LCHP Opportunities

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We currently have the following open opportunities:

April 1, 2022

For academic year 2022-23, the Luskin Center for History and Policy is inviting proposals for innovative research projects that make an explicit connection between past and present. Successful projects should have three defining qualities:

1)      They bring historical analysis to bear on issues of contemporary relevance;

2)     They aim to contribute to solving an identifiable modern problem; and

3)     They are collaborative in nature. Teams should include at least two members. 

In line with the Luskin Center’s mission, the outcome of the Luskin Center research grant should be a research product (e.g., a paper) that includes both a substantial historical basis and suggestions or recommendations for the present or future.

Applicants can apply for one of two funding categories:

  1. Seed Funding ($5,000)
    1. This funding will support early-stage, exploratory, or smaller scale initiatives. 
    2. Grantees are required to report back on their progress to LCHP on a regular basis and write a blog post for the LCHP website about their work by the end of the academic year.
  2. Project Funding (up to $25,000)
    1. These projects are larger-scale, and should reach their culmination (e.g., report) by the end of the funding cycle.
    2. Grantees are required to either submit a full research report for release via the LCHP website, contribute to an LCHP podcast episode, and/or participate in an LCHP program during the academic year.

Recipients of both forms of funding are required to participate in an opening orientation session at the beginning of academic year 2022-23 and to submit a report to LCHP about the outcomes of their work by August 2023.

All applicants must include at least one UCLA student or faculty member. Proposals that include faculty members or graduate students from the UCLA History Department are particularly encouraged.

Read more about previous recipients of this fellowship here.

To Apply:

Please submit a proposal of no longer than 3 single space pages that defines what problem the project seeks to address, who the team members are including their title and department affiliation, how history adds value to the analysis, and gives a sense of who the intended audience is. Proposals should also include an additional budget proposal that reflects the costs to be incurred in the course of research, and should indicate which form of funding they are seeking. It is highly recommended the budget proposal is vetted and reviewed by the lead member of the team’s home department fund manager to ensure projected costs are as accurate as possible.

Proposals are due via email to by Tuesday May 31, 2022. Please direct any questions about the above to

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LCHP Summer Research Institute

The UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy (LCHP) invites applications from undergraduate and graduate students interested in acquiring important research skills in the new LCHP Summer Research Institute. This Research Institute is intended for students who:

  • are interested in learning more about history and related research methods;
  • want to use their historical knowledge to understand the present better;
  • are contemplating graduate school in history and related fields, or are in graduate school and would like specialized research training;
  • are interested in a paid fellowship on a LCHP research team.

What: The LCHP Summer Institute is a 2-day immersive educational program that offers intensive exposure to students in both historical research and policy analysis.  Students will learn how to make responsible use of the past to shed light on the present and craft alternative paths for the future. 

Topics will include:

  • Historical research methods
  • Archival and library research
  • Policy research
  • Data analysis
  • Translating research for media and policy impact

Students will receive a certificate at the completion of the training program and will also become eligible to become LCHP Student Research Fellows in the future. This program is free for UCLA students (please note you will not receive course credit for participation).

When: Thursday June 16-Friday June 17

Where: The Summer Institute will take place virtually on Zoom.

Who: Applicants who are full time students (undergraduate or graduate) during the Summer and Fall of 2022 will be given preference. Applicants do not need to be enrolled in summer coursework in order to be eligible to apply.

Apply here by May 23

Student Research Fellowship

The UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy (LCHP) also invites applications from undergraduate and graduate students to be paid student research fellows for the 2022-23 academic year (beginning in Fall Quarter). Research Fellows will conduct original research between 5-8 hours/week. Positions are paid, and spots are limited.

Please note: Participation in the Summer Research Institute is required for all new Summer Research Fellows.

Topics for these research teams will fall under one of the following categories:

  1. Racial Justice History and Policy
  2. Environmental History and Policy
  3. Local Los Angeles Government History and Policy 

How to Apply

Apply for the Summer Research Institute and/or the Summer Research Fellowship at this link by 12pm PST on Monday, May 23, 2021. All applicants will be asked to upload their resume/CV. Applicants for the student research fellowship will be asked to also upload a statement of interest. 


Position title: Luskin Center for History and Policy Postdoctoral Scholar


Open date: December 8th, 2021

Next review date: Monday, Jan 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy (LCHP) seeks applicants for a one-year Postdoctoral Scholar. The candidate must hold a Ph.D. in History. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have received their Ph.D. between September 1, 2018, and June 30, 2022.

The Fellow will be jointly housed in LCHP and the UCLA History Department. The Fellow will have the following responsibilities: developing and conducting a historically informed research project that addresses an issue with important policy implications today; serving as an advisor and mentor to existing and new LCHP research teams; helping to organize LCHP public events; and teaching an undergraduate course related to the intersection of history and policy. To learn more about the Luskin Center for History and Policy, visit

We are especially eager to interview candidates with a demonstrable commitment to the success and mentorship of students from underrepresented and underserved populations and with an enthusiasm for building ties across fields within the department or the university. The appointment (which includes benefits) will be for a 12-month period. Salary will follow university standards for post-doctoral scholars and will reflect the applicant’s experience.

To apply, candidates must submit a (a) curriculum vitae, (b) cover letter, (c) statement outlining their interest in the history-policy nexus and proposing a research topic for the postdoctoral period, and (d) statement of teaching philosophy and discussion of possible seminar topics. A statement addressing the applicant’s past and/or potential contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion is also required. Please visit the UCLA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion website for Sample Guidance for Candidates on the Statement of Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Applicants should also have three referees submit letters of reference.

Review of applications will begin January 31, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. The preferred start date is July 1, 2022. Applications will be accepted at


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. in history awarded between September 1, 2018 and June 30, 2022.


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • Statement of Teaching – Please include your teaching philosophy and discussion of possible seminar topics.
  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion – An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.
  • History/Policy Statement – Statement should outline your interest in the history-policy nexus and propose a research topic for the postdoctoral period.
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required
Reference letters will be read as part of the selection process

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