Postdoctoral Fellowship

CPH is advertising to hire for THREE (positions):

1. Postdoctoral Fellow for Oral History (3-year, beginning September 2023)
This is a new 3-year postdoctoral fellowship, with potential for renewal or extension. The successful candidate will exercise a leadership role for the CPH’s research and work in the fields of oral history, documentary history, and digital history initiatives.

Application instructions and more information here:

2. SMU-George W. Bush Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship - Global Oral History of PEPFAR (1-year, beginning August 2023)

This is an opportunity to be involved in the launch of a new Global Oral History of PEPFAR project. This new project seeks to document the subjective experiences of PEPFAR programming across the world, with attention to gender and faith-based implementation. The fellow will work closely with Jill Kelly, August Dell'Omo and Brian Franklin, as well as the broader oral history community at SMU.

Application instructions and more information here:

3. CPH Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2024-2026 (2-year, beginning August 2024)
Applications for our traditional two-year postdoctoral fellowship will open in Fall 2024.


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 all fields, topics, and time periods in U.S. History, particularly those pertaining to politics, government, the nation, or the presidency. To get a sense of the breadth of the postdoctoral research the CPH has supported. view the profiles of current and past postdoctoral fellows here.

This two-year fellowship program supports 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. The CPH supports each fellow by providing time and resources to research, write, and complete their book manuscript. Along the way, the program provides fellows with opportunities to enhance their overall scholarly profile through participation in the CPH's research and work, including public events, teacher engagement, and podcasting. The fellowship is officially, offered as one-year position, with full expectation of renewal for a second year.

Each fellow also has opportunity to contribute to the CPH's work, including various forms of public engagement and the Collective Memory Project, a filmed oral history of the George W. Bush presidency. Depending on the fellow's level of interest in developing their own skills in oral history, each has opportunity to:

  • Lead a project within the overall Collective Memory Project, on a subject within the Fellow's expertise.  This may include everything from conceptualizing the topic to leading a series of interviews. This typically provides opportunity for travel for in-person interviews and research.
  • 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 secured full-time, long-term or tenure-track appointments in the academic historical profession at:

  • Clemson University
  • Florida State University
  • Johns Hopkins University (Hopkins Retrospective Project)
  • London School of Economics
  • Obama Presidency Oral History Project, Columbia University
  • The Papers of Andrew Jackson, University of Tennessee
  • The Papers of Martin Van Buren, Cumberland University
  • Tarrant County College
  • Texas A&M University at Galveston
  • Texas State University
  • Texas Woman's University
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Washington, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • White House Historical Association
  • Yale University, Jackson School of Global Affairs


CPH Postdocs have also secured full-time and part-time, short-term appointments at:

    • Clements Center for National Security, University of Texas 
    • Elk River Arts & Lectures
    • Leiden University (Netherlands)
    • Roxbury Latin School
    • Simmons College
    • Texas National Security Review
    • University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
    • Yale University, International Security Studies
    • Yale University, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs