Postdoctoral Fellowship

The application period for the 2-Year Postdoctoral Fellowship to begin in the academic year 2023-24 has closed. Look here in Fall 2023 for applications for the 2024-25 academic year.

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


  • Tarrant County College


  • Texas A&M University at Galveston


  • Texas State University


  • University of Toronto


  • 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