Friday, November 13, 2009

2010-11 National Miller Center Fellowships

[A few years back, I had the pleasure of serving as a mentor to a Miller Center National Fellow. Here's the announcement for next year's Fellowship.]

The Governing America in a Global Era (GAGE) program at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs invites applications for the 2010-11 National Miller Center Fellowship. The Miller Center Fellowship is a competitive program for individuals completing their dissertations on American politics, foreign policy and world politics, or the impact of global affairs on the United States. The GAGE fellows represent a new cohort of academics who seek to address critical issues facing our nation by engaging a larger public in a discussion about patterns in American political development.

The fellowship provides up to eight $20,000 grants to support one year of research and writing. Along with the fellowship grant, the Miller Center assists the fellow in choosing a senior scholar as fellowship “mentor” to make suggestions on the literature in which the fellow should frame the project, read the fellow’s work, and give general advice on research.

The Miller Center also invites applications for the Wilson Carey McWilliams Fellowship. The McWilliams Fellowship supports a graduate student in political science or history whose dissertation combines the special blend of Political Theory and American Politics that characterized the late Wilson Carey McWilliams's extraordinary scholarship. The applicant must be a Ph.D. candidate who is expecting to complete his or her dissertation by the conclusion of the fellowship year. The McWilliams fellow will participate in the regular Miller Center Fellowship program and will also be paired with a fellowship “mentor.”

The Miller Center encourages applicants from a broad range of disciplines, including but not limited to history, political science, policy studies, law, political economy, and sociology. Applicants will be judged on their scholarly quality and on their potential to shed new light upon contemporary developments in American Politics, Foreign Policy, or World Politics.

Requirements: An applicant must be (1) a Ph.D. candidate expecting to complete his or her dissertation by the conclusion of the fellowship year, or (2) an independent scholar working on a book. This is not a post-doctoral fellowship.

Residence is strongly encouraged but not required. All fellows are expected to participate in and contribute to the intellectual discourse at the Center, as well as attend conferences in Fall 2010 and May 2011. These two conferences will provide a forum for presenting research and findings to the scholarly community at the Miller Center and the University of Virginia.

To Apply: Please complete our online application here. All applications must be submitted online by February 1, 2010. Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision in April 2010. Inquiries should be directed to Anne Mulligan at or 434-243-8726, or Bart Elmore at . Additional information is available here.

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