2020 Jefferson Scholars Foundation National Fellowship
Deadline: February 1, 2020.
The Jefferson Scholars Foundation encourages applicants from a broad range of disciplines, including, but not limited to, history, political science, policy studies, law, political economy, communications and media, and sociology. Applicants will be judged on the quality of their scholarship and on their potential to shed new light upon contemporary developments in American politics, foreign policy, and America and the World.
1. An applicant must be a Ph.D. candidate who is expecting to complete his or her dissertation by the conclusion of the Fellowship year. This is not a post-doctoral fellowship.
2. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply.
3. Each Fellow is required to participate in two conferences, one in the fall and one in the spring.
Under the leadership of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, the National Fellowship Program:
- Funds up to eight National Fellows per year to support one year of dissertation research and writing.
- Awards each Fellow a stipend of $25,000
- Pairs each Fellow with a renowned senior scholar in his or her field. These senior scholars serve as mentors, suggesting relevant literature to frame the Fellows’ work, offering critique of the Fellows’ writings, and providing general advice on research.
- Provides Fellows with training in public engagement, from crafting op-eds and posting blogs to expressing their ideas through techniques employed by the digital humanities.
- Hosts two annual conferences that frame the year of Fellowship, one in the fall and the second in the spring. Both conferences are held at the Jefferson Scholars Foundation and provide an opportunity for Fellows to present their scholarship and receive feedback. All mentors attend the spring conference and comment on the Fellows’ work.
The application consists of the following materials and must conform with the stated word or page limits:
- Applicant information sheet
- Project description (1,200 words) – describe your dissertation or book, state the thesis, explain how it contributes to or revises existing scholarship, and how or why you decided on this particular topic
- Op-ed or blog post (750 words) – a published or sample op-ed (like those featured in the New York Times) or a published or sample blog post (like those appearing on Slate.com) that applies a major finding from your research to a current public policy problem
- Bibliography (3 pages)
- Curriculum vitae (2 pages)
- Writing sample (40 pages maximum) – selected sample should consist of one chapter from your dissertation with a one-page introduction that situates the chapter in the broader project OR an accepted/published journal article
- TWO letters of recommendation (one of which must be from your advisor). Letters of recommendation are initiated through the application process or may be sent to the Selection Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.