George and Ann RichardsCivil War Era Center

Colored Conventions


Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

In partnership with Penn State’s Africana Research Center, the Richards Center established a competitive, one-year postdoctoral fellowship in 2012. The fellowship rewards recently graduated Ph.D.s studying aspects of the African American experience from slavery to Civil Rights.

Beginning in 2020, Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts, Department of History, and the Richards Center will host a second Center-sponsored postdoctoral fellowship (in addition to our joint RCWEC/ARC fellowship). The fellowship rewards recently graduated Ph.D.s studying aspects of the Civil War era, particularly focusing on slavery and emancipation.

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Predoctoral Fellowship Program

In recognition of the challenges graduate students have faced throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the Richards Center invites applications for two predoctoral dissertation fellowships in the history of the Civil War era.  

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Visiting Scholar Fellowship Program

The Richards Civil War Era Center invites applications for the Mark and Ann Persun Visiting Scholars Program for tenured faculty in history at the rank of Associate Professor. The fellowship is open to scholars of the Civil War Era, broadly conceived, who study military or political history. In its inaugural year, the fellowship will be awarded to a scholar of military history.

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Faculty Fellowship Program

The Richards Center Faculty Fellowships offer research support for faculty members whose research aligns with the Center’s scholarly mission. These two-year fellowships include the opportunity to present a work-in-progress and to use the Center’s resources for research and writing time. Fellows participate in workshops and professional development activities, and become active participants in the scholarly life of the Center.


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The Catto-LeCount Fellows Program for Equity and Inclusion

The Catto-LeCount Fellows Program for Equity and Inclusion exposes undergraduate juniors, seniors, and recent graduates from underrepresented backgrounds to doctoral study in history. Attendees learn about the graduate admissions process, the academic profession, and the Penn State Department of History’s strengths in African American, Latino/a, and Native American studies.

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Center and Institute Fellows Program

In conjunction with the College of the Liberal Arts and the Humanities Initiative Dissertation Release Program, the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center will host two graduate students as Center and Institute Fellows in 2022-2023. 

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Past Predoctoral Fellows

In 2022, the Richards Center began welcoming advanced PhD candidates from outside of Penn State to join our community as predoctoral fellows. Read about them here!

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