PRE-DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS TO SUPPORT CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION AND RESEARCH
ON THE HISTORY OF THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS
The past decade has seen a flowering of new work on the history of the League of Nations, as scholars seek to understand the ways in which this early experiment in international cooperation affected international security, governance, social relations, and culture. A group of research scholars at universities across four continents will convene on August 25-26, 2011 for a conference dedicated to presenting and discussing that work. This conference is being organized by Davide Rodogno (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva), Patricia Clavin (Jesus College, Oxford), Susan Pedersen (Columbia University) and Corinne Pernet (Universität St. Gallen). It is being hosted by the Graduate Institute in Geneva and is made possible by the generous support of the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Pierre Du Bois Foundation.
That interest in the League has also influenced graduate students, with dissertations underway on many related topics. Since those projects are undertaken in universities across the world, it is important to develop opportunities for students to share their work across national lines and to access the League archives in Geneva. The conference organizers are therefore delighted to announce that, with the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, eight fellowships of $3000 each will be made available to North American graduate students undertaking dissertations related to the League of Nations. These fellowships will enable those students to attend the conference and to spend some additional time conducting research in the League of Nations archives. If funds permit, recent PhDs undertaking new projects or seeking to expand their dissertations with research in League archives may also be considered for these awards.
Students awarded fellowships should make their own arrangements for travel, hotels, and research in Geneva. They must, however, arrange to be present in Geneva for the week of August 22-26, inclusive. There will be an orientation to the archives on August 22 at the Palais des Nations, and a workshop for the fellowship students and for European graduate students also working on aspects of the history of the League at the Graduate Institute on the afternoon of Wednesday August 24, the day before the conference. Students will attend the conference and will be paired with a scholar working on a related topic for a discussion of their subject and sources. They are also invited to “table” a dissertation chapter or paper if they wish on the conference website.
Fellowship applications will be considered by a committee of faculty associated with the Center for International History at Columbia University. Students applying should send a dissertation prospectus (no more than 3 pages) and a c.v. (no more than 3 pages) to Professor Susan Pedersen, Department of History, Columbia University, sp2216 at columbia dot edu, by Feb. 15, 2011, and should arrange for their dissertation supervisor to send a brief endorsement of their application by email by that date. Awards will be announced by March 15, 2011. Fellowship recipients are required to report back to the CIH on their use of the award by Oct. 1, 2011.