Call for applications – NEXTGATe 2021-2023

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The Board of the European Society for Environmental History is seeking applications from doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers to join the 2021-2023 cohort of the Next Generation Action Team (NEXTGATe).

NEXTGATe aims to strengthen the presence and influence of early career scholars in the environmental history field in Europe and beyond, and to offer a space for frank, open discussions and collaboration among this group of environmental historians.

The work of the newly appointed cohort will build upon previous discussions on professional and financial uncertainty, the lack of visibility of the field in specific geographical contexts, and an inadequate professional network.

For the most recent report of the NEXTGATe team, see Biasillo R., Hameeteman E., Kochetkova E., Ujházy N., Palma M., Schleper S., Wickberg A., Early-Career Environmental Historians for a Sustainable Academia, Environment and History 2018. Vol. 24. No. 4. p. 579-581; and the first collective report, Pál V., Biasillo R., Kochetkova E., Meredith T., Schleper S., Spinney E., Emerging Scholars in the Age of Uncertainty: Goals and Plans of ESEH Next Generation Action Team in 2018–19, Environment and History 2018. Vol. 24. No. 4. p. 579-581.

Successful applicants will collaborate with NEXTGATe Coordinator Noémi Ujházy and team members Monique Palma and Elizabeth Hameeteman in continuing outreach activities that target early career scholars (e.g. writing group, dissertation database, blog on Sustainable Academia), and in developing new ones in the lead-up to the 2022 ESEH Conference that will be held in Bristol next summer.

We encourage the application of early career scholars from diverse backgrounds in order for NEXTGATe to reflect the geographically dispersed and multifaceted nature of the environmental history field at large.

Depending on the strength of applications, up to two new NEXTGATe members will be selected by the selection committee. Successful candidates who fill their tenure with NEXTGATe receive a travel grant to participate in the 2022 ESEH Conference in Bristol.

How To Apply

To apply, please send the following documents to Noémi Ujházy ( &

  1. Curriculum Vitae;
  2. A short text describing the goals that you think NEXTGATe should tackle in 2021-2023 and how you could contribute to these activities (max. 500 words).

Application deadline: October 15, 2021.

Selection Committee

Noémi Ujházy (Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, Hungary)
Monique Palma (NOVA.ID., Portugal)
Elizabeth Hameeteman (Boston University, United States)
Roberta Biasillo (European University Institute, Italy)
George L. Vlachos (National Hellenic Research Foundation; National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)

NEXTGATe was created and initiated by the former president of the ESEH, Péter Szabó, in 2018. The first cohort consisted of Viktor Pál, Elena Kochetkova, Tayler Meredith, Simone Schleper, and Erin Spinney; the second cohort of Roberta Biasillo, Elizabeth Hameeteman, Monique Palma, Noémi Ujházy, and Adam Wickberg.