Roberts Fellowship

The Dwight D. Eisenhower/Clifford Roberts
Graduate Fellowship Program

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. Please note: The password to access the form will be distributed to university offices in Fall 2018.

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 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 22, 2019. The Grants Committee of the Eisenhower Institute will then conduct its review and selection procedures. Notifications of fellowships granted for the 2019-2020 program will be sent to the appropriate universities after Friday, May 3, 2019.