WIGH Fellowships in Global History at Harvard University

Deadline: 15 December 2015
Open to: scholars with a PhD with a keen interest in global history
Fellowship: an annual stipend of up to $50,000


The Weatherhead Initiative on Global History (WIGH) at Harvard University identifies and supports outstanding scholars whose work responds to the growing interest in the encompassing study of global history. WIGH seeks to organize a community of scholars interested in the systematic scrutiny of developments that have unfolded across national, regional, and continental boundaries and who propose to analyze the interconnections—cultural, economic, ecological, political and demographic—among world societies. Applicants from all over the world are encouraged, and especially from outside Europe and North America, with the aim to create a global conversation on global history.

WIGH Fellows are appointed for one year and are provided time, guidance, office space, and access to Harvard University facilities. They should be prepared to devote their entire time to productive scholarship and may undertake sustained projects of research or other original work. They will join a vibrant community of global history scholars at Harvard.


The competition for these awards is open only to scholars with a PhD (or comparable professional school degree). If still pursuing the PhD, WIGH Fellows must receive their degree no later than May 2016. There is no limit on time since submission of the candidate’s degree; WIGH is open to candidates at various stages of their careers. It is expected that candidates will be able to submit samples of independent work (articles, papers, dissertation chapters) in support of their candidacies on request. Applications are welcome from qualified persons without regard to nationality, gender, or race.


Fellows will receive an annual stipend of up to $50,000, according to fellows’ needs. Because WIGH cannot always offer the amount requested, applicants are urged to apply for funding from other sources as well. The WIGH Fellowship is residential and Fellows are expected to live in the Cambridge/Boston area for the duration of their appointments unless traveling for pre-approved research purposes, and they are expected to participate in WIGH activities, including a bi-weekly seminar.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 15 December 2015. Applications should be submitted through the online application site.

For more information please visit the official website.

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