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Summer Institute on the International History of Nuclear Weapons

The sixth annual Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations’ (SHAFR) Summer Institute, hosted by the History and Public Policy Program’s Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP).

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TypeProgram Scholarship
OpenAugust 27, 2012 — November 25, 2012
DeadlineFebruary 1, 2013

Image removed.The SHAFR Summer Institute: From the Manhattan Project to the Global Nuclear Disarmament Movement

14-19 June 2013

The continued proliferation of nuclear weapons is one of the most pressing security issues of our time, yet the empirically-based study of international nuclear history remains in its infancy. This SHAFR Summer Institute held on 14-19 June 2013 will provide an intensive overview of the global history of nuclear weapons through seminars led by some of the world’s leading nuclear historians. Instructors will include Martin Sherwin (Wilson Center/George Mason University), and NPIHP Co-Directors Lepoldo Nuti (University of Roma Tre) and Christian Ostermann (Wilson Center), as well as other leading figures in the field.

A key goal of the Summer Institute is to catalyze the growth of nuclear history as a field. Participants will therefore have the opportunity to forge valuable connections with one another and with senior nuclear historians.

The Summer Institute will feature practical elements as well, including opportunities for participants to present their own research, develop syllabi for courses on the nuclear age, and discuss publication and career-advancement opportunities. Each participant will be reimbursed for travel, will be provided free accommodation, and will receive an honorarium of $500. The Institute schedule is designed to enable participants to remain in the Washington area for the 2013 SHAFR conference, to be held in Arlington, VA from 20-22 June.


The 2013 SHAFR Summer Institute aims to develop connections among nuclear historians, and between nuclear historians and their colleagues in related fields. Applications will be accepted from:

  • Ph.D. candidates in history, international relations, political science and related fields with an interest in nuclear matters,
  • Early-career college or university teachers of history, international relations, political science and related fields with an interest in nuclear matters,
  • Early-career professionals, who work on nuclear issues, will have completed an MA MS by June 2013, and who plan to apply to earn a Ph.D. in history, international relations, political science or a related field in the near future.

Application Instructions:

Applications are due no later than Friday, 1 February 2013. Required application materials include:

  • A resume or C.V.
  •  A one page (single-spaced) letter describing how participation in the Summer Institute would benefit your scholarship and career.
  • All application materials must be in English.
  • Preference for admission will be given to SHAFR members.

Please send all completed applications and any questions to


The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) is dedicated to the scholarly study of the history of American foreign relations. As such, it promotes the “the study, advancement and dissemination of a knowledge of American Foreign Relations” through the sponsorship of research, annual meetings, and publications. For more information, visit

Within the Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program (HAPP), the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project is a global network of individuals and institutions engaged in the study of international nuclear history through archival documents, oral history interviews and other empirical sources. Recognizing that today’s toughest nuclear challenges have deep roots in the past, NPIHP seeks to transcend the East vs. West paradigm. By working towards an integrated international history of nuclear weapon proliferation NPIHP research contributes to robust scholarship and effective policy decisions. For more information, visit