Institute for Historical Studies (IHS) -- Resident Fellows

Funding Agency:
University of Texas, Austin

The IHS expects to appoint resident fellows for 2020-21 whose work engages with the year's theme of Climate in Context: Historical Precedents and the Unprecedented (see Theme page for description).

Fellowships are available for all ranks.  They are not restricted to historians, but projects must have significant historical content.

Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

The present climate crisis seems to confront us with a rupture with the past. What can historians offer in the face of scientists’ predictions of unprecedented warming and the breakdown of the planetary systems that have sustained civilizations? As human and geological timescales collapse into one another, anthropogenic climate change pushes the limits of our historical consciousness. Are new forms of historical writing necessary, or are traditional approaches more relevant than ever? For its 2020-21 theme, the Institute for Historical Studies calls for projects that grapple with the challenges that climate change presents to the discipline of history.

Taking the category of “climate” in broad terms, we seek scholars whose work explores the historical and historiographic complexities of environmental breakdown. How have history and our understanding of the past shaped social responses––or failures to respond––to environmental concerns? How might social, political, economic, or cultural crises have unexpected historical links to environmental change? Might we find precedents for the “unprecedented” by uncovering and analyzing the historical roots and analogues of contemporary climate change? For example, how have people understood, adapted to, and recovered from climate events and other environmental disruptions across different time periods and places around the world? Can history offer an antidote to visions of the future that appear determined by prevailing climate models and help provide us with new ways of understanding human agency, adaptability, and resilience? We invite proposals of historical projects that engage these and other questions, in all time periods and all parts of the world.

Amount Description

Fellowships for tenure-track and tenured faculty will provide stipends equal to half salary for the academic year (9 months).  Applicants may combine IHS fellowships with sabbatical funds, other support from their home institutions or external grants.  (Total funds may not exceed academic salary for the year of the fellowship.)

Fellowships for post-doctoral and independent scholars will provide 12-month salaries of $47,476 per year and medical insurance. Junior fellows must have Ph.D.s in hand no later than December 31 of the year preceding the year of the fellowship. For 2020-2021, the Ph.D. must be in hand by December 31, 2019.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Post Doctoral Fellows


Arts & Humanities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

January 15, 2020