Roberts Fellowship

About the Eisenhower Institute

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.

Applicants are selected on merit and must be receiving their graduate degree from one of the following institutions: Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University, Princeton University, Stanford University, Tufts University (The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy), University of Chicago, University of Kansas, University of Texas at Austin, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, or Washington University at St. Louis.

All students in good academic standing (from the aforementioned universities) 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.


The participating universities (noted above) will advertise and make known that the Dwight D.Eisenhower/Clifford Roberts Graduate Fellowship program is available to their students. Each university will screen, through its own internal review procedures, its applicants and nominate no more than two highly qualified applicants to The Eisenhower Institute for consideration of a fellowship award. Each university has the option to rank applications if it so chooses.

Each institution will nominate candidates using The Eisenhower Institute's online nomination form

Each application must include:

  • The applicant’s curriculum vitae
  • The applicant's unofficial transcript
  • 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, with a focus on connecting research to professional/volunteer experience and/or career aspirations and applications outside academia
  • A statement describing how the applicant will use the funding (statement should outline how at least 50% of funding will be used for research-related activities, not living or general educational expenses) 
  • 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 not be seen by the applicants.
  • Such other information as the participating university may require, such as academic transcripts


Applications must be received via the online form system no later than the close of business on Friday, March 17, 2023. The Eisenhower Institute's designated selection committee will then conduct its review and selection procedures. Notifications of fellowships granted for the 2022-2023 program will be sent to the appropriate universities after Friday, May 5, 2023.

Funding and Reporting Requirements

Each fellowship award is for a stipend of $10,000 which will be paid to the universities, half in September and the remainder in January the year it is awarded. Each university may make its own arrangements for disbursing the funds to the Fellows. The Institute requires a brief progress report from the Fellows doctoral advisor no later than November 15 in order for the second half of the stipend to be paid.


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

2023-2024 Recipients


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