All-expense paid “Skills Repurposing” weekend workshop intensive in Applied History with Patty Limerick

Become a leader in this exciting trend of expanding the opportunities to engage wider audiences in historical reflection!

APPLICATION CLOSED for the 2020-2021 Skills Repurposing Weekend Workshops

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The Center of the American West at the University of Colorado Boulder with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is implementing an Applied History training program. This program will train History postdocs and adjunct faculty to become applied historians who can draw on the expertise of scholars from a range of disciplines to reach a wider audience.

At the core of Applied History is the mandate to pay equal attention to historical research and to the identity, concerns, and interests of an anticipated audience. Applied Historians adhere to the basic methods of historical inquiry in studying the past, but take an additional step in applying those methods to arrive at a grounded understanding of the present-day groups who will constitute their audience.

Post-docs, adjuncts, and recent Ph.D. in History graduates are encouraged to apply. We will sponsor eight participants throughout the 2019-2020 Academic year. Each participant will take part in their own, three-day “Individual Skills Repurposing” weekend workshop. We will provide:

  1. Help identifying ways to apply your research to a range of contemporary issues;
  2. An opportunity to experiment with different forms of public communication (practicing public speeches, writing op-ed pieces, conjuring up potential blogs or podcasts);
  3. Guidance on revising dissertations for publication, including contacts with and introductions to publishers;
  4. And a multi-dimensional employment plan for pursuing opportunities for future work.

Participants will receive:

  • All travel expenses paid,
  • Meals and incidentals,
  • Three nights lodging in lovely Boulder, CO,
  • A $750 stipend,
  • And automatic acceptance into our “Summer Workshop Program,” a three-week long immersion into our Applied History Program.


It’s easy to apply. Simply submit:

  • A three page, double spaced, essay exploring how your academic training has prepared you for reaching a broader audience and how it could limit you in this endeavor.
  • Your dissertation title, abstract, and a 25-30-page selection from the dissertation,
  • And your CV.
  • Optional: If you have written for a wider audience (blog, letter to the editor, etc.), please include a sample of this work.

Apply Now!

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Center of the American West at 303-492-4879.