Call for proposals - GSA in Public History for Summer Term 6-Week-1


The Pitt World History Center is offering a Graduate Student Assistantship in Public History for the 2018 Summer Term 6-Week-1 session.  We seek Pitt graduate students at any stage of their program who are eligible for university funding and who are interested in communicating to a non-academic audience about a topic in the transregional or global past. 

By February 23rd, 2018, please submit to 1) a 250-word document that describes a proposed one-semester project in terms of its intellectual significance and its relationship to the field of world history, 2) a 250-word description of a one-semester workplan that will result in a completed project and 3) a CV.

Your proposed activity must result in a completed public-facing project and must include a credible and actionable dissemination plan. You may include a well-justified budget of up to $1000 for project-related costs.  We take the term public history broadly.  We require only that your project’s target audience extend beyond undergraduate majors or scholars in your discipline and field.  For instance, you may propose a series of op-ed articles or podcasts, an exhibition of photographs, or a white paper for an NGO.  History students will receive preferential consideration, but we welcome applications from students in any discipline or program whose proposal substantially concerns world history.

The time commitment and remuneration for this position are equivalent to those for a TAship.  WHC Director Ruth Mostern and Associate Director Molly Warsh will offer intellectual supervision and guidance as you complete your project, and WHC Manager David Ruvolo will provide logistical support.  This position is an opportunity for you to use materials and themes from your own dissertation research to create a public-facing project that can become a distinctive piece of your professional portfolio.  The Center's first two GSAs for the Spring 2018 term are currently completing a joint project to situate Pittsburgh youth sports in global perspective. You can find a description of their project here.