French Colonial Historical Society Book Prizes

The French Colonial Historical Society/Société d’histoire coloniale française awards two book prizes annually for the best books on French colonial or post-colonial history published during the preceding year.  

The Boucher Prize is awarded in honor of long-time members and active supporters Mary Alice and Philip Boucher and recognizes the best book on the French colonial experience from the 16th century to 1815.

The Heggoy Prize is awarded in honor of FCHS founding member Alf Andrew Heggoy, and recognizes the best book on the French colonial experience from 1815 to the present. 

 Books from any academic discipline will be considered, provided that they approach the French colonial and post-colonial experience from a historical perspective. 

 The deadline for this year’s submissions is February 28, 2022. To obtain addresses to which to send submissions or if you have questions about the submission process, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Heath, Chair of the FCHS Book Prize Committee, at

 Applicants or their publishers should submit four copies of books, one to each committee member. Books must have been published in 2021; date of publication is determined by the copyright page of the book. Please clearly indicate whether the submission is for the Boucher or Heggoy Prize. ​

For more information and to see a list of previous winners, please visit the FCHS/SHCF book prize page

Contact Info: Elizabeth Heath, FCHS/SHCF Book Prize Chair

Contact Email:


Duane H. King Postdoctoral Fellowship at Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Florida

The University of Tulsa’s Helmerich Center for American Research at Gilcrease Museum seeks applications for its Duane H. King Postdoctoral Fellow. The Research Center houses the Gilcrease Library and Archive containing more than 100,000 rare books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, and unpublished works. The collection dates back to the time of Columbus and details the Spanish arrival in the Americas, the New England colonies, the founding of democracy in the United States, and Anglo-Indian contact and conflict in the American West. The center also holds a large Native American collection of manuscripts, photographs, maps, and rare books. Materials housed at the University of Tulsa’s McFarlin Library Special Collections on the TU campus complement many of the center’s strengths, but offers unique research opportunities in English and American literature. The McFarlin Library Special Collections holds one of the five largest collections in the world on the celebrated Irish writer James Joyce and the life archive of Nobel Laureate Sir V.S. Naipaul. Other significant collections include a wide variety of British, Irish, and American modernist literature, a large and varied collection of materials on World War I, Native American history and culture, and Tulsa race relations.

While the Helmerich Center welcomes interdisciplinary applications from scholars with focus on any aspect of the history and cultures of the Americas, we highly encourage applications from candidates who wish to conduct research in the following thematic areas: Maps/Mapmaking in the Americas, Indigenous and Afro-Indigenous histories, Freedmen of the Five Tribes in Indian Territory, Spanish Colonial and Inquisition studies, the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, Charles Marion Russell’s life and work. 

Position Summary:

The fellow will teach an undergraduate course in the fall semester, one course in the spring semester, present research at one works-in-progress seminar, run a one-day workshop for local teachers in the spring semester, conduct research in the center’s library and archive, and participate in the intellectual community of the university. Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment. The position commences on Aug. 15, 2022. The salary is $40,000, plus benefits.

Characteristic Duties:
• Conduct research in the center’s library and archive and possibly The University of Tulsa Special Collections.
• Teach one undergraduate course in the fall semester, and one in the spring.
• Participate in the intellectual community of the university.


Minimum Qualifications
• PhD in a humanities, social science, or other fields related to the history and cultures of the Americas
• One to three years’ experience teaching at a college or university

Preferred Qualifications
• Excellent project management skills
• Outstanding interpersonal and collaborative skills

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit the following via Interfolio:
• Letter of application
• Curriculum vita
• Three letters of recommendation via Interfolio

Apply Here

Deadline: March 31, 2022

Call for Papers : Oceans as Archives Conference

4-6 July, 2022

University of Amsterdam– The Netherlands

Organizers: Mikki Stelder (University of Amsterdam), Renisa Mawani (University of British Columbia), Kristie Flannery (Australian Catholic University)


After an illuminating Oceans as Archives symposium in May 2021 held at the University of British Columbia on the Traditional, Ancestral, Unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Territory (for more information click here), Oceans as Archives is returning for a second conference to be held at the University of Amsterdam from 4-6 July, 2022. We invite proposals from scholars, poets, artists, and activists to present new work that explores the ocean as a living, breathing, thinking, moving, life-sustaining and life-taking force. 

Oceans undermine existing navigational, resource and legal infrastructures that seek to harness the sea in the folds of capitalist modernity. Whereas European colonial and capitalist epistemologies separated the ocean from the land and designated the ocean as a highway for capitalism and an extractable resource, many non-Eurocentric critical traditions resist such distinctions, recognizing oceans as key to sustaining all life. Oceans and the relations it has generated through force, violence, care, ancestral belonging and spirituality have been central to Black diaspora, critical Indigenous, Pacific Islander, Caribbean, postcolonial, decolonial, and anticolonial thought. Drawing from these traditions, we approach oceans as archives that encourage new frameworks and methodologies for understanding capitalist, legal, imperialist, racial, environmental and (settler) colonial violence across Eurocentric geographical and temporal divides (Mawani 2018), while at the same time disrupting the Eurocentric spatio-temporalities of empire. 

Where Lisa Lowe (2015) brought attention to the “intimacies of four continents” as colonization and resistance made landfall, this symposium creates a space to explore and reflect on how thinking with oceans demands different imaginaries of thought and praxis that understands the ocean in relation. 

We envision a conversation that broaches what it means to think of oceans not as spaces in-between continents, but as foundational domains where colonial conquest, violence, resistance, and subversion plays on different scales, both past and present. How does such a reorientation force us to question the livingness of the sea, and its role in disrupting white superiority and species supremacy that was, and continues to be, crucial to the pursuits of European empires?

We welcome proposals for individual papers, roundtable conversations, poetry readings, visual art, performances, and curated panel discussions. There will be opportunities for works presented at the conference to be published in an anthology. 

Please submit your name, brief biography (100 words), title, abstract (250 words), and working bibliography by January 20, 2022 to

We hope to offer financial assistance for untenured scholars, activists and artists on precarious (non)contracts to facilitate their participation. Please specify in your submission why you might qualify for such assistance and the funding you will need to attend this conference. If you are tenured and you would like to contribute to assisting your untenured colleagues in presenting their work through a financial donation, please let us know in your submission.

The conference is made possible through the generous support of The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis; The Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis; The Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture; the European Commission; the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies; and the Faculty of Arts, University of British Columbia.

American Philosophical Society Fellowships

The Library & Museum of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia invites applications for sabbatical, postdoctoral, predoctoral, and short-term research fellowships for projects in all fields, and particularly those pertaining to Native American and Indigenous Studies, Early American History and Culture, and the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine. 

The Library & Museum’s collections make it among the premier institutions for documenting and exhibiting the history of the American Revolution and founding, the history of science from Newton to NASA, Native American languages and culture, and the development of American anthropology. The Library & Museum houses over 14 million manuscripts; 275,000 volumes of printed materials and bound periodicals; 250,000 images, fine art, and other objects; thousands of maps and prints; and more than 3,500 hours of audio recordings of Native American languages.

Comprehensive, searchable guides and finding aids to our collections are available online at and

See individual fellowship descriptions below for more information and instructions on how to apply. For a complete listing of all APS grant and fellowship opportunities, visit

Long-Term Fellowships

Deadline: January 28, 2022 

APS-NEH Sabbatical Fellowship

This fellowship offers $5,000 per month for 6 or 12 months to a mid-career or senior scholar seeking sabbatical support for the completion of a book project in all fields. These opportunities are funded by The National Endowment for the Humanities.

To apply, please submit materials to

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative Postdoctoral Fellowship 

This 12-month fellowship offers $45-60K plus health benefits for a recent Ph.D., professor seeking sabbatical support, or an independent scholar working closely with an Indigenous community on a project.

To apply, please submit materials to

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative Predoctoral Fellowship

These fellowships offer $25,000 to an advanced Ph.D. student working on a dissertation in Native American and Indigenous Studies.

To apply, please submit materials to

David Center for the American Revolution Predoctoral Fellowship

This 12-month fellowship offers $25,000 to an advanced Ph.D. student working on a dissertation about the American Revolution and Founding Era. 

To apply, please submit materials to

John C. Slater Predoctoral Fellowship in the History of Science

This 12-month fellowship offers $25,000 to an advanced Ph.D. student working on a dissertation pertaining to the history of science, broadly defined.

To apply, please submit materials to

Friends of the American Philosophical Society Predoctoral Fellowship 

This 12-month fellowship offers $25,000 to an advanced Ph.D. candidate in any field working on a dissertation related to Library & Museum collections.

To apply, please submit materials to

Short-Term Fellowships

Deadline: March 4, 2022

Short-Term Resident Research Fellowships

These fellowships provide support for researchers in all fields using Library & Museum collections for their projects. A stipend of $3,000 per month is awarded to all successful applicants for a minimum of one month and a maximum of three months. 

To apply, please submit materials to

Digital Humanities

These fellowships provide $3,000 per month for  1-2 months to scholars at all career stages developing digital projects that: 1) utilize Library & Museum collections, open datasets, or other holdings to advance a digital component of an independent research project, or, 2) seek to apply existing tools and expertise to digital projects developed in collaboration with the Library & Museum’s Center for Digital Scholarship.

To apply, please submit materials to

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative Digital Knowledge Sharing Fellowships

These fellowships support university- and community-based scholars and researchers working on digital projects that connect archives and Indigenous communities. Successful applicants will receive $3,000 plus the costs associated with visiting the APS’s Library & Museum for the summer workshop with other DKS fellows.

To apply, please submit materials to

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative Undergraduate Internships

These paid 8-week internships provide three talented undergraduates with the opportunity to conduct research, to explore career possibilities in archives and special collections, and to learn about advanced training in Native American and Indigenous Studies and related fields. Interns will receive a stipend between $3000 and $3500 (depending on housing costs), plus a travel allowance. 

To apply, please submit materials to

Indigenous Community Research Fellowship

These short-term fellowships offer up to $5,000 to support research by Indigenous community members and others, regardless of background, seeking to examine Library & Museum materials in support of Indigenous community-based priorities.

To apply, please submit materials to

David Center for the American Revolution Short-Term Research Fellowship

These one month fellowships provide $3,000 for researchers working on projects about the American Revolution and Founding Era who show a demonstrated need to use Library & Museum collections.

To apply, please submit materials to

Swan Foundation Short-Term Resident Research Fellowship for Revolutionary-Era Material Culture

This fellowship provides one month of support to work in the artifact collections of the Swan Historical Foundation, the American Philosophical Society’s Library & Museum, and other repositories in the Greater Philadelphia Region.

To apply, please submit materials to


Contact regarding the fellowship program and the Library & Museum of the American Philosophical Society may be directed to Adrianna Link, Ph.D., Head of Scholarly Programs, at or by phone at 215-440-3415.

The American Philosophical Society is committed to maintaining the highest standards of scholarly excellence while supporting a working and intellectual environment that fosters an inclusive atmosphere for learning, prizes diverse origins and points of view, advances equal opportunities to learn and communicate, and encourages the widest possible access to its collections. The APS has titled these goals the APS IDEA (Inclusivity, Diversity, Equality, and Access) for its enduring institutional commitment to these values.

Starr Center and the John Carter Brown Library Fellowships

The Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and the John Carter Brown Library invite applications for the Hodson Trust – John Carter Brown Fellowship, a unique research and writing fellowship. The Hodson Trust – John Carter Brown Fellowship supports work by academics, independent scholars and writers working on significant projects relating to the literature, history, culture, or art of the Americas before 1830. Candidates with a U.S. history topic are strongly encouraged to concentrate on the period prior to 1801. The fellowship is also open to filmmakers, novelists, creative and performing artists, and others working on projects that draw on this period of history. 

The 2022-23 fellowship award supports two months of research and two months of writing. The stipend is $5,000 per month for a total of $20,000, plus housing and university privileges. The research is conducted at the John Carter Brown Library on the campus of Brown University in Providence, R.I., which has one of the world’s richest collections of books, maps and documents related to North and South America and the Caribbean between 1492 and 1830. The research must be completed within the academic year (September to May). Housing will be provided convenient to the library. 

The writing period of the fellowship will be at the Starr Center at Washington College in Chestertown, Md. The Starr Center is dedicated to innovative approaches to the nation’s past and present, and to fostering outstanding writing on American history and culture. (Chestertown is located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, approximately 90 minutes from Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, and three hours from New York City.) The two-month writing term will be during the summer following the research term (June-August). The Hodson Trust – John Carter Brown Fellow will be provided with an office in the Starr Center’s c. 1745 waterfront Custom House, as well as exclusive use of its Fellows’ Residence in Chestertown’s historic district. (The house is large enough to accommodate a family.) 

Applications Should Include the Following: 

1. A cover letter. 2. The applicant’s curriculum vitae, including a list of past publications or other relevant projects, as well as the names and telephone numbers of at least three references. 3. At least one substantial sample of the candidate’s writing (published or unpublished) or other past work. 4. A brief narrative description of the work-in-progress, its potential contributions to history, literature, the arts, or our understanding of the present, and the candidate’s plan for his or her fellowship terms in Providence and Chestertown. 

Candidates are encouraged to consult the John Carter Brown Library’s collections online prior to submitting an application. Special consideration will be given to proposals discussing specific resources at the JCBL that will be useful to the project. 

The deadline for the 2022-23 fellowship is February 1, 2022. Applications should be submitted via email to in one single PDF document.

Questions may be directed to Amber McGinnis –

For more information and further applications directions, please visit The Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College. 

New Netherland Institute Fellowships

The New Netherland Institute is pleased to announce that we will be awarding two fellowships this year to projects that investigate New Netherland and/or the Dutch in 17th and 18th century North America and Curacao.  Scholars of all ranks are invited to apply, and we welcome projects of both both book/dissertation length and article length. The Charles Wendell Grant may be used at the New York State Archives, Library and Museum in Albany or at other archives/repositories with relevant material.  The New Netherland Institute Student Scholar Research Grant is specifically meant for research at the New York State Archives, Library and Museum in Albany.

More details can be found here: (Applications due February 15)

and here: due July 15)

Please email if you have any questions about project eligibility or requirements. 

The ECCLES Centre for American Studies fellowships

The Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library invites applications from academics and creative researchers wishing to visit London to use the British Library’s collections relating to the Americas (North America, the Caribbean, Central America, South America).

Who are the Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowships for?

We are keen to hear from all kinds of serious researchers who have the potential to produce something new, exciting, challenging and different as a result of their research into the British Library’s Americas collections. As well as applicants from academic backgrounds working on scholarly research, we also welcome independent researchers, creative practitioners working on artistic and cultural projects, and journalists, educators and scientists working on public policy problems. This means that research towards a doctoral degree, an academic article, a poetry collection, a policy paper, a classroom resource, a theatre production, a body of painting or sculpture, a new fashion collection…all these kinds of projects and more will be considered.

Applicants must be over 18 years of age but can be based anywhere in the world.

What can I research as part of the Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowship programme?

There are four research themes that we are particularly excited for researchers to explore through our collections.

  • Sounds and music of the Americas
  • Americans beyond the Americas
  • American environments
  • Religion and spiritualty in the Americas

Researchers are strongly encouraged to apply with projects that align with one of these themes. If you need to use the British Library’s Americas collections for an exciting and original project that falls outside the scope of these themes you may apply as a ‘wildcard’.

You can find out more about the research themes in this blog.

How much are the Fellowships, and how long do they last?

Applicants may apply for up to the following amounts, depending on where they are based:

  • The UK (within the M25) – £1,000
  • The UK (outside the M25) – £2,000
  • Europe (excluding the UK) – £2,500
  • Rest of World – £3,000

It is expected that this award will support around a month’s work in the Library, either taken continuously, or as a number of smaller trips. The 2022 awards will last for two years so, for those in receipt of a 2022 Fellowship, the research trip(s) will need to take place between 1 May 2022 and must be completed by 30 April 2024.

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TSA-CUP Book Prize


The TSA-CUP book prize is awarded to the best book published within a given year in the broad field of transatlantic studies. Both monographs and edited collections are eligible.

We are now accepting nominations from individuals and publishers for books published in 2021. The deadline for nominations is 15 January 2022. The winner will be announced at the TSA annual conference in July 2022.

For any queries, please contact the TSA Prizes and Awards Officer, David Ryan.


£150 cheque from the TSA

£150 book token from Cambridge University Press

The prize-winner will be announced at the TSA Annual Conference in July. 

The nominated author/s can be at any career level, and all must be TSA members before the nomination deadline.

The book must have a focus on Transatlantic content.

The transatlantic region is broadly defined and includes the Americas and the Caribbean in the west and Europe extending to Russia the Middle East and Africa in the east.

The subject areas covered by the prize are as follows:

  • Transatlantic Cultural Studies
  • Literature and cultural studies
  • International Relations & Politics
  • History
  • Race, Slavery and Migration
  • Security Studies (especially relating to NATO)
  • Economics and Business Studies
  • Environmental studies
  • Film
  • Sociology and Social Policy
  • Theatre

Contact Info: Professor David Ryan

Contact Email:


PhD scholarship project at the Wilberforce Institute

Maritime Quarantine and Transatlantic Slavery

Application deadline: January 10, 2022

Applications are invited for this PhD scholarship project, working with the renowned Wilberforce Institute at the University of Hull, seeking to mine underexplored data within Slave Voyages to analyse what we can learn about maritime solutions in rival European slave trading zones to reduce disease transmission. In the aftermath of COVID 19, such imperative research considers the effectiveness of historic multiracial isolation zones to quarantine diseases, including spaces such as Robben Island in South Africa, slave forts and barracoons along the West Coast of Africa, and the sugar economies in the Caribbean and Latin America. In addition to these land-based strategies for preventing disease transmission, seaborne solutions to curtailing pandemics, both in transit and through floating quarantine in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, will further expand our knowledge of how maritime communities effectively limited transmittable diseases such as cholera, typhus, small pox, and yellow fever in the period of the transatlantic slave trade between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries. To broaden the significance of the analysis, a panel of internationally renowned medical, maritime and slavery scholars have also been assembled to support this studentship – thereby ensuring findings have the potential to inform contemporary debates about fighting future disease pandemics.

Apply here

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Nicholas Evans

Haverford College Special Collections: 2022-2023 Fellowships

Quaker & Special Collections at Haverford College is now accepting applications for its 2022-2023 Fellowship programs. These Fellowships provide funding for scholars at any stage of their careers to engage with our unique materials. Quaker & Special Collections includes materials documenting the history, faith, and practice of the Society of Friends from its founding to the present, as well as materials which illuminate histories of abolition, health and environment, relief work, book history, and material culture. We are offering two Fellowships for 2022-2023: The Gest Fellowship supports projects engaging with religion, historical religious practices, history, literature, material culture, Quakerism, or other topics supported by collections materia.  The Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation Research Fellowship supports projects engaging with the history of mental health, mental health care reform, and the role of Quakerism in mental health care. 

Haverford Libraries are committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive environment and encourage members of groups that have traditionally been underrepresented to apply for fellowships. 

Please share this announcement with those who might be interested.

Application materials are due February 7, 2022.

For further information, please see or contact

Contact Info: Sarah Horowitz, Head of Quaker & Special Collections, Haverford College

Contact Email:


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