The Jefferson Scholars Foundation is pleased to announce that the National Fellowship Program, created 16 years ago by Brian Balogh, the Dorothy Danforth Compton Professor of History at U.Va, will fall under the Foundation’s leadership beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year. National Fellowships support outstanding scholars at top institutions across the country who are completing dissertations in American history, politics, public policy and foreign relations. The Foundation is eager to welcome the National Fellows into its community of Jefferson Scholars and Fellows, and plans to leverage the interdisciplinary vibrancy of its existing programs to provide opportunities for National Fellows to engage with other world-class scholars at the University of Virginia.

Under the leadership of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, the National Fellowship Program will:

  • Fund up to eight National Fellows per year to support one year of dissertation research and writing.
  • Award each Fellow a stipend of $25,000.
  • Pair each Fellow with a renowned senior scholar in his or her field. These senior scholars will serve as mentors, suggesting relevant literature to frame the Fellows’ work, offering critique of the Fellows’ writings, and providing general advice on research.
  • Provide Fellows with training in public engagement, from crafting op-eds and posting blogs to expressing their ideas through techniques employed by the digital humanities.
  • Host two annual conferences that frame the year of Fellowship, one in the fall and the second in the spring. Both conferences will be held at the Jefferson Scholars Foundation and will provide an opportunity for Fellows to present their scholarship and receive feedback. All mentors attend the spring conference and comment on the Fellows’ work.

Note: Residency at the Hagley Library is required for the Jefferson Scholars/Hagley Library Dissertation Fellowship in Business and Politics. Residency at the Jefferson Scholars Foundation is encouraged for all other Fellowships, but not required.

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