2021 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 2019-2020 school 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 April 12, 2021.
Please address all questions and Electronic Submissions to Joshua Stern.
- 2020: Scott Hedberg, University of Kansas, “Failure to Influence: US Information Service - Vietnam, 1954-1957”
- 2019: No Winner
- 2018: Holden Zimmerman, University of Kansas, “Defensive Humanitarianism: Swiss Internment Camps in WWI”
- 2017: Charlotte Blatt, Dartmouth College, “Operational Success, Strategic Failure: Assessing the 2007 Iraq Troop Surge”
- 2016: Erica Ma, University of Pennsylvania, “A State Divided: The Decisive Impact of Third-Party Interventions on Secession Conflicts (1945-2011)”
- 2015: Nathan Hausman, United States Air Force Academy, “Competing Narratives: Comparing Perspectives on NATO Intervention in Kosovo”
- 2014: Alison Strongwater, Cornell University, “Modern Mercenaries: Threat or Savior?”
- 2014 Honorable Mention: Pamela Hoss, University College London, “French Fears over Power Shifts: the October War, the Catalyst for the Deterioration of Franco-American relations in 1973?”
- 2013: Jean-Robert Lalancette, McGill University, “From Decrepit Empire to Third World Champion: France’s Incredible Transition, 1958-1963”
- 2012: George Bogden, Yale University, “Refugees, Statecraft, and Legitimacy: Forced Migration and Foreign Policy after the First Persian Gulf War”
- 2011: Yongqing Douglas Yang, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “The Panamanian Paradox: A President�s Struggle to Remove Manuel Noriega”
- 2010: Robert King, Harvard University, “Academic Scribblers: Policy Reports and the Making of American Strategy on Latin America, 1948-1980”
2009: Raymond Joseph Parrot, University of Virginia, “An Education for Occupation: Army Civil Affairs Training And Military Planning for Postwar Germany”
- 2008: Justin King, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Partners and Rivals: Political Economy and American Diplomacy, 1969-1974”
- 2007: Debbie Sharnak, Vassar College, “The Perception of Strategic Alliances: Carter’s Failure to Normalize Relations With Vietnam”
- 2006: Betsey Beasley, University of Georgia at Athens, “Damsels in Distress, Frustrated Old Women, and the Masculine Enterprise: Gendered Constructs in U.S. Relations with Vietnam, 1963-1968”
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.
- 2019-20: Brandon Kinney
- 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.
- 2019-2020: Rhiannon Amato
- September 2015 – Alexandre Caillot
- October 2014 – Thomas Reinstein
- September 2012 – Steven Elliott
- October 2011 – Seth Tannenbaum
- July 2010 – Meredith Hohe
Research Fellowship Competition for Temple University Graduate Students
CENFAD is now accepting applications from Temple graduate students for the John Votaw and Jeffrey Bower Fellowships (in the Fall) and the Marvin Wachman and Richard Immerman Fellowships (in the Spring). These fellowships provide stipends of varying amounts to defray the cost of research conducted in connection with completion of the PhD dissertation. All have been made available through the generous contributions of CENFAD supporters. Applicants for these funds must be Ph.D. students in the History Department. 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).
Students are eligible to receive the same award twice. 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.
- 2019-20: Ariel Natalo-Lifton
- 2018-19: Alexandre Caillot
- 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
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.
- 2019-20: None
- 2018-19: Eric Perinovic
- 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
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.
- 2019-2020: Alexandre Caillot, Mike Fischer and Josh Stern
- 2018-2019: None
- 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
The Richard Immerman Research Award- New Award for 2021!
Awarded to a Temple University PhD student in History whose research project is congruent with the mission of CENFAD. Award recipients shall be selected by a committee comprised of the Dean of the School, the Director of CENFAD, and a College faculty member whose primary academic specialization is the history of United States foreign relations. The maximum award is $1,500. The deadline is March 1.
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.