Miller Center

Miller Center National Fellowship

The Miller Center Fellowship program funds scholars completing dissertations that employ history to shed light on American politics and public policy, foreign relations and the impact of global affairs on the United States, media and politics, and the role of the presidency in shaping American political development.  The program provides up to eight $22,000 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 from their field to serve as fellowship "mentor." This mentor will suggest relevant literature to frame the project, read the fellow's work, and give general advice on research.

We are excited to announce the 2014-15 Miller Center Fellows! Click here to read more.

Click here for more information about applying for a Fellowship, or here for links to past Miller Center National Fellowship Conferences.

Meet the Fellows

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Fellowship Conferences

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Applying for a Fellowship

Requirements: An applicant must be a Ph.D. candidate who is expecting to complete his or her dissertation by the conclusion of the fellowship year. This is not a post-doctoral fellowship. The fellowship is open to non-U.S. citizens.

In addition to general fellowships supporting work in the areas detailed above, the Miller Center is pleased to offer, for the 2014-2015 academic year, the Ambrose Monell Foundation Funded Fellowship in Technology and Democracy.  The Monell will fund a graduate student whose work is centered at the crosscurrents of technology and democracy, perhaps addressing public affairs and policy issues such as energy, transportation, health care, the environment, new media, information technology, or urban planning.

To be considered for Ambrose Monell Foundation Funded Fellowship in Technology and Democracy, please indicate your interest in your application's project description.

Each fellow is required to participate in two conferences – one in the fall and the other in May of the fellowship year. These conferences provide a forum for presenting fellows' research and findings to the scholarly community at the Miller Center and the University of Virginia. The May conference will bring the Fellows, their Mentors, and the Miller Center and U.Va. community together to critique the Fellows' dissertation work.

Residence at the Miller Center is strongly encouraged.  Fellows who choose to be in residence will receive a small additional stipend comparable to the costs associated with fellows' travel to and lodging during the biannual conferences.  All fellows are expected to participate in and contribute to the intellectual discourse at the Miller Center.

The Fellowship application is currently closed.

The application consists of the following materials within the requesting word or page limits: 1) applicant information sheet, 2) project description (1,200 words), 3) op-ed proposal (300 words), 4) bibliography (5 pages), 5) curriculum vitae (2 pages), 6) writing sample, and 7) TWO letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation may be e-mailed to the Fellowship review board (, or mailed separately to:

Miller Center National Fellowship Program
U.Va.Miller Center
2201 Old Ivy Rd
P.O. Box 400406
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4406

Applications must be received by February 1st, 2014.  Applicants will be notified of the selection committee's decision by April 1, 2014.