Roberts Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The Clifford Roberts Graduate Fellowship is a $10,000 award that supports research dealing with the role of government in a free society, public service, public policy, and improved understanding of America's role in world affairs. The Institute offers this fellowship to encourage and assist promising individuals to pursue studies and research in fields such as history, government, economics, business administration, and international affairs. This fellowship continues President Eisenhower's goal to strengthen public awareness and understanding of the greatest problems of our time, to develop informed leaders and allow people to participate more effectively in a free society. 

The fellowship is named for Clifford Roberts, an American investment dealer, professional golf administrator and friend of President Eisenhower. Mr. Roberts co-founded the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia and served as its chairman for 45 years. He was founding Chairman of the Masters Tournament. 


Candidates should be established graduate students who have completed their coursework for a doctoral degree and are at the point of preparing for their doctoral dissertations. The review committee seeks candidates with proven capacity to make an effective contribution in their chosen career. Candidates must attend 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.


Participating universities noted above will share this opportunity with eligible students. Each university will screen applicants through its own internal review procedures and nominate no more than two highly qualified candidates to The Eisenhower Institute for consideration. Universities may choose to rank applications. 

For nomination questions or the form, please email

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 expected completion date (750 words or less)
  • A statement of the applicant’s career aspirations, with a focus on connecting research to professional/volunteer experience and/or career aspirations and applications outside academia (750 words or less)
  • A statement describing how the applicant will use funding (at least 50% should be used for research-related activities) 
  • A 1-2 page writing sample on a topic related to the dissertation
  • Two letters of recommendation - one must be from the applicant's doctoral advisor. 


Applications must be received no later than the close of business on Friday, March 15, 2024. Notifications of fellowships granted for the 2024-2025 program will be sent by June 1, 2024.

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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