Center Announces National Fellowship Program In Politics
Sept. 30, 1999 -- In an effort to promote
and disseminate scholarship in contemporary politics, public policy
and political history, the University of Virginia's Miller Center
of Public Affairs will sponsor a new national fellowship program,
the Miller Center Fellowships in Contemporary Politics, Policy and
Miller Center will fund up to 10 fellowships per year for Ph.D.
candidates and other scholars from around the country who are completing
dissertations or books on 20th-century U.S. politics
and governance. The center encourages applicants from a broad range
of disciplines, including, but not limited to history, political
science, policy studies, law, political economy and sociology, said
Philip Zelikow, the centers director. "The fellowships
are excellent opportunities for new scholars who are making significant
contributions to their field and can contribute to the intellectual
life of the center and the University community as well," he said.
fellowships will be funded in part by the Thompson Fund, established
in honor of professor Kenneth W. Thompson, former director of the
Miller Center, to promote scholarship in public policy.
will include a stipend of up to $15,000 to support one year of research
and writing. Fellows are expected to complete their dissertation
or book during the fellowship year. Residence is encouraged, but
is not required.
fellowships will go to scholars doing influential new work, said
Melvyn P. Leffler, U.Va. Dean of Arts and Sciences. "The University
of Virginia wants to be at the cutting edge of scholarship dealing
with contemporary politics and public policy," he said.
are expected to participate in a special annual conference during
their fellowship. The first will be in the spring of 2001. The conferences
will provide a forum for presenting research and findings to the
scholarly community. Fellows will also be asked to present their
scholarship to a broader audience by distilling some of their research
into an op-ed piece or short journal article, or by engaging the
electronic media, said Brian Balogh, director of the fellowship
program and associate professor of history. "The Miller Center
hopes to nurture some of the nation's most promising students of
politics," he said.
will be judged on their scholarly quality and on their potential
to shed new light upon important public policy questions. Applications
and other information may be obtained from the Miller Center website
at http://www.virginia.edu/~miller or by writing to the Miller
Center at P.O. Box 5106, Charlottesville, VA 22905. Applications
are due by February 1, 2000. Decisions will be announced by April
Miller Center of Public Affairs is a nonpartisan research institute
recognized worldwide for its studies of the national policymaking
process and the American presidency.
Margaret Edwards, (804) 924-7236