Publication Date

May 20, 2015

AHA Career Diversity is pleased to announce its next venture to expand opportunities for history graduate students and allow for the broadest collection of knowledge on integrating career paths into graduate education: grants for individual history departments.

Request for Proposals

The American Historical Association welcomes applications for its Career Diversity for Historians Departmental Grant program for the 2015–16 academic year. These grants, each for $3,000 and 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 careers 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 centers
  • 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”

Applications must be submitted by History Department Directors of Graduate Study or Chairs. Applicants are required to submit a one- to two-page page proposal, budget, and completed application form, through Interfolio at the link below. 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 series on AHA Today.

Please apply through Interfolio:

The deadline for submission is October 1, 2015.

This post first appeared on AHA Today.

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