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Department of History : Summer Seminar

Summer Seminar

Welcome to the homepage of the West Point Summer Seminar in Military History! The West Point Department of History will host the 2013 Summer Seminar from June 3-June 17. The Department of History has designed this intensive 15-day program to further develop scholars’ understanding of the study of war and military history.
The West Point Summer Seminar in Military History seeks to broaden its participants’ knowledge of military history, preparing them to develop or enhance studies in this critical field at the collegiate level. The Summer Seminar brings together a select group of historians for a series of seminars and lectures, as well as staff rides to Revolutionary War and Civil War sites, and a visit to the Army Heritage and Education Center at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. Led by members of the West Point faculty and a variety of noted military historians, these activities facilitate detailed discussions of historiography and pedagogy within the field of military history.
Due to the generosity of our donor, fellows attend the Summer Seminar without cost. Fellowships support lodging, meals, per diem expenses, and most travel costs. The Seminar also provides books and materials applicable to the program.
Fellowships for the West Point Summer Seminar in Military History are open to junior faculty and advanced graduate students in the field of history who desire to enhance their ability to study and teach military history. At a minimum, applicants must have completed all requirements for the doctorate other than submission of the dissertation (ABD). Applicants must have the ability to traverse difficult terrain of up to five miles on battlefields such as Saratoga and Gettysburg. 
The deadline for application packets for the 2013 Summer Seminar is 18 January 2013. Application packets consist of a completed application form, curriculum vitae, a sample of academic writing, and a letter of recommendation. Click here for application information and materials.
If you have other questions about the program, please contact the Program Director Major William Nance 845-938-4395 or Major Richard Anderson 845-938-5592.