Overview

Scholars are invited to apply for the Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Research Fellowships. The fellowships are administered by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation from income provided by the Schlesinger Fund.

Schlesinger Fellowships carry a stipend of up to $5,000, which may be awarded to a single individual or divided between two recipients. The fellowships are intended to support scholars in the production of substantial works in either of the following areas: the foreign policy of the Kennedy Presidency, especially in the Western Hemisphere; or the Kennedy Administration's domestic policy, particularly with regard to racial justice or the conservation of natural resources. The successful candidate(s) will develop at least a portion of their original research using archival materials from the Kennedy Library.

The postmark deadline for applications is August 15. Awards will be announced on October 20. Applications may be submitted via mail or email (see contact information below). Applications received after the deadline will be considered for the next fellowship cycle.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Kennedy Library (see below) for information about its collections and holdings before applying.

To apply, please submit the following documentation: 1) an application form (pdf) accompanied by a brief proposal (three to four pages) in the form of a letter describing the planned research, its significance, the intended audience, and expected outcome; 2) two letters of recommendation from academic or other appropriate references; 3) a sample of your writing (approx. ten pages); 4) a project budget; and 5) a vita.

In your application, please indicate the collections you plan to use at the Kennedy Library and at other institutions. In addition, describe how the funds will be applied, other fellowships or grants that will support the project, and whether matching funds are available to you at your home institution or elsewhere. (Note: Preference is given to projects not supported by large grants from other institutions.) Finally, describe your qualifications and similar research projects that you have undertaken.

The estimated per diem cost of accommodations, meals, and incidentals for Boston is $225. 

For further information, please contact:

Fellowship Coordinator
John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
Columbia Point
Boston, MA 02125
Telephone: 617.514.1629
Fax: 617.514.1625
Email: Kennedy.Fellowships@nara.gov  
© The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

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