Academic Appointments

The Center supports a Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital History, a Graduate Fellow in World History, and a Graduate Student Assistant in Public History.   

The WHC offers Center affiliation to select scholars and researchers who may hold positions as Research Associates (RA) or Visiting Scholars (VS).  Although these positions are official University of Pittsburgh appointments, they exist outside of any tenure stream and they do not carry any funding or salary obligations by Pitt or the WHC.  They are generally unpaid appointments for a specific time period during which the visitor receives a sponsored University account for email, network access, and library privileges.

For individuals seeking affiliation as an RA or VS, the Center requires the following application materials in order to be considered:

  • A letter detailing the scope and focus of their research, an explanation on how it relates to transregional or global history, and a statement on how the WHC, and Pitt more broadly, can help them achieve their goals.  
  • A current CV
  • Letters of recommendation from a Pitt faculty/researcher and a letter from a non-Pitt faculty/researcher
  • Evidence of funding support for their time in Pittsburgh or expenses related to their research.

These materials can be submitted to at any time.  

Research Affiliates and Visiting Scholars are expected to attend Center functions whenever possible, provide a photo and bio for posting to our website, and they agree to write up a report about their research activities once their appointment has ended.  For more information about the RA and VS programs, please contact