Dwight Eisenhower/Clifford Roberts Graduate Fellowship

This application is currently open | Deadline to apply: Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CDT.

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 dedicating 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. Through independent and collaborative programs, the Eisenhower Institute pursues this mission through: education; publications; conferences; scholarships; public policy studies; and recognition of the leadership contributions of individuals and organizations engaged in works carrying out the Eisenhower legacy.


Applicants should be at an advanced stage of their doctoral candidacies, preferably at the point of preparing their dissertations. The Institute will consider, on written university recommendation in unique circumstances, applications of less advanced graduate students or of persons who have recently earned their doctorates and wish to pursue studies in the Institute's field of interest.

All students in good academic standing are eligible to apply, regardless of U.S. citizenship or residency. 

Research Subject Parameters

The Eisenhower Institute seeks to support study and education dealing with the role of government in a free society, citizen public service, public policy, and improved understanding of America's role in world affairs. The Institute desires to encourage and assist promising individuals to pursue studies and research in fields such as: history, government, economics, business administration, and international affairs, so they may provide informed leadership in the conduct of our national life.


Students must apply using this online form (once application opens).

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 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.

All aplications will be reviewed by the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and two (2) applicants will be nominated to the Eisenhower Institute for the Fellowship nomination by Graduate Studies. The Grants Committee of the Eisenhower Institute Board of Directors will then conduct its review and selection procedures. 

Funding and Reporting Requirements

Each fellowship award is for a stipend of $10,000 which will be paid to the universities, half in August 2020 and the remainder in December 2020. Each university may make its own arrangements for disbursing the funds to the Fellows. The Institute requires a brief progress report from the Fellow's doctorial advisor during the fall semester in order for the second half of the stipend to be disbursed by the Institute.

Publications & Gettysburg Visit

The Institute requires receipt of the Fellow's dissertation once completed along with an acknowledgement of the Institute's support of the work. Also, Fellows will be asked to visit Gettysburg College in early 2021 for a presentation of their work.



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