The Weatherhead Initiative on Global History, A Research Cluster on Global Transformations (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 the academic year 2021-2022 (approximately August 2021-May 2022) 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 competition for these awards is open only to scholars with a PhD (or comparable professional school degree). If still pursuing the PhD, applicants must receive their degree no later than June 2021. 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 expect that candidates will be able to submit samples of independent work (articles, papers, dissertation chapters) in support of their candidacies on request. 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 or unless Harvard University’s coronavirus pandemic response necessitates a switch to a virtual campus. They are expected to participate in WIGH activities, including a bi-weekly seminar.
Fellows will receive an annual stipend of up to $60,000, according to fellows’ needs. Because we cannot always offer the amount requested, we urge applicants to apply for funding from other sources as well. Applications are welcome from qualified persons without regard to nationality, gender, or race.
We have additional opportunities for self-funded scholars, and in those cases will consider single semester appointments.
How to Apply
Applications are due December 18, 2020.
Letters of reference are due January 15, 2021.
Applications can only be submitted through our application portal.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.
For additional information contact:
Jessica Barnard, Program Coordinator
Phone: +011 (617) 495-8923