Publication Date

April 8, 2009

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Becoming a Historian: A Canadian ManualIn 2003, the AHA published Becoming a Historian: A Survival Manual, which presents practical information and advice for those at every stage of work in the history profession. It covers everything from how to apply for grad school, to navigating one’s graduate studies after getting in, to beginning the job search, to successfully interviewing, to transitioning into a faculty position, to getting published, and more.

The 2003 manual is the third incarnation of this book, following the first edition, a Manual for Women (and Other) Historians in 1975, and Becoming a Historian: A Manual for Women and Men in 1991.

A Canadian Manual
In 1999 the manual was adapted into a Canadian version through a partnership with the Canadian Historical Association. Recently, “in response to the changes in graduate student funding, the job market, scholarly publishing, and other academic practices across North America since 1999,” the Canadian manual has been revised and updated.

The complete contents of Becoming a Historian: A Canadian Manual(in both English and French) are now available online and can be downloaded as PDFs. Chapters in the manual include:

An Introduction

Graduate School

Conferences, publications, and fellowships


The web site also includes bonus supplemental information that links to more resources and samples:

While this manual is mainly centered on history education and the history profession in Canada, it does also take into account the history job market in the U.S. and internationally. So check it out online, and consider the current AHA version as well.

This post first appeared on AHA Today.

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