Two-Year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the CPH

The Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University invites applications for its two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship program. The successful candidate will couple their own research and publishing agenda with their contributions to the Center’s Collective Memory Project, a wide ranging oral history of the George W. Bush Presidency.  Fellows receive a competitive salary and benefits, funds to support independent research/travel, and are initially appointed for one year with expectation of renewal for a second year in residence.

Primary duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Individual research within the fellow’s own area of interest leading to publications in scholarly and/or public history venues.
  • Contribute to Collective Memory Project of the George W. Bush Presidency;

Applicants from all fields and topics pertaining to the presidency and executive power are welcome, but are anticipated to derive from the disciplines of history, political science, economics, sociology, or communications.  The Center defines “Presidential History” in the broadest terms possible.

Fellows must be in residence at SMU during the 2015-2016 academic year and must have successfully defended their doctoral dissertation before the appointment begins. Preference will be given to applicants for whom additional time and resources will culminate in the completion of a publishable book-length manuscript. Fellows seeking additional teaching experience may have opportunity to offer courses in their field of expertise.

For full consideration, applicants must submit the following: CV, letter of interest outlining applicants’ research agenda and proposed contribution to the Collective Memory Project, chapter-length writing sample, and three letters of reference.  All documents should be submitted (as one long running document) through the website of SMU’s Department of Human Resources at

If the writers of the applicants’ recommendation letters prefer, they may email letters directly to the Center for Presidential History at

Full review of applications will begin on December 1, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

Further information on this CPH fellowship and the Collective Memory Project may be found at

To Apply: Please visit our website to access the online application. Click on Staff Career Opportunities and apply to Job ID#: 900656

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