Research Fellowship in the History of the First World War

Research Fellowship in the History of the First World War at the College of Europe, Natolin campus (Warsaw)

The College of Europe, Natolin Campus (Warsaw) is seeking applications for the position of one six-months Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship with a starting date of January 2015. The posts will be held within the framework of the European Civilization Chair, founded by the European Parliament in honour of the late Professor Bronisław Geremek.

We are looking for graduates with:

a doctorate in History or a closely related field;
a research interest in the First World War, preferably in Central or Eastern Europe;
a proven track record of research in European history, preferably with refereed publications;
a very good command of English or French; preferably both.

Tasks include:

undertaking research activities leading to high-level scholarly publications;
contributing to the activities of the European Civilization Chair, especially to the organization of the conference on the First World War planned for April 2015;
Giving a research paper to the said conference on the First World War;
providing academic support for students undertaking Masters theses related to recent European
history and European civilization, including regular participation in the seminar: ‘History of Europe’.

The College offers:

an excellent academic setting
a six-month contract under Polish law;
a generous remuneration package
an international working environment.

Candidates should prepare a research project of maximum 5 pages on a topic related to the First World War – this may be about its origins, course, impact or consequences.

E-mail applications in English or French, comprising a detailed curriculum vitae, the research project, a letter of motivation and two letters of reference, should be submitted by 15 November 2014 via e-mail to:

Scolma Annual Conference: “There came a darkness”: Africa, Africans and World War I


“There came a darkness”: Africa, Africans and World War I, The British Library, 17 July 2015


The first shot fired for Britain in the First World War was from the rifle of an African soldier in West Africa. The last German troops to surrender did so on African soil, in today’s Zambia. In between African soldiers and civilians paid a heavy price in blood and lives and their societies and outlook were changed for ever. Recent scholarship, reflected in the commemorations and publications for the centenary of the outbreak of the war recognise that Africa was much more than a sideshow in a truly global conflict.

This conference will consider the role of scholars, libraries, archives and information sources in documenting and interpreting the African experience of World War I.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Campaigns in Africa
  • African soldiers on the Western Front
  • The impact of World War I on African Societies
  • Memory and Memorials
  • Literature, Images and Ephemera

Researchers, archivists and librarians are invited to submit abstracts for consideration for this conference.

Abstracts of up to 500 words may be sent to Terry Barringer at by 31 January 2015.

For more details see CFP section on this site, or go to:


Call for doctoral proposals for October 2015 start. We hope and believe that funding for graduate students will be available. Candidates should indicate their interest in working with the project as part of their applications, which should be made to the appropriate Faculties / Departments in the normal way. Please mention specific potential supervisors in your application. Please see here for information on applying.


The WW1 Centenary website goes live on Monday 20 October! Have a look here and let us know if you have any information you want to add to the site.

Oxford WW1 website

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Literary Journalism and WWI

Contributions are invited for a forthcoming volume on ‘Literary Journalism and WWI’. For more details see here.


The journal ‘Gender and History’ is calling for article abstracts for a special issue dedicated to ‘Gender and Global Warfare in the C20’, with a particular focus on WWI. The deadline has been extended to 31 October 2014. Further details can be found here.

Military History Seminar 15th October

Dr. Susan Grayzel (University of Mississippi) will be addressing the Military History Seminar on 15 October. See her recent blog post on gender expectations and WWI on the British Library’s website.