The Oral History Association invites nominations and volunteers to serve on the selection committee for “Diversifying Oral History Practice: A Fellowship Program for Under/Unemployed Oral Historians,” an initiative funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. We will be awarding eleven $60,000 year-long fellowships, as well as up to twelve short-term research grants.
Members of the selection committee will receive a $1000 stipend for their service, which will include
- serving as an ambassador for the program,
- working with OHA to finalize the application process and review criteria,
- reviewing, discussing, and making decisions on the applications received.
We expect that the bulk of the work will take place in January/February 2022.
Selection committee members must meet the following criteria:
- Has not served as staff or officer of OHA in the past year
- Is not planning on applying for fellowships or grants through this program
- Willing to critically and fairly read and evaluate applications
- Able to commit significant time for review process in January and February, 2022
Members of the selection committee are not required to be members of the Oral History Association, but they must have deep knowledge of oral history, in the broadest sense. We particularly encourage members of communities which have historically been marginalized within the field of oral history – such as Indigenous, Black, and other People of Color, people with disabilities, and working class people – to consider serving on this committee. We welcome volunteers, as well as nominations. Please submit this form by October 20, 2021 if you would like to be considered or want to nominate someone. We plan to select and convene the committee by early November.