The National Fellowship Program supports outstanding scholars at top institutions across the country who are completing dissertations in American history, politics, public policy and foreign relations. National Fellows have the opportunity to connect with and be a part of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation’s interdisciplinary community of world-class Scholars and Fellows at the University of Virginia.
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 (with the exception of the Charles W. McCurdy Fellow in Legal History, who receives a stipend of $32,000)
- 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.
Note: Residency at the Hagley Library is required for the Jefferson Scholars/Hagley Library Dissertation Fellowship in Business and Politics and residency at U.Va.’s School of Law is required for the Charles W. McCurdy Fellowship in Legal History. Residency at the Jefferson Scholars Foundation is encouraged for all other Fellowships, but not required.