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Grants / Fellowships

Economic History Association Grants and Fellowships

The EHA Offers Financial Support for Excellent Research in Economic History

The EHA offers grants for economic history research through various programs. Most of these are administered by the Committee on Research in Economic History (CREH), while the Annual Meetings Program Committee oversees one.

Membership in the Economic History Association is required to apply for or receive an EHA grant or fellowship. If you are unsure about your EHA membership status, please contact the EHA Administrative Coordinator, Taylor Land at taylorland@eh.net. If you would like to join the EHA or renew your inactive membership, click the button below.

All application materials must be submitted electronically.

 

Individuals with PhDs

Arthur H. Cole Grants

The Committee on Research in Economic History awards Arthur H. Cole grants-in-aid to support research in economic history, regardless of time period or geographic area. Awards typically are in amounts up to $5,000, although higher amounts may be awarded in exceptional cases. Applicants must be members of the Association and must hold the Ph.D. degree. Preference is given to recent Ph.D. recipients. Please direct any questions about these grants to Professor Marc Weidenmier, Committee on Research in Economic History, marc.weidenmier@gmail.com.

Deadline for applications: March 1, 2024. Awards announced by March 22, 2024.

Graduate Dissertation Fellowships

Students with approved topics and making progress toward completion are eligible for Dissertation Fellowships.  Students at the early stages of dissertation development are not eligible for fellowship support.  Funds awarded during this application cycle are intended to provide support during the 2024-25 academic year.  Applicants must be members of the Association, and dissertation fellowships are not renewable.

There are four different types of dissertation fellowships, with names reflecting the source of funding for the fellowship.  An applicant files a single application to be considered for all three types and can receive at most one fellowship.

There are four types of Dissertation Fellowships

1. EHA Graduate Fellowships ($10,000)

2. EHA Fellowship for students outside traditional economics departments ($10,000)

3. Cambridge University Press Dissertation Fellowship ($10,000)
This award is made possible through an endowment created through a partnership between Cambridge University Press and the Economic History Association, signaling a commitment to developing the field's future leaders, whose research will directly study economic history worldwide.

4. Sokoloff Fellowship ($17,500)
Thanks to a generous gift from Ken Sokoloff’s estate and other individual contributions, this fellowship honors the major contributions of Kenneth Sokoloff to economic history, and in particular his care and concern for the many students he introduced to economic history.

Please direct any questions about these fellowships to Professor Marc Weidenmier, Committee on Research in Economic History, marc.weidenmier@gmail.com. Applicants are asked to submit a CV, a project description and two letters of reference (one of which should be from the dissertation committee chair). It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact letter writers and provide them with the submission directions. Letters can be uploaded at TBD. Please note that where the application asks for a 5 page project description (including references cited), this is to be double spaced with at least one inch margins on all sides and font size no less than 11 point.

Deadline for Applications: January 18, 2024. Awards announced by February 28, 2024.

Early Stage Dissertation Grants

Early Stage Dissertation Grants (formerly Exploratory Travel and Data Grants) are early-stage grants for doctoral students writing a dissertation in economic history. They provide funding for specific research purposes (for example, visiting archives, data transcription, or purchase of microfilm or CD-ROMs) and, in most instances, will not exceed $2,500. They are nonrenewable, but recipients are eligible to apply subsequently for a Graduate dissertation fellowship (see above).

Deadline for Applications: January 18, 2024. Awards announced by February 28, 2024.

Annual Meeting Travel and Hotel Subsidies

Poster Session

Intended for disseminating preliminary results from graduate thesis work. Those accepted receive the following support:

—Travel subsidies up to $500 for domestic flights or train fare, up to $800 for international flights.
—Complimentary hotel rooms for up to 3 nights.
—Free dinner with other graduate students Friday night.

Deadline for applications: May 21, 2024. Decisions announced by July 1, 2024.

Non-Poster Session

Graduate students interested in attending the annual meeting but not participating in the poster session are eligible, depending on funding availability, for up to three nights’ complimentary hotel room.

Deadline for applications: May 21, 2024. Decisions announced by July 1, 2024.