Programs for Environmental Historians and Historians of the American West to Enhance Career Opportunities and work with Patty Limerick. 

These all-expense paid workshop intensives in Applied History expand your opportunities to engage wider audiences in historical reflection of your scholarly work! Each participant will take part in individualized, (three day/customized) weekend workshop at the University of Colorado. Focused activitiers include writing, working on book proposals, job searches and presentation skills. At the core of Applied History is the mandate to pay equal attention to historical research and  to the identity, concerns, and interests of an anticipated audience. Applied Historians adhere to the basic methods of historical inquiry in studying the past, but take an additional step in applying those methods to arrive at a grounded understanding of the present-day groups who will constitute their audience.

This program will individually train History and Environmental Studies faculty and post-docs to become applied historians who can draw on the expertise of scholars from a range of disciplines. Activities will include:

  1. Help identifying ways to apply your research to a range of contemporary issues;
  2. An opportunity to experiment with different forms of public communication (practicing public speeches, writing op-ed pieces, conjuring up potential blogs or podcasts);
  3. Guidance on revising dissertations for publication, including contacts with and introductions to publishers;
  4. A multi-dimensional employment plan for pursuing opportunities for future work.
  5. Networking with scholars, practitioners and leaders in your field.

We sponsor eight participants throughout the Academic year.  

Participants will receive:

All travel expenses paid,

Meals and incidentals,

Three nights lodging in lovely Boulder, CO,

A $750 stipend,

And automatic acceptance into our three-week long “Summer Workshop Program.”

It’s easy to apply. Simply submit:

  1. A three page, double spaced, essay exploring how your academic training has prepared you for reaching a broader audience and how it could limit you in this endeavor.  
  2. Your dissertation title or research topic along with an abstract of your dissertation. 
  3. Your CV.  
  4. Optional: If you have written for a wider audience (blog, letter to the editor, etc.), please also include a sample of this work

Apply Now!