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									The Center for the History of Political
Economy at Duke University is now
accepting Fellowship Applications for the
2009-2010 academic year.
Below you will find a description of the Center and information on how to
apply. Please direct any inquiries to Bruce Caldwell at <>

1. THE CENTER. The purpose of the Center is to promote and support research
in, and the teaching of, the history of political economy. To those ends, we
will have in residence each year a number of Center Research Fellows, at
Junior (pre- and post-doctoral) as well as Senior levels, who will pursue
their own research projects. Fellows will join an active community of
scholars which includes the existing history of economics faculty at Duke
(Craufurd Goodwin, Roy Weintraub, Neil De Marchi, Kevin Hoover, and Bruce
Caldwell), scholars in related disciplines at Duke, scholars from area
universities who participate in our programs, and other Fellows. The Center
maintains a regular workshop series and sponsors small conferences and
special events (for a description of the current semester’s activities, visit
the HOPE Group website at Fellows will have
access to the many archival and other scholarly resources that are available
at Duke, among them the Economist Papers Project (an impressive archival
holding that contains, among other things, the papers of seven Nobel
a substantial archival microfilm collection (which includes the Goldsmith’s-
Kress Library of Economic Literature and the F.A. Hayek papers), and the
extensive library holdings of the combined Triangle Universities system
(which includes Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, and N.C.
State Universities). To support teaching, Junior Fellows may participate in a
space available basis in the many courses offered at Duke in the history of
political economy. We also envision a summer teaching institute, staffed by
specialists in the history of political economy and to begin in 2010, where
prospective teachers will gain familiarity with the classic literature to
prepare them to become effective classroom guides to the field.

2. TYPES OF FELLOWSHIP. The Center encourages applications for:

· /Senior Research Fellowships /will enable scholars at various stages of
their careers to come to the Center for either a semester or academic year to
work on a substantial piece of research in the history of political economy.
· /Postdoctoral Research Fellowships/ will enable recent recipients of Ph.D’s
in the history of economics to get a good start on their research careers
under the umbrella of the Center. A secondary goal will be to develop their
skills in teaching the history of economics. Both should make them more
competitive in the job market.
· /Final Year (Predoctoral) Research Fellowships/ will allow doctoral
students enrolled either at Duke or at other universities to spend their
final year before taking their degrees to complete their dissertations while
in the company of others, including more established scholars, working in the
history of political economy. A secondary goal will be to develop their
skills in teaching the history of economics.

3. FELLOWSHIP TERMS: Research Fellows must be in residence at the Center for
at least a semester. Fellows may apply to come to the Center for either a
semester, a full academic year (which runs from the end of August through the
beginning of May), or a twelve month period. Those who wish to come to Duke
for shorter stays should consult the Academic Visits section of the HOPE
website for further information:
Though the principal responsibility of all Fellows is simply to pursue their
research, it is also expected that Fellows will participate where appropriate
in the other programs (e.g., the Workshops, HOPE lunches, and conferences)
that the Center offers.

4. STIPENDS: The Center has only limited funding available for support of
Fellows. As such, whenever possible, Fellows should attempt to bring their
own funding through some combination of support from their own university
(e.g., fellowships or sabbatical funds) and outside foundation support. We
recognize that applicants for Junior Fellowships may not have ready access to
such support. The Center has developed its own relationships with outside
funding agencies, and may be able to assist applicants in finding support.
Sometimes our acceptance of an applicant’s proposal will be contingent on
either the applicant or the Center being able to secure outside funds.

5. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: All applicants should submit the following

a. A statement of interest in which you describe your past history and
explain why you want to come to the Center. Please also indicate the time
period you would like to come to the Center (e.g., Fall 2009; Spring 2010;
the 2009-2010 academic year; a twelve month period beginning September 1,
2009). This should be no more than 1 page in length.

b. A proposal describing the work you will do while in residence at the
Center. The proposal should be no longer than 2 pages in length.

c. A current curriculum vitae.

d. A statement regarding funding. Will you bring any support? If so, please
identify the source(s) of your funding and amount. Also specify whether you
have already secured the funding, or have applied for it. If the latter,
please indicate the date when you expect to know whether the funding request
has been granted. If all of your own funding comes through, will you require
any additional funding from the Center? If so, how much?

e. Finally, please arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent to us
by scholars who can comment on the quality of your work and the importance of
your proposed research. For pre-doctoral candidates, one of the letters must
be from your dissertation supervisor.
Applications are welcome at any time, but for full consideration those
applying for the 2009-2010 academic year should have their applications in by
December 15, 2008.

You may submit your materials by e-mail or regular mail. If by e-mail, please
direct them to: <>

If by mail direct them to:

Administrative Assistant
Center for the History of Political Economy Department of Economics, Duke
213 Social Sciences
Box 90097
Durham, NC 27708

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