will support innovative programs to broaden the career horizons of PhD students in history. Our goal is to expose graduate students to the many career paths available to them beyond the professoriate and to provide resources that will help students to pursue these career paths. Proposals that seek to modify existing career programs will be considered as long as they substantively expand those initiatives. Collaboration across institutions is encouraged; each institution will be eligible for a $3,000 grant. Applications eligible for matching funds from applicant institution are also encouraged.

Types of programs that may be funded include, but are not limited to:

  • Internship opportunities for graduate students within and beyond the university
  • Collaboration with career services center
  • Data gathering focused on career outcomes and aspirations of history graduate students, especially those aimed at creating transparency
  • Workshops or symposia for history graduate students
  • Creation and/or fostering of alumni networks as a resource for graduate students
  • Graduate student-organized conferences on career paths beyond the professoriate, especially those that consider occupations not typically titled "historian"
  • Resources for faculty leadership

Applications must be submitted by history department directors of graduate study or chairs. Applicants are required to submit a 1-2 page proposal, budget, and completed application form through Interfolio at the link below. The inclusion of overhead costs is not permitted.

More information about the AHA Career Diversity for Historians initiative, including pilot program activities, can be found on the Career Diversity website and in our blog series on AHA Today.  Descriptions of previous recipients' projects are also found online. Please contact Emily Swafford with questions.

Please apply through Interfolio: apply.interfolio.com/34014 

The deadline for submission is May 23, 2016