The Jefferson Scholars Foundation will award National Fellowships to outstanding scholars at top institutions across the country who are completing dissertations in American history, politics, public policy and foreign relations. In addition, the Foundation is pleased to offer the following two designated National Fellowships for the 2017-2018 academic year. To be considered for either of the designated Fellowships, please indicate your interest in your application.

Charles W. McCurdy Fellowship in Legal History

During a 40-year career in the Corcoran Department of History and the School of Law, Charles W. McCurdy has been the intellectual and pedagogical heart of legal history at the University of Virginia. His scholarship earned him the 2003 Order of the Coif Triennial Book Award for The Anti-Rent Era in New York Law and Politics, 1839-1865. His teaching has earned him not only official recognition but, more importantly, claim to having directed or advised more than 200 doctoral dissertations, master’s theses, and undergraduate theses. Generations of students have flourished in the rich legal history community McCurdy has nurtured at UVA. The McCurdy Fellowship will help sustain generations to come.

Offered through a partnership between the Jefferson Scholars Foundation and the School of Law, the yearlong Charles W. McCurdy Fellowship in Legal History allows scholars to complete dissertations in legal and political history while in residence at the U.Va. School of Law.

The McCurdy Fellow has a unique opportunity to benefit from synergies between the Law School and the larger University of Virginia community. Like other National Fellows, the McCurdy Fellow is paired with a senior scholar in the Fellow’s field who will serve as a mentor and provide critical guidance during the year. The Fellow also participates in the fall and spring conferences and receives training in public engagement.

During the Fellowship year, the McCurdy Fellow spends the majority of her or his time on dissertation research. The Law School’s nationally renowned Legal History Program — including a workshop, a writing group, a joint J.D.-M.A. in history program, and a robust community of interested scholars — offers the fellow a rich environment in which to grow as a scholar. The Fellow also helps coordinate the Legal History Workshop and has the opportunity to present their work there.

The Fellow receives a stipend of $32,000 for the year.

Jefferson Scholars/Hagley Library Dissertation Fellowship in Business and Politics

The Jefferson Scholars/Hagley Fellowship supports completion of exceptional dissertations for which the Hagley’s Library research materials constitute a significant source and that connect with the mission of the National Fellowship Program.

For many decades the Hagley Library has been the preeminent business history library in the United States, with over seven miles of manuscript materials, 300,000 published sources, and more than two million visual images. Many researchers have availed themselves of Hagley’s research grants to use its business and politics collections, including the archives of the National Association of Manufacturers, United States Chamber of Commerce, and National Foreign Trade Council. Hagley also sponsors significant scholarly programming, including seminars, conferences, and lectures pertaining to the relationship between business and politics. It is the administrative headquarters of the Business History Conference, the principal academic organization of business historians in the United States. More information on Hagley’s collections is available here.

Like other National Fellows, the Business and Politics Fellow is paired with a senior scholar in the fellow’s field who will serve as a mentor and provide critical guidance during the year. The Fellow also participates in the fall and spring conferences and receives training on how to reach broader audiences.

The Business and Politics Fellow is expected to be in residence at Hagley for the fall and spring academic year. While in residence, the Fellow will receive an office, stack access, inter-library loan privileges, internet access, the opportunity to present a paper in Hagley’s seminar series, and use of Hagley’s discounted scholar’s accommodations. 

The Fellow receives a stipend of $25,000 for the year.

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