Research

Postdoctoral Fellowships

We are now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year. Click here to apply.


As part of its mission to support promising new research in American history, the CPH hosts postdoctoral fellows in-residence. The CPH interprets its mission in “Presidential History” in the broadest terms possible and thus welcomes postdoctoral fellows from a wide range of fields related to the presidency, executive power, the nation, and the federal government in general. You can view the profiles of current and past postdoctoral fellows here.

This two-year fellowship program (offered as one-year positions with expectation of renewal for a second year) aims to support the individual academic goals of each fellow while integrating all fellows into the three primary aims of the CPH: Research, Public Engagement, and the Collective Memory Project. First, the CPH supports each fellow by providing time and resources to research, write, and complete their book manuscript. Second, the program provides fellows with opportunities to enhance their overall scholarly profile through participation in the CPH's series of public events, and through developing skills in oral and digital history through the Collective Memory Project. Each postdoctoral fellow contributes to and participates in the work of the Collective Memory Project in unique ways.  Fellows' work will include some combination of the following:

  • Lead a silo within the overall Collective Memory Project, on a subject within the Fellow's expertise.  This may include everything from conceptualizing the topic to leading the interviews. This typically provides opportunity for travel.
  • Participate in interviews led by other CPH staff, either as a secondary interviewer, or as a/v support.
  • Post-interview production, including editing transcriptions, film, or websites.
  • Developing skills within the burgeoning field of Digital Humanities, including working with the CPH website, exploring tools for textual analysis, and the opportunity to participate in classes offered by SMU Libraries and the Digital Humanities Summer Institute based out of the University of Victoria.

Postdoc Placement

CPH Postdocs have gone on from this program to tenure-track, postdoctoral, and other academic positions at:
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Texas (Clements Center for National Security)
  • The Roxbury Latin School
  • Texas State University
  • Florida State University
  • Simmons College