Dwight Eisenhower/Clifford Roberts Graduate Fellowship

The Eisenhower Institute has invited the University of Kansas to submit nominations for the Dwight Eisenhower/Clifford Roberts Graduate Fellowships. The Eisenhower Institute is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to perpetuating Dwight D. Eisenhower's legacy by fostering integrity and trust in the federal government, promoting broader understanding of democracy, and supporting leadership in public service.

Eisenhower Institute

Application Window: January 23 - February 17, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. CST.


Each nominee must be a graduate student currently enrolled in a Lawrence or Edwards Campus doctoral program and meeting the following eligibility requirements:

  • in good academic standing as determined by the Graduate Studies Policy on Good Academic Standing at the time of application,
  • continuing enrollment in their graduate program through the Fall 2023 semester and Spring 2024,
  • studying and conducting research in fields such as history, government, economics, business administration, international affairs, or others that deal with the role of government in a free society, citizen public service, public policy, and improved understanding of America's role in world affairs,
  • at an advanced stage of their doctoral candidacies, preferably at the point of preparing their dissertation.

Award Details

Each fellowship award is for a stipend of $10,000 which will be paid by the Eisenhower Institute to KU, half in September and the remainder in January within the year it is awarded. KU will work with awardees regarding the arrangements for disbursing the funds to the Fellows. The Institute requires a brief progress report from the Fellow's doctoral advisor no later than November 15 in order for the second half of the stipend to be disbursed by the Institute.

Application Process and Required Documents

Each application must include:

  • The applicant's curriculum vitae
  • A statement describing the nature and scope of the dissertation, including a timetable for its completion
  • A statement, not exceeding 1,000 words, of the applicant's career aspirations
  • A statement describing how the applicant will use the funding
  • A writing sample of 10-15 pages, preferably on a topic related to the dissertation
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the applicant's doctoral advisor.
    • These letters should be submitted via email to graduateawards@ku.edu and not seen by the applicants.
    • The letters must have been submitted prior to the student's application, as the form will require the student to confirm that this task has been completed.

All documents should be uploaded as PDFs in the application portal below.

All applications will be reviewed by the Office of Graduate Studies and two (2) applicants will be nominated to the Eisenhower Institute by Graduate Studies. The Eisenhower Institute's designated selection committee will then conduct its review and select the final awardees. Notifications of fellowships granted for the 2023-2024 program will be communicated in May 2023.

Additional Details for Award Winners

The Eisenhower Institute requires receipt of the Fellow's dissertation once completed along with an acknowledgement of the Institute's support of the work. 

Dwight Eisenhower/Clifford Roberts Graduate Fellowship Application Form

Application Window: January 23 - February 17, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. CST.