Engelsberg Applied History Undergraduate Fellowships – King’s College London
Call for applications
Since its inception in 2017, the Engelsberg Applied History Programme (EAHP) has become a home for scholars seeking to apply historical study to contemporary political questions. Run in conjunction with the Centre for Geopolitics at the University of Cambridge, the EAHP at King’s College London has built a network of faculty and doctoral students who participate in public and private events throughout the academic year. In 2021, the EAHP would like to expand its activities to include undergraduate students within the Department of War Studies and the Department of History at King’s College London.
The EAHP would like to extend a call for applications for the inaugural Applied History Undergraduate Fellowships. Ten undergraduate fellows from King’s College London’s War Studies and History departments will be selected for the year 2021, with fellowships running from February to December. As a part of the year-long fellowship, students will be provided a bursary of £1,000 and will work with senior members of the EAHP to learn methods and approaches to applied history. Fellows will also have the opportunity to become involved with the activities of the EAHP and the Centre for Grand Strategy.
What is expected?
Undergraduate fellows will meet (online or in person) every month for an hour to discuss a contemporary political question through a historical lens. One fellow per meeting will be responsible for writing a 2-3 page paper which examines a question in its appropriate historical context. After a short presentation laying out the paper, the group will discuss the question in a seminar format. All fellows are expected to prepare in advance for the discussion.
In addition to participation in monthly seminars, undergraduate fellows will be expected to produce a draft op-ed of 1,200 – 1,500 words. With the help of faculty and doctoral students associated with the EAHP, these opinion pieces will be sent to publications ranging from the Strife Journal to the Washington Post ‘Made by History’ blog.
How to apply
Prospective fellows should submit a CV and a 750-word statement describing why history is relevant for the present day. These should be combined into ONE PDF document and emailed to Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due by 29 January 2021, and the first meeting will be held during the week of 15 February.