Miller Center

Miller Center National Fellowship


About the Fellowship Program

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. In academic year 2015-2016 the program will fund up to ten fellowships to support one year of dissertation research and writing.  Each fellow, with the exception of the Charles W. McCurdy Legal History Fellow, will receive a stipend of $24,000. (The McCurdy Fellow will receive a stipend of $32,000).

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. Fellows are also trained in bringing their scholarship to bear on public debates and formally present their scholarly work. Fellows attend the annual spring fellowship conference at the Miller Center which brings the fellows, their mentors, and the Miller Center and U.Va. community together to critique the fellows' dissertation work.

Since 2000, the Miller Center National Fellowship program has helped launch the careers of more than 134 scholars. Eighty former fellows now teach at major universities, with seventy of them holding tenure or tenure-track positions. Fellows have published 50 books with major presses, and they regularly place op-eds related to their research in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and other media. 

Designated Fellowships

The Miller Center is pleased to offer three designated fellowships for the 2015-2016 academic year: the Charles W. McCurdy Fellowship in Legal History, the Miller Center/Hagley Library Fellowship in Business and and Politics, and the Ambrose Monell Foundation Funded Fellowship in Technology and Democracy. Click here to read more or here to support the Fellowships with a contribution.

Apply 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.

Residence at the Miller Center is strongly encouraged but not required for all fellows, with the exception of the McCurdy and Business and Politics Fellowships (see details on residency for these here). 

Materials: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

Timetable: The Fellowship application is currently closed. It will open in early November, with an application deadline of February 2nd, 2015. Applications must be received by February 2nd, 2015.  Applicants will be notified of the selection committee's decision in early March.

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Meet the Miller Center Fellows

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

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