The Center of the American West (at the University of Colorado Boulder) with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has implemented an Applied History training program. This program trains History postdocs and adjunct faculty to become applied historians who can draw on the expertise of scholars from a range of disciplines to reach a wider audience.
At the core of Applied History is the mandate to pay equal attention to historical research and to the identity, concerns, and interests of an anticipated audience. Applied Historians adhere to the basic methods of historical inquiry in studying the past, but take an additional step in applying those methods to arrive at a grounded understanding of the present-day groups who will constitute their audience.
Post-docs, adjuncts, and recent Ph.D. in History graduates are encouraged to apply. We sponsor eight participants throughout the Academic year. Each participant will take part in their own, three-day “Individual Skills Repurposing” weekend workshop. We will provide:
- Help identifying ways to apply your research to a range of contemporary issues;
- An opportunity to experiment with different forms of public communication (practicing public speeches, writing op-ed pieces, conjuring up potential blogs or podcasts);
- Guidance on revising dissertations for publication, including contacts with and introductions to publishers;
- And a multi-dimensional employment plan for pursuing opportunities for future work.
Participants will receive:
- All travel expenses paid,
- meals and incidentals,
- 3 nights lodging in lovely Boulder, CO,
- $750 stipend,
- automatic acceptance into our “Summer Workshop Program.”
It’s easy to apply. Simply submit:
- A three page, double spaced, essay exploring how your academic training has prepared you for reaching a broader audience and how it could limit you in this endeavor.
- Your dissertation title or research topic.
- An abstract of your dissertation.
- Your CV.
- Optional: If you have written for a wider audience (blog, letter to the editor, etc.), please also include a sample of this work.
Center of the American West
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, Colorado 80309