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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 3 postdoctoral fellowships (two teaching fellowships and one fellowship in public service), 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.

Applicants can be in any History field and must have an August doctoral graduation at the latest. Competition for these fellowships is open to graduates who have received or expect to receive their PhD in the two years prior and do not have ongoing employment. 

Two 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 one course for the History Department.  They must be in residence for the full academic year. Recipients are selected by a committee of Northwestern faculty from both within and beyond the History Department plus at least one member from outside Northwestern University.

Please submit the following to 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 by the deadline.

Applications for the TWO TEACHING POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS are due usually in the second half of APRIL.  We confirm receipt of each application. Applicants are notified by mid-May.

One Chabraja Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Service

The Chabraja Center for Historical Studies has created an innovative annual one-year post-doctoral fellowship aimed at career diversification.  We will invite graduate students to compete for a post-doctoral fellowship centered on a yearlong full-time internship or project with a Chicago-area non-profit organization 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 to the wider Chicago-area community.  This fellowship is open to Northwestern History PhD graduates who have received their degree since January the previous year or expect to have an August graduation at the latest.  The fellowship is fully funded by CCHS: the fellowship awardee receives a stipend and benefits.  

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.

Candidates should provide a proposal of up to four double-spaced pages specifying their plans of the fellowship, their motivation, and their previous experience and qualifications if any; a letter of support from a prospective mentor at the institution of their choice; a letter of recommendation from their dissertation director indicating agreement to serve as their Northwestern mentor for the fellowship; and a current CV.  CCHS will provide compensation at the same level as for our other post-doctoral fellowships.  The fellowship is open to students in all fields of history who will have defended their PhD by August of the application year.   Selection will be carried out by a panel of History Faculty. Successful candidates will be expected to provide mentorship to Northwestern History PhDs who wish to pursue careers outside of universities. 

The application deadline is usually early May. Please submit your application to Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch,


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