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Postdoctoral Fellowship Application

CHABRAJA Postdoctoral fellowships

Each year in the early Spring the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies announces the Call for Applications for its postdoctoral fellowships, which offer one year’s support (from Sept. 1 to the end of next August) to Ph.D. graduates of the Northwestern History Department to help them advance their research and publication agenda and gain additional professional experience.

For 2021-22 the Center expects to offer more postdoctoral fellowships than usual and they will be open to Northwestern historians who have received or expect to receive their PhD in the LAST THREE YEARS (2019, 2020, 2021) prior to the fellowship year and do not have ongoing employment. Applicants can be in any History field and must have an August doctoral graduation at the latest.

Chabraja Teaching Postdoctoral Fellows

Fellowship awardees receive a stipend, benefits, and a research fund.  They are expected to participate in all Chabraja Center events, may have light duties connected to CCHS, and will teach 1-2 course(s) for the History Department.  They must be in residence for the full academic year (barring pandemic conditions). Recipients are selected by a committee of faculty from Northwestern and a peer university.

Applications for the TEACHING POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS are due APRIL 20, 2021 by 4 p.m.  We confirm receipt of each application. Applicants are notified by mid-May. Please submit your application to CCHS Asst. Director, Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch,

  1. A cover letter outlining your research and teaching interests
  2. A current curriculum vitae
  3. One article or chapter-length writing sample
  4. The syllabus of a course you have taught or would like to teach
  5. Teaching evaluations
  6. In addition, please have two recommenders send letters to Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch by the deadline.

Chabraja Postdoctoral Fellows in Public Service

We invite graduate students to compete for postdoctoral fellowships centered on a yearlong full-time work, internship, or project with a non-profit organization, preferably in the Chicago area,  such as a museum, library, theatre, foundation or other public-interest institution where they can apply the skills they have developed as a history PhD.  The purpose of the fellowship is to help students who have an interest in careers outside of the academy identify and gain professional experience in the area of their choice while enhancing CCHS outreach.  The fellowship is fully funded by CCHS: the fellowship awardee receives a stipend and benefits.  Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to provide mentorship to Northwestern History PhDs who wish to pursue careers outside of universities. 

Applicants should identify and make contact with institutions where they are interested in working and arrange for a position and an on-site mentor or supervisor who will be the contact person for CCHS.   Both the postdoctoral fellow and their on-site mentor(s) will provide quarterly activity reports, and at the end of their tenure a fuller account of accomplishments over the course of the fellowship year.

The Center may also announce concrete opportunities at partner institutions. For 2021-22  we have an opening at the NEWBERRY LIBRARY in Chicago in its Center for the History of Cartography. There is also the possibility of an editorial position at PUBLIC BOOKS, an online magazine combining scholarly expertise and cutting-edge journalism, affiliated with Columbia U.  For more information, please contact the Center and watch out for e-mail announcements

Candidates should provide

  1. a proposal of up to four double-spaced pages specifying their plans for the fellowship, their motivation, and their previous experience and qualifications if any;
  2. a letter of support from a prospective mentor at the institution of their choice (unless it is a CCHS partner institution)
  3. a letter of recommendation from their thesis director or other appropriate Northwestern faculty member, indicating agreement to serve as their Northwestern mentor for the fellowship;
  4. a current CV.  

The application deadline is MAY 3, 2021 at 4 p.m.. We confirm receipt of each application. Please submit your application to CCHS Asst. Director, Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch,


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