Prizes

2018 Edwin H. Sherman Family Prize for Undergraduate Scholarship in Force and Diplomacy

Temple University’s Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy (CENFAD) is delighted to once again solicit submissions for its annual Edwin H. Sherman Prize for Undergraduate Scholarship in Force and Diplomacy. The recipient of the Edwin Sherman Prize receives a $1,000 award along with a certificate. CENFAD welcomes submissions from students or instructors/advisors/mentors.

Any paper written by an undergraduate student in the 2017 calendar year submitted by either the student or a faculty member at the student’s college or university, is eligible. The paper must address an issue, contemporary or historical, that demonstrates the intersection of force and diplomacy in international affairs. Papers should be no longer than forty-five (45) pages in length. The selection committee will accept only electronic submissions. Please email papers as an attachment in any format, along with the name and contact information of the paper’s author. Please make sure that the file is clearly titled (ApplicantsName-submission.doc, for example), and include the paper’s title, author’s name, and an email address in the document itself.

The deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm on Sunday April 15, 2018.

Please address all questions and Electronic Submissions to Mike Fischer.

2018 Winner:

  • Holden Zimmerman, University of Kansas, “Defensive Humanitarianism: Swiss Internment Camps in WWI”

Previous Winners:


Fellowships

Thomas J. Davis Endowed Fellowship in Diplomacy and Foreign Relations

This fellowship is made possible by the generosity of Todd Davis, who received his Ph.D. in History from Temple in 2002 and served as the first graduate assistant for development for the Center for the Study of Diplomacy (CENFAD). Todd named the fellowship after his father, a decorated first lieutenant in the U.S. Army who was killed in action during the Vietnam War. Responsibilities will be dedicated to advancing the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy. In this capacity, your assignment will be primarily to assist, through research and writing, applications for external grants to support CENFAD’s projects. You will also be expected to assist in the publication of CENFAD’s newsletter, Strategic Visions, help publicize lectures and symposia, administrate CENFAD’s website, coordinate CENFAD colloquia and other events, and contribute in parallel ways. As is the case with a conventional assistantship, you will not be expected to work more than 20 hours per week. The fellowship includes a stipend — amount changes each year. Students should apply to Dr. Alan McPherson by December 15 for a fellowship for the next academic year. Please include an update CV, a letter of recommendation from anybody that may attest to the applicant’s relevant abilities and qualifications, and a 1-2 page statement on the applicant’s abilities to successful serve in this role.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2018-19: Michael Fischer
  • 2017-18: Eric Perinovic
  • 2016-17: Brian McNamara
  • 2015-16: Jesse Curtis
  • 2014-15: Silke Zoller
  • 2013-14: Carly Goodman
  • 2012-13: David Guba, Jr.
  • 2011-12: Kaete O’Connell
  • 2010-11: Matthew Shannon
  • 2009-10: Timothy Sayle
  • 2008-09: Benjamin Brandenburg
  • 2007-08: Kelly J. Shannon
  • 2006-07: Eric Klinek
  • 2005-06: David Zierler
  • 2004-05: Wendy Wong
  • 2003-04: Andrew McKevitt

Sergeant Major William F. Berger Prize Endowed Fellowship for War and Society

Responsibilities will be dedicated to advancing the History Department’s concentration in War and Society, primarily as a teaching assistant in the course War and Peace, if it is being offered. As is the case with a conventional assistantship, awardees will not be expected to work more than 20 hours per week. The prize includes a stipend. Continuing students apply to the Director of Graduate Studies by December 15 for a fellowship for the next academic year. Please include an update CV, a letter of recommendation from anybody that may attest to the applicant’s relevant abilities and qualifications, and a 1-2 page statement on the applicant’s abilities to successful serve in this role.

Previous Recipients:

  • September 2015 – Alexandre Caillot
  • October 2014 – Thomas Reinstein
  • September 2012 – Steven Elliott
  • October 2011 – Seth Tannenbaum
  • July 2010 – Meredith Hohe

2018 Research Fellowship Competition for Temple University Graduate Students

CENFAD is now accepting applications from Temple graduate students for the Marvin Wachman, John Votaw, and Jeffrey Bower Research Fellowships. These fellowships provide stipends of varying amounts to defray the cost of research conducted in connection with completion of the Ph.D. dissertation. All have been made available through the generous contributions of CENFAD supporters. Applicants for these funds must be advanced to Ph.D. candidacy or, if an M.A. student, expect to have completed the required coursework by the end of the Spring 2018 semester and have chosen the Thesis option. The application must include:

  • A letter of application that spells out your qualifications for the award.
  • A current C.V.
  • A one-page description of your research project, if applicable. Include a statement of how you intend to use these funds, as precisely as possible. If plans include travel to archives or libraries, please indicate which ones, and provide an estimated budget for the research trip. Included budget descriptions can exceed the one page limit.
  • One letter of recommendation.

Please attach the abstract, C.V., and statement, including expected date of graduation, as three separate files, and arrange for the advisor/reader to submit the letter of support separately (and also electronically).

A student is not eligible to receive the same award twice. However, receipt of one named CENFAD Research Fellowship does not preclude receiving another. Students do not apply for a specific award. They simply apply for a CENFAD research fellowship. Submissions must be made electronically to Dr. Alan McPherson.

John Votaw Endowed Research Award

Endowed research award for Temple University graduate students of diplomatic and military history, with preference going to military history. Direct questions or applications should apply to Dr. Alan McPherson. The deadline is October 1.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2017-18: Manna Duah
  • 2016-17: Silke Zoller
  • 2015-16: John Worsencroft
  • 2014-15: Carly Goodman
  • 2013-14: David Lee
  • 2012-13: Timothy Sayle
  • 2011-12: Martin Clemis
  • 2010-11: Ryan Johnson
  • 2009-10: Michael Dolski
  • 2008-09: Eric Klinek
  • 2007-08: Lynette Deem
  • 2006-07: Richard Grippaldi
  • 2005-06: David Ulbrich
  • 2004-05: Matthew Muhlbauer
  • 2003-04: John Bonin

Marvin Wachman Fellowship in Force and Diplomacy

To be awarded to a Temple University graduate student in the history of U.S. foreign relations. Direct questions or applications should contact Dr. Alan McPherson. The deadline for spring awards is March 1.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2017-18: Keith Riley
  • 2016-17: Thomas Reinstein and John Worsencroft
  • 2015-16: Tyler Bamford, Kaete O’Connell, and Silke Zoller
  • 2014-15: David Guba, Jr.
  • 2013-14: Carly Goodman and Sarah Robey
  • 2012-13: Matt Shannon and David Lee
  • 2011-12: Larry Kessler
  • 2010-11: Carla Stephens
  • 2009-10: Benjamin Brandenberg and Holger Lowendorf
  • 2008-09: Kelly J. Shannon and Wendy Wong
  • 2007-08: David Zierler
  • 2006-07: Hieu Ho
  • 2005-06: Ginger Davis
  • 2004-05: Darren Bardell
  • 2003-04: Laura Szumanski Steel

Jeffrey Bower Endowed Research Fellowship

Awarded to a Temple University graduate student of military or diplomatic history. Preference is given to students who incorporate a study of technology into their work. Direct questions or applications should contact Dr. Alan McPherson. The deadline for spring awards is October 1.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2017-18: Kaete O’Connell
  • 2016-17: Tyler Bamford
  • 2015-16: Thomas Reinstein
  • 2014-15: Larry Kessler
  • 2013-14: EJ Catagnus
  • 2012-13: Sarah Robey
  • 2011-12: Aaron Sullivan
  • 2010-11: Ben Brandenberg
  • 2009-10: Claude Barnes and Michele Louro
  • 2008-09: Andrew McKevitt
  • 2007-08: Katherine Scott
  • 2006-07: Britton MacDonald
  • 2005-06: Uta Kresse
  • 2004-05: Ginger Davis
  • 2003-04: Bob Wintermute

Conference Travel Funds

CENFAD Conference Travel Grants

Temple University’s Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy (CENFAD) is happy to offer a limited number of grants to facilitate graduate student travel to conferences.

1) a one-paragraph description of the conference and your contribution to it, keeping in mind the CENFAD’s mission to promote “the study of force and diplomacy”

2) a budget, including other sources of funding, what you are requesting from CENFAD, and your proposed mode/cost of travel; and

3) a proof that you will be presenting, for instance a copy/screenshot of the program page where you appear.

  • The deadline for submissions is Fall Semester-5:00 pm on October 1, 2018.
  • Spring Semester-5:00 pm on March 1.

Please address all questions and Electronic Submissions to Dr. Alan McPherson.

Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy
Temple University, Department of History
918 Gladfelter Hall
(215) 204-7466
Fax: (215) 204-5891
tuh41270@temple.edu


Director
Alan McPherson
918 Gladfelter Hall
alan.mcpherson@temple.edu


Thomas J. Davis Fellow
Mike Fischer
tuh29881@temple.edu