In cooperation with the Steiner Verlag in Stuttgart, the German Historical Institute Washington every two years awards the Franz Steiner Prize for Transatlantic History. The prize honors an outstanding scholarly book manuscript in the field of North American studies or transatlantic relations from the early modern period to the present. I am writing to you to let you know about the prize, and to invite you to share this information.

The prize carries an honorarium of €3,500 and will be awarded in 2019. The upcoming deadline for submissions is September 15, 2018. 

The prize-winning manuscript will be published in the series “Transatlantische Historische Studien,” which the GHI has published in collaboration with the Franz Steiner Verlag since 1992. The GHI will assume the costs of publication. The winning manuscript will be professionally edited and expeditiously prepared for publication.

Book manuscripts in German and English are eligible for consideration. Only recently completed works will be considered. Bachelor’s and master’s thesis are not eligible, nor are works submitted for the Staatsexamen. The prize will not be awarded for a manuscript that is already under contract with a publisher or is set to appear in another book series. The prize selection committee will be composed of German and American scholars. The prize will be presented at the annual meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Amerikastudien/German Association for American Studies (DGfA) in Hamburg (June 13-16, 2019).

To be considered for the Franz Steiner Prize, authors may send their manuscript, a one-page abstract, a letter of recommendation, and a CV to or to the German Historical Institute,
Attn. Franz Steiner Prize, 1607 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA.

Terra Foundation Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome

This fellowship offers support for a postdoctoral and senior scholar to conduct research on American art and visual culture (not including architecture) prior to 1980 while in residence at the American Academy in Rome for a period of four to six months. During that time, the fellowship recipient will pursue their work in an atmosphere conducive to intellectual and artistic freedom, interdisciplinary exchange, and innovation. Topics dealing with Italian-American exchanges and requiring firsthand exposure to collections and archives in Rome and its vicinity will be given priority.

The Fellowship has the following objectives:

  • To stimulate research on topics treating issues of Italian-American exchange;
  • To enrich the field of historic American art by bringing its practitioners into dialogue with the scholarly community of the American Academy in Rome;
  • To advance post-doctoral research on subjects related to the history of American Art until 1980 by scholars based in Italy; and
  • To encourage research on American Art requiring first-hand exposure to collections and archives in the Rome area.

The deadline for applications is November 15, 2017.


This award is administered by the American Academy in Rome. For more information about deadlines, eligibility, application procedures, and funding, please visit the American Academy in Rome’s website and consult the fellowship’s guidelines document.

The Center for Mark Twain Studies offers nine Quarry Farm fellowships for 2018 to any scholar working in the field of Mark Twain Studies at any career stage, giving Fellows the opportunity to work on academic or creative projects at Quarry Farm, the family home of Twain’s sister- and brother-in-law, Susan and Theodore Crane. Reflecting the mission of the Center for Mark Twain Studies, Quarry Farm Fellowships foster and support scholarship and creative works related to Mark Twain, including, but not limited to, his literature, life, family, associations, influences, reception, and significance. The fellowship selection process aims to assist scholars and artists in producing work of highest distinction and cultivate a diverse community of scholars across backgrounds, specializations, and ranks.

Applications for 2018 Fellowships will be accepted until November 30th, 2018. For more detailed information about eligibility and the application process click here.

Postgraduate students in the Humanities and Social Sciences who are registered for a higher research degree at any European university, and are members of an American Studies association belonging to EAAS may apply. Two kinds of grants are available: the Transatlantic Grant and the Intra-European Grant. ÂÂ The maximum single award granted may amount to EUR 2,000.

The Transatlantic Grant will permit the holder to conduct research which illuminates a particular area of American Studies in a designated university, independent research organization or archive in the United States.

The term of the grant will be between three weeks (minimum) and eight weeks (maximum). Successful applicants will receive a grant intended to cover round trip travel and some of the living expenses. Only students registered for a Ph.D. are eligible to apply for the Transatlantic Grants.

The Intra-European Grant will allow the recipient to conduct research for a period of up to four weeks in an American Studies Center or university library or archive in Europe. Graduate students who are registered either for a Ph. D. or a Master’s degree by research are eligible to apply for Intra-European Grants.

Applications must be made on the official form and should include written confirmation from the host institution that the researcher will have access to the necessary resource materials, and a letter from the student’s academic supervisor. Applicants will be required to supply a detailed estimate of the cost of their visit, including the cost of travel, subsistence, and incidentals. They should also state the minimum amount of money needed to make the trip possible. Applicants are encouraged to seek supporting or matching funding wherever possible.
Grant recipients will be responsible for making their own arrangements for travel and accommodation. Travel must be completed within twelve months of the grantee being notified of the award.

Grantees are required to submit a report to the EAAS within thirty days of returning from their research visit. Obviously the report should include the grantees’ institution and destination. For technical reasons please limit the file to 1024 Ko.

The reports are accessible from the bottom of this page.

The application deadline (receipt of the application) for the current round is Sunday, 26 March 2017. You may download the Application Form as a Word file (54 KB eaas_travel_grant_form_2017) or a PDF file (101 KB).

Please send the completed Travel Grant Application Form including:
an estimated budget,
a recommendation letter from academic supervisor,
a letter of confirmation from the host institution
to Professor Pawel Frelik, Vice-President of the EAAS, by e-mail attachment to

Cold War Essay Contest

John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis


For the twelfth consecutive year, the John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis at the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va., is pleased to announce that it will award prizes for the best unpublished papers on Cold War military history. Any aspect of the Cold War (1945-1991) era is eligible, including papers on military strategy, plans, and operations; the relationship between the armed forces and society; international security affairs; and the connections between Cold War military history and contemporary geopolitical challenges.

Prizes: First place will earn a plaque and a cash award of $2,000; second place, $1,000 and a plaque; and third place, $500 and a plaque.

Procedures: Entries should be sent electronically to the Adams Center at the Virginia Military Institute by Friday, 11 November 2016. Please make your submission as Microsoft Word document and limit your entry to a maximum of 7,500 words (minimum 4,000 words) of double-spaced text, exclusive of documentation and bibliography. A panel of judges will examine all papers; the Adams Center director will announce the winners in late 2016. The Journal of Military History will consider prize-winning essays for publication. In addition, the Adams Center would like to post the best papers, with the permission of the author, on its website.

Submissions to:

Questions to:

Dr. Bradley Lynn Coleman
Director, John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis
Department of History
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA 24450



Ms. Deneise Shafer
Administrative Assistant
Fax: 540-464-7246

The British Library are running a series of 3-month (or PT equivalent) PhD Placements, hosted by our specialist curatorial teams and other Library experts. Of the 17 placements currently on offer, this one may be of particular interest:


Exploring American Foreign Policy Resources at the British Library

This 3-month PhD placement offers an exciting opportunity to work with the Eccles Centre and the Americas curatorial team to explore the British Library’s North American collections and develop a new research resource.


Details about the scheme and application guidelines:

Application deadline: 19 February 2016


Open to all doctoral students (as long as they have the support of their supervisor or graduate tutor) the placement scheme includes a dedicated workplan, plus full supervision and training. All placement students are allocated their own desk and/or workspace, and are fully integrated into the working environment of the team/department in which they are based.


Placements will be held between June 2016 – May 2017. Exact start dates to be pre-agreed with successful candidates.


Contact for all queries regarding this position.

The Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library has some upcoming Fellowship and internship opportunities which may be of interest to your members.  We are also keen to hear from anyone interested in bringing their students to the Library for a session introducing the American Collections. Full details below.


1)    The Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowships and Postgraduate Awards
The deadline for applications for the 2016 Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowships and Postgraduate Awards is fast upon us.  These awards provide support to scholars who need to visit London for a minimum of one month to use the British Library’s collections relating to North America.  Past recipients have had the opportunity to participate in the Centre’s Summer Scholars series and to contribute to the British Library’s Americas blog.  You can read about some recent projects here.
Applications must be received by 5pm on Saturday 30 January.  Further details about eligibility and the application process are available on the Eccles Centre website here.
2)    PhD Internship Opportunity: Exploring American Foreign Policy Resources at the British Library
We are very pleased to announce a placement opportunity for a current PhD student, exploring American foreign policy resources at the British Library.  The placement will provide broad experience of research engagement in a large public institution.  The placement holder will be situated at the Eccles Centre, and will work closely with the Centre’s Assistant Head and Bibliographical Editor in developing a research resource which is to be jointly determined.  They will also establish a publicity strategy for promoting the Library’s holdings to relevant research communities.  The opportunity to develop further research engagement activities related to their findings is also available.  Applications are welcome from students with a research interest in American foreign policy, either historic or current, from any disciplinary background.
Deadlines for applications is 4pm on Friday 19 February.  Further information about the role and application process is available on the British Library website.
3)    Introduction to the Americas Collections Sessions
The Eccles Centre offers regular introductory sessions for upper-level undergraduate, MA and PhD students.  These sessions are aimed at encouraging further engagement with the British Library’s North America collections and can be tailored to specific topics.  Students are offered a friendly introduction to the library’s US newspaper holdings, US official documents, our incredible collection of sound recordings, as well as being guided through our databases and digital resources. For a flavour of our recent session tailored to New Deal and Depression era materials click here.
We welcome enquiries from academic staff interested in arranging a session for their students. Please email requests to at any time.
Dartmouth Summer Institute Scholarship 2016 


The UCD Clinton Institute is offering a scholarship  for one PhD/Junior faculty to attend the 2016 Futures of American Studies Summer Institute in Dartmouth College 20 – 26th June 2016 

Application Procedure:
  • Applicants must be a registered member of the IAAS (Irish Association for American Studies). For details on membership, visit
Applicants should submit:
  1. A one page summary of their current research/thesis
  2. A writing sample – max. 6 pages
  3. CV
The Scholarship will cover the cost of a return flight to Boston, internal travel from the airport to Dartmouth College and the registration fee for the week (which includes accommodation).


Applications should be sent to Catherine Carey ( and should arrive no later than the 5th February 2016.

UCD Clinton Institute PhD Scholarship

The UCD Clinton Institute is offering a fees only scholarship for up to 4 years to a research student who wishes to pursue a PhD at the Institute in one of the following research areas:

American Politics and Foreign Policy
Media and International Conflict
The United States and Ireland

In order to be considered for this scholarship the applicant must have submitted a PhD application to the UCD Clinton Institute via

Once applicants have submitted their online application they should then contact Catherine Carey ( to inform her their application has been submitted online and include with their email a 500 word personal statement on their professional goals and reasons for pursuing a PhD programme at the Clinton Institute.

Closing date for the scholarship applications is 1st March 2016 and students should be ready to commence their studies in September 2016.

Please note: The scholarship covers fees only, it does not cover accommodation or living expenses.

More details can be found on the Clinton Institute’s website here.

PhD Studentship/Research Assistant 2016-2018 (fees only)

Closing date: 30th November 2015

School of English, College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences, University College Cork

 Research Area: Post-1900/Contemporary American Literature


Applications are invited for a fixed-term studentship from suitably qualified candidates who wish to undertake PhD research in the School of English, in the subject area of post-1900/ contemporary American literature, starting in January 2016. A PhD studentship of €5,770 per annum will be offered, covering PhD EU fees*, funded for 3 years, subject to the holder’s satisfactory progress as reviewed yearly by the School Graduate Studies Committee. The successful applicant will be assigned occasional research administrative duties on behalf of his/her supervisor, as part of his/her appointment.


Qualifications and person specification

Applicants must hold a first-class or good upper-second-class honours BA degree in the discipline of English. Candidates who also have a good MA or MPhil degree will be given preference. Candidates who have a proven interest in the fields of twentieth- or twenty-first-century American literature will be given preference. The successful applicant will be committed to doctoral research and have excellent academic writing abilities and strong research potential. They must be energetic, self-motivated and well-organised, with good communication skills.


How to apply and closing date

Please email a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words, a CV (including precise degree grades), and details of two academic referees by 30 November 2015 to: Anne Fitzgerald, Administrator, School of English, UCC:

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Alan Gibbs, Lecturer in American Literature, School of English, UCC:



* The studentship may be used as a fee waiver for EU fees, a contribution towards non-EU fees or, if the applicant’s fees are being paid by a third party, as a stipend.