News and Announcements

The WHA Office often receives notifications about awards, scholarships, fellowships, and events that might be of interest to our members. Please send details to us about your programs and we will post this information to our news blog below.

  • Monday, February 26, 2018 11:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The University of Oklahoma Libraries Western History Collections (WHC) invites applications from established and emerging scholars for two newly-endowed research fellowships. The fellowships support research residencies in the Western History Collections and are designed to connect researchers to the rich archival, print and visual resources. 

    DEADLINE:  March 26, 2018

    The Masterson Fellowship, endowed by Conrad and Ellen Masterson of Cee Vee, Texas, provides opportunities for visiting scholars to conduct research in the Western History Collections for one to three months. The fellowship is open to advanced graduate students, faculty, or independent scholars engaged in an original research project of significant scholarly merit that will benefit directly from the utilization of materials in the Western History Collections. Several awards of one to three months will be made, and priority consideration for at least one fellowship line will be given to research on range management history, the impact of cattle ranching in the American West, or related topics. The stipend for the Masterson Fellowship is $2,500 per month.  Deadline for applicationsMarch 26, 2018 for consideration for summer 2018 fellowships; revolving thereafter.

    For more information visit

  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 9:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    South Dakota State University's Great Plains Emerging Tribal Writer Award is now accepting applications. The $500 award aims to encourage the development of American Indian Writers. This award allows aspiring tribal writers to share their stories, culture, and heritage with a larger audience for the first time. 

    Last year's winner, Jessie Taken Alive-Rencountre, shared her winning submission at SDSU's annual Consider the Century Conference. Since presenting at the conference, Jessie has published her winning submission, Pet'a Shows Misun the Light, with Mascot Books, sold more than 100 copies of her story, and presented at various venues across the state. 

    Visit their website for more information:

  • Tuesday, February 06, 2018 12:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Mormon History Association is hiring an Executive Director. Please click here for more information. 

    The MHA Executive Director need not be a scholar of Mormon history, but should be able to enthusiastically support and publicly represent the organization’s mission, as well as interacting with the MHA membership which includes both professional historians and enthusiasts from a variety of religious backgrounds (or none at all).

    The Executive Director is an independent contractor who reports to the MHA President and Board of Directors while also working autonomously to provide day-to-day administration of MHA operations and programs and ensure that the organization is financially sound. The Executive Director also serves as a voting member of the Board of Directors.

    It is expected that the Executive Director’s term will commence on June 1, 2018. MHA currently does not have permanent office space; whether the Executive Director would work from home or require dedicated office space can be negotiated.

    To Apply:

    Submit a letter of application expressing your interest, qualifications, and vision for the position, a professional résumé, and the names and contact information of two references to search committee chair Patrick Mason either electronically at or in hard copy at 831 N. Dartmouth Ave, Claremont, CA 91711.  Questions may also be directed toward Patrick Mason by e-mail or phone, 909-607-8362.

    Review of applications will begin February 12, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

  • Tuesday, February 06, 2018 10:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Evans Biography Awards encourage the best in research and writing about individuals who shaped the Interior West (defined for the awards as an expanded Great Basin and Rocky Mountain region, extending south into Chihuahua and Sonora, Mexico, and north into southern Alberta, Canada) through the awarding of two annual cash prizes for excellence in biography, autobiography, and memoir.

    The deadline for submission to the Evans Biography Awards is fast approaching. Books with a first publishing date in 2017 are due by February 21, 2018

    The detailed award criteria and submission information can be found on the Mountain West Center website at

    If you have a book that fits the criteria we encourage you to apply or if you know of a book, please email the Mountain West Center at so that we may contact the publisher for submission.

    Please feel free to contact the Mountain West Center with any questions at or call 435-797-0299.

    Evelyn Funda, Director of the Mountain West Center for Regional Studies, Utah State University


  • Monday, January 22, 2018 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    "Hoover Dam and the Shaping of the American West," an NEH Summer Institute for college and university faculty, will be held in Boulder City and Las Vegas, Nevada, July 8-20 . Over the course of the program we will explore three broad thematic areas that encompass the overarching implications of Hoover Dam’s construction: technology, environment, and human communities. Each of the days will focus on these themes through a purposeful triangulation of topics, people, and physical sites. Scholars from around the U.S. will speak on, and participants will read and discuss, a range of topics related to the dam's international, national, regional, and local impact, focusing on environmental, architectural, social, cultural, labor, women's, Native American, African American, and policy history. Classroom sessions will be augmented by site studies in which both the natural and built environments of Hoover Dam and its surrounding areas serve as touchstones to draw out larger issues of the dam’s construction. Boulder City, Lake Mead, the Valley of Fire, the Black Canyon damsite, the Boulder City Museum and Historical Association archives, downtown Las Vegas, the UNLV Special Collections archives, the Springs Preserve, and the Nevada State Museum will serve as the sites where educators will gain a better understanding of the history and consequences of Hoover Dam’s construction. For information, feel free to get in touch with co-directors Anthony Arrigo ( and/or Michael Green ( To apply, please visit for information.

  • Friday, January 12, 2018 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Submit your proposals for LSA 2018 is “Latinx Studies Now.” The deadline has been extended to February 8, 2018. “Latinx Studies Now: DC 2018” will be an energetic space for encountering the many forms and directions Latinx Studies takes today.

    Click here to read more about the upcoming gathering. 

  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017 3:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Distinguished scholars in History or Political Science are invited to apply for the Wayne N. Aspinall Chair at Colorado Mesa University.  For a $10,000 stipend, the visiting professor will spend three weeks on the Colorado Mesa University campus in late March-early April 2019, teach a one credit course, give a major public lecture, and make any other invited appearances. Applications must include a vitae, a brief outline of a course proposal and a topic for the major public lecture.  Submit application by February 9, 2018 to: Professor Steven C. Schulte, Department of History, Colorado Mesa University, 1100 North Ave., Grand Junction, CO 81501.  Feel free to direct any inquiries to or 970 248-1418

  • Monday, November 20, 2017 10:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Over the past several decades, Vicki Ruiz has made tremendous contributions to the field of Western History. This year, the Western History Association would like to create an article award for the best article on race in the american west to honor her work. The article will be given annually to authors in the WHA who have written an article in any peer reviewed journal and it will be called the Vicki Ruiz Award for Best Article on Race in the American West. Please donate to this fund to get this endowment off the ground either through the award's GoFundMe site or through the WHA Donor page (all of the money will go to the same fund). 

  • Thursday, October 05, 2017 12:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2018 Call for Posters is now open at! 

    What is the NCPH Poster Session? The poster session is an opportunity to share project-based work with attendees in a creative, visual format that invites lively discussion. 

    NCPH’s poster session at the annual meeting is a great way to showcase research-in-progress and get feedbackSubmissions are due Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Please use the form to submit your proposal. 

    For more information, see our website at  

    Please email NCPH Program Assistant Meghan Hillman at with any questions.

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Western Association of Women Historians (WAWH) invites proposals for panels, round-tables, posters, workshops, and individual presentations in all fields, regions, and periods of history for its 50th Annual Meeting to be held at the UC Davis Conference Center, Davis, CA, April 26-28, 2018. 
    Proposals are due on October 15, 2017. Although we consider all types of submissions, we particularly encourage nontraditional formats and topics. These could include panels and round-tables focused on pedagogy, on women in academia, on public history, digital humanities, academic publishing, career paths, activism, etc.

    To submit a proposal or for more information, please visit  WAWH welcomes historians and scholars at all career stages and in all career choices.       

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