31 March 2011

Foundation for the National Archives Announces 2011 Research Fellowship

The National Archives is accepting proposals for a research fellowship beginning in July 2011.  Applications will be accepted by email until EDT 31 May 2011 at [email protected].  The minimum tenure in residency at the National Archives is one month.

Scope:  Research proposals will be considered on any topic that uses the historical records of Congress housed in the National Archives’ Center for Legislative Archives.  The records of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives support a wide range of topics including immigration policy, committee histories, environmental policy, Congressional investigations, and many issues expressed in eighteenth and nineteenth century petitions to Congress.  The Fellow will be supported by the Center for Legislative Archives staff, and will have the opportunity to consult with the House and Senate history offices.

Criteria:  The National Archives is looking for Ph.D. candidates who have advanced to candidacy and have an approved dissertation proposal at the time of application or individuals who received their Ph.D. within the last five years.  Proposals should be no longer than four single spaced pages and be accompanied by two letters of recommendation.  The proposal should include a publication plan that demonstrates the significance of the proposed research in the field.

The Fellow will be expected to make an initial presentation to National Archives staff and local historians concerning the proposed plan of work and a second presentation on research findings in the first quarter of 2012.  Candidates are encouraged to consult with the Center for Legislative Archives staff in developing their proposal at [email protected].  Please put “Fellowship Inquiry” in the subject line.

Stipend:  The total stipend for the Fellowship is $10,000.

Funding for this Fellowship is provided by the Foundation for the National Archives

Selected List of Recent, Significant Publications based on research in Congressional holdings of the Center for Legislative Archives

  • Richard John, Spreading the News:  The American Postal System from Franklin to Morse. (1998)
  • Timothy N. Thurber, The Politics of Equality:  Hubert H. Humphrey and the African American Freedom Struggle. (1999)
  • Julian Zelizer, Taxing America:  Wilbur D. Mills, Congress, and the State, 1945-1975. (2000)
  • Nancy Young, Wright Patman:  Populism, Liberalism, and the American Dream. (2000)
  • Robert Caro, The Years of Lyndon Johnson. Volume 3:  Master of the Senate. (2002)
  • Garrison Nelson, Charles Stewart, and David Cannon, Committees in the U.S. Congress, 1789-1946.  (2002)
  • James C. Olson, Stuart Symington, A Life. (2003)
  • Julian Zelizer, On Capitol Hill:  The Struggle to Reform Congress and Its Consequences, 1948-2000. (2004)
  • Alisse Portnoy, Their Right to Speak:  Women’s Activism in the Indian and Slave Debates. (2005)
  • David Barrett, The CIA and Congress:  the Untold Story from Truman to Kennedy. (2005)
  • Paul Milazzo, Unlikely Environmentalists:  Congress and Clean Water, 1945-1972.  (2006)
  • Jeff Woods, Richard B. Russell:  Southern Nationalism and American Foreign Policy. (2007)
  • Sean Kelly and Scott Frisch, Cheese Factories on the Moon:  Why Earmarks Are Good for American Democracy. (2010)
  • Michael Perino, The Hellhound of Wall Street:  How Ferdinand Pecora’s Investigation of the Great Crash Forever Changed American Finance. (2010)

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