The Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program

Deadline

All application materials must be received on or before March TBA, 2011 (early March). Notifications will be mailed to all candidates by April TBA, 2011 (early April).

Purpose

The Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program provides an opportunity for the next generation of historians to experience primary-source research and to work closely with eminent scholars. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History invites college sophomores and juniors with a passion for American history and academic excellence in the field to apply for the Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program in New York City.

The Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program has two components, which all applicants are considered for both programs:

  • Gilder Lehrman History Scholars (ten students) are invited to participate in a five-week research program in New York City from June 27 to July 31, 2010.
  • Each student is awarded a fellowship worth $10,000 that includes tuition, books, field trips, a travel allowance of $600 for transportation to and from the program in New York City, room and board, and a $2,200 stipend.

Gilder Lehrman History Scholars will:

  • Conduct primary-source research to prepare historical materials for publication and create brief historical documentaries. Each year's project is designed to focus on a strength of the Gilder Lehrman Collection—the Founding Era, slavery and abolition, or the Civil War.
  • Participate in exclusive seminars with eminent historians to discuss historical issues and gain insight into history as a profession. Past sessions have been led by David Blight, Eric Foner, Carol Berkin, James M. McPherson, James O. Horton, and Christine Stansell, among others.
  • Enjoy behind-the-scenes visits to archives of rare historical documents, books, and material culture, including the New York Public Library, the New York Historical Society, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Gilder Lehrman One-Week Scholars (thirty finalists) will be invited to a one-week program in New York City from June 12 to June 19, 2010. Each student is awarded a fellowship worth $1,500 that includes tuition, field trips, a travel allowance of $600 for transportation to and from the program in New York City, and room and board. The weeklong program fosters an interest in American history through field trips, discussions with professionals about careers for history majors, and lectures by leading scholars such as David Brion Davis, Christopher Leslie Brown, and Pauline Maier.

Eligibility

At the time of application (March TBA, 2011), students:

  • Must be considered sophomores or juniors in an accredited college or university
  • Must have completed at least one full year of undergraduate work before applying, and should expect to return to school for a full year of undergraduate study after the program
  • Must have completed at least one course in American history
  • Should expect to major or specialize in American history or American Studies.

Applications from international students and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.

Apply To

TBA March 2011 – Application Deadline
TBA April 2011 – Winners Announced
TBA June 2011 – One-Week History Scholars Program
TBA late June to July 2011 – Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program (five weeks)

For more information and an application, visit the Gilder Lehrman website. 

Contact Information

If you have questions, please consult the FAQs first, and then contact us by e-mail at scholars@gilderlehrman.org or 212-316-5280 if your question has not been answered.

History Scholars Program
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
601 West 110th St., Suite 4M
New York NY 10025