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Top: Ellen Spears presented Ling Zhang with the best book award at our annual conference in Chicago. Bottom: Christof Mauch received the Public Outreach Career Award and Carolyn Merchant received the Distinguished Service Award in Chicago. See awards section of this website for a full list of award recipients, including the best book, articles, and dissertation awards.


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The Massachusetts Historical Society
Offering more than 40 research fellowships for the academic year 2018-2019. The MHS has made environmental archives a collecting priority, is the home of the Boston Environmental History Seminar, and hosted the inaugural meeting of the Northeast and Atlantic-Canada Environmental History Forum. For more information and to apply, please visit The first deadline for the MHS-NEH Fellowships is Jan. 15, 2018.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship on the Plantationocene, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship on the Plantationocene sponsored by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar grant. In addition to pursuing her/his research, the Postdoctoral fellow will be in charge of administrating a seminar that will run from the spring of 2019 through the spring of 2020 working in collaboration with faculty seminar leaders (Monique Allewaert, Pablo Gómez, and Gregg Mitman). This seminar will gather scholars from a range of disciplines to explore and deepen the concept of the Plantationocene.  We will attend to other recent ways of naming our epoch (Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene) and interrogate the past and present of plantations: their materialities; the economic, ecological, and political transformations they wrought; and their significance to the making of human bodies, capitalism, and land over the course of four centuries.

The fellow will also teach one class during the entire fellowship period in conjunction with the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies and will be hosted by the Nelson Institute’s Center for Culture, History, and Environment.  The position pays an annual salary rate of $55,000, plus fringe benefits, for two years starting August 20, 2018 and ending June 30, 2020. Applicants should have some background in STS, Environmental Humanities, and/or Political Ecology but might come from any relevant discipline (including Anthropology, History, Geography, Sociology, African and African American Studies, Diaspora Studies, Literary Criticism, American Studies).

Applicants should submit the following electronically to the address shown below by December 15, 2017:

  • a cover letter;
  • a c.v.;
  • a writing sample (of 25 pages);
  • a two-page research proposal that should include details about the following: the research project the candidate proposes to advance during her/his time at UW; the departments/programs with which the candidate’s work best intersects; and, different types of classes s/he envisions teaching in conjunction with the Holtz Center;
  • names and contact information for three referees.
  • Documentation that all requirements for the doctorate have been met or will be met by the start date of the appointment.

Submit all materials electronically to: Lynn West, Assistant Director for Administration, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies,

Linda Hall Library Fellowships
The Library awards diverse funding opportunities to pre- and post-doctoral scholars of exceptional promise in the history of science and related areas of science and technology studies. The Library offers scholars a setting for deep immersion in outstanding collections of primary and secondary sources as well as stimulating intellectual exchange with other fellows, in-house scholars, and members of the surrounding scholarly community. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to support residential research stays from one week up to a full academic year for research that makes use of the Library’s outstanding collections. All fellowship applications are due January 19, 2018.

For the academic year 2018/19, the Linda Hall Library is proud to once again offer a 80/20 Fellowship. To prepare graduate students for diverse career possibilities within and outside the academy, 80/20 pre-doctoral fellows will spend 80% of their time pursuing dissertation-related research in the Library’s collections and 20% of their time working with a mentor to curate an exhibition that relates to his/her scholarly interest but is intended for the broader public. The 80/20 fellow will also oversee the planning, research, and installation of the exhibition and hold a public gallery talk in conjunction with the exhibition opening. All 80/20 Fellowships are 10 months in length and only pre-doctoral scholars are eligible to apply.

The Linda Hall Library in Kansas City, Missouri, has emerged as one of the foremost independent science and technology libraries in the country. Its extensive primary- and secondary-source holdings document the sciences, technology, and engineering disciplines from the 15th century to the present. The collections are especially strong in the following areas: natural history, astronomy, engineering, physical sciences, life sciences, environmental studies, non-western sciences, Cold War sciences, earth sciences, infrastructure studies, aeronautics, and mathematics. The Library holds more than 500,000 monograph volumes (with over 10,000 rare books) and more than 48,000 journal titles, including a complete set of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, beginning in 1665.

For more information and to apply to fellowships, visit:

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