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Hal Rothman dissertation fellowship

The Hal Rothman Research Fellowship was created to recognize graduate student achievements in environmental history research in honor of Hal Rothman, recipient of ASEH's Distinguished Service award in 2006 and editor of Environmental History for many years. The fellowship provides a single payment of $1,000 for Ph.D. graduate student research and travel in the field of environmental history, without geographical restriction. The funds must be used to support research and travel during 2020.

Students enrolled in any Ph.D. program worldwide are eligible to apply.

Applications will be accepted from September 1 through November 15, 2019, and the recipient will be selected and notified in January 2020 for funding in 2020.

To apply, please submit the following three items:

  • Two-page statement (500 words) explaining your project and how you intend to use the research funds.
  • A c.v. no more than two pages in length.
  • A letter of recommendation from your graduate advisor (can be sent separately by your graduate advisor)

The application period begins September 1. All items for the Hal Rothman Research Fellowship must be submitted electronically to david.spatz@aseh.org by November 15, 2019Use the subject line "Hal Rothman Fellowship Submission."


        The 2019 Hal Rothman Fellowship recipient is Kyuhhun Han for her project  “Seeing the Forest Like a State: Forest Management, Wildlife Conservation, and Center-Periphery Relations in Northeast China, 1949 – 1988.”

        The 2018 Hal Rothman Fellowship recipient was Trish Kahle for her project “The Graveyard Shift: Mining Democracy in an Age of Energy Crisis, 1963-1981.”

        The 2017 Hal Rothman Fellowship was awarded to Jonathan Coulis, Emory University, for his project "Marshalling Monoculture: Economists, agronomists, and farmers, and the cultivation of modernity in Brazil’s coffee fields, 1954-1989.”

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