The Civil War Institute (CWI) Fellows program provides a range of professional and academic experiences, allowing Gettysburg College students to develop new skills and expand their career options.
CWI Fellows work at least six hours a week. Duties include: assisting in the Civil War Institute office, helping the CWI staff and Director Peter Carmichael with research projects, writing for the CWI blog, and event planning. A central part of the fellowship is the unique opportunity to research Civil War related topics and write for our blog, The Gettysburg Compiler. The CWI Fellows program offers students a valuable opportunity to pursue historical research with members of the CWI staff and hone research and writing skills.
The CWI offers a range of public programming throughout the academic year. CWI Fellows have an opportunity to meet some of the top scholars in the field while helping assist with the planning of events. Additionally, Fellows often assist with the annual Robert Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecture, and attend the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize Award Ceremony, held in New York City.
In 2014-2015, CWI Fellows presented on their research at conferences as close as Lancaster, Pennsylvania and as far away as Oxford, England. They also had the opportunity to meet top scholars and authors throughout the year, including Fortenbaugh Lecturer Nina Silber and novelist Dennis McFarland. They toured the battlefield with CWI Director Peter Carmichael, and authored nearly 80 entries for The Gettysburg Compiler. The Compiler reached new heights of readership and visitor engagement this year, as Fellows experimented with a variety of new formats, including Warpinion editorials, Archival Adventures, Battlefield Correspondence reports, and Point/Counterpoint pieces on topics ranging from Civil War reenacting to lecture reviews.
CWI Fellows in Washington, DC.
"Study the Past"