In 2008, JMC set out to build a core of enthusiastic and dedicated professors who share our goal of advancing education in our country’s founding principles and history. The JMC Postdoctoral Fellowship program is among the most effective strategies for achieving this objective.
Working with established professors at top universities, JMC postdoctoral fellows teach classes on the great ideas of the Founding and prepare scholarly works essential to their success in an increasingly competitive academic job market.
Fellows gain valuable teaching experience and are mentored by leading scholars in their fields. Their mentors’ advice prepares them for the rigors of the interview and publication processes. Fellows leave their appointments ready to begin long-term academic careers.
“The value of these postdoctoral fellowships to young scholars cannot be overstated,” said JMC executive vice president, Dr. Michael Andrews, “Over the course of their careers, these young scholars will introduce tens of thousands of students to the American political tradition and the principles of a free society.”
2018-19 Postdoctoral Fellowships
The following list includes all JMC postdoctoral fellowships currently scheduled for the 2019-20 academic year.
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2019-20 Postdoctoral Fellowships
JMC is partnered with four of America’s foremost independent research libraries: the Newberry Library in Chicago, the Huntington Library in San Marino, the John D. Rockefeller Library in Colonial Williamsburg, and the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia.
In collaboration with these libraries, JMC provides 1 to 3 month research fellowships primarily for early and mid-career scholars engaged in projects that advance the study of American political thought and history.
JMC research fellowships provide scholars the rare opportunity to explore unparalleled collections of documents and manuscripts from the Founding era. Such opportunities enable scholars to further their careers on campuses while benefiting us all with a deeper understanding of America’s founding principles and history.
2017-18 Research Library Fellowships
2018-19 Research Fellowships
Research fellowships for the 2018-19 academic year will be offered at the Newberry Library, the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Library, and the American Philosophical Society.
American Philosophical Society
The APS Library houses over 11 million manuscript items, 350,000 volumes of printed materials, thousands of maps and prints, and more than a thousand hours of audio recordings of Native American languages. Collections are renowned for their depth and interdisciplinary strengths in diverse fields, including Early American History and Culture to 1840 • Atlantic History • Intellectual History • Travel, Exploration and Expeditions • History of Science, Technology and Medicine • History of Biochemistry, Physiology and Biophysics including 20th-Century Medical Research • History of Eugenics and Genetics • History of Physics, especially Quantum Physics • History of Natural History in the 18th and 19th Centuries • Anthropology, particularly Native American History, Culture and Languages • Caribbean and Slavery Studies. The Library does not hold materials on philosophy in the modern sense.
Comprehensive, searchable guides and finding aids to our collections are available online at Online Guides
Eligibility: The fellowships, funded by generous benefactors, are open to both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals. Applicants may be:
- Holders of the Ph.D. or its equivalent
- Ph.D. candidates who have passed their preliminary examinations and are researching their dissertation
- Degreed independent scholars (without current academic affiliation)
Applicants in any relevant field of scholarship may apply. Candidates who live 75 or more miles from Philadelphia receive some preference.
Apply: Applications are currently being accepted. The deadline is February 2, 2018. Click here to apply.
The Newberry Library
A world-renowned independent research library in Chicago, the Newberry offers readers an extensive noncirculating collection of rare books, maps, music, manuscripts, and other printed material spanning six centuries. It acquires and preserves a broad array of special collections research materials relating to the civilizations of Europe and the Americas.
Eligibility: Short-Term Fellowships are open to postdoctoral scholars; PhD candidates with “All But Dissertation” (ABD) status; and scholars with terminal degrees in areas that do not offer a PhD (such as MFA, MLIS, MSW, JD, etc.).
The Newberry will only consider applicants who have achieved ABD status or terminal degree status by the Newberry’s application deadline. ABD applicants must include a letter of recommendation from their dissertation advisor verifying ABD status. Applicants pursuing masters degrees in fields that grant PhDs are not eligible for Newberry fellowships.
Apply: Applications are currently being accepted. The deadline is December 15, 2017. Click here to apply.
John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Library
John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library has a distinguished collection of primary and secondary sources relating to the Revolutionary era, the colonial Chesapeake, African American studies, decorative arts and material culture through 1830, archaeology, architectural history, digital history, 18th-century Williamsburg, and historic preservation. An important component of the work of the Foundation’s Division of Research and Historical Interpretation, fellowships primarily support research on topics related to British America, the American Revolution, and the Early Republic.
Eligibility: Open to doctoral candidates, scholars, and independent researchers.
Apply: Applications are currently being accepted. The deadline for applications is January 5. Click here to learn more.