Doctoral Colloquium 2021: Virtual Meeting

As a result of the digital reconfiguration of the BHC annual meeting, the 2021 BHC Doctoral Colloquium in Business History will be held later in spring 2021. This prestigious workshop, funded by Cambridge University Press, will most likely also take place on a remote basis, over two days in either late May or early June.  We may spread the sessions out even more this year, given the likely need for digital interaction.

Typically limited to ten students, the colloquium is open to early stage doctoral candidates pursuing dissertation research within the broad field of business history, from any relevant discipline. Topics (see for past examples) may range from the early modern era to the present and explore societies across the globe. Participants work intensively with a distinguished group of BHC-affiliated scholars (including at least two BHC officers), discussing dissertation proposals, relevant literatures and research strategies, and career trajectories.

 Typically, participants receive partial stipends to defray the costs of travel to the annual meeting.  For 2021 participants, BHC will provide a partial stipend to defray travel costs to the next in-person annual meeting.  The application cycle will be later than usual this year, with applications due by 15 January 2021 via email to and should include: a statement of interest; CV; preliminary or final dissertation prospectus (10-15 pages); and a letter of support from your dissertation supervisor (or prospective supervisor). Questions about the colloquium should be sent to its director, Edward Balleisen, Applicants will receive notification of the selection committee’s decisions by 15 February 2021.

Colloquium Participants


Edward Balleisen

Duke University