Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies

Resident Fellows

Garrison Hall, north entrance

Garrison Hall — north entrance; Photo by Marsha Miller

The IHS expects to appoint resident fellows for 2020-21 whose work engages with the year's theme of Climate in Context: Historical Precedents and the Unprecedented (see Theme page for description).

Fellowships are available for all ranks.  They are not restricted to historians, but projects must have significant historical content.

Please note the following changes to the fellowship program as the terms are different from previous years.

Tenure-track and tenured faculty

Fellowships for tenure-track and tenured faculty will provide stipends equal to half salary for the academic year (9 months).  Applicants may combine IHS fellowships with sabbatical funds, other support from their home institutions or external grants.  (Total funds may not exceed academic salary for the year of the fellowship.)

UT Austin is unable to pay fellows' salaries through their home institutions. We are required by university policy to pay fellows directly.

Post-doctoral and independent scholars

Fellowships for post-doctoral and independent scholars will provide 12-month salaries of $47,476 per year and medical insurance. Junior fellows must have Ph.D.s in hand no later than December 31 of the year preceding the year of the fellowship. For 2020-2021, the Ph.D. must be in hand by December 31, 2019.

Expectations for Fellows

Fellows must be resident in Austin during the term of their appointment and are expected to participate actively and regularly in the institute's programming. Each fellow will present a pre-circulated paper at the institute's workshops. Fellows may also be invited to participate in other programming at The University of Texas at Austin.

Application Procedures

A. Applications should be submitted electronically to the Director by midnight on January 15, 2020, at, and should include:

  1. Cover sheet. Download here.
  2. Comprehensive CV in .pdf format.
  3. Description in no more than three pages, single-spaced, in .pdf format, of the applicant's proposed research project, its relevance to the current theme, and specific goals for the period of residence in Austin.

B. Two letters of reference should be sent by email to the Director by January 15, 2020. If using a credential service such as Interfolio, please select email delivery. Please note that we cannot accept letters of reference from current University of Texas at Austin faculty members to avoid conflicts of interest.

An email confirmation will be sent once the application is complete and all materials are received. Please allow up to two weeks during peak times for the message of confirmation.

Fellow Workshop presented by Carel Bertram, Oct. 2013, at the IHS event space, Garrison Hall.

Fellow Workshop presented by Carel Bertram, Oct. 2013, at the IHS event space, Garrison Hall.