Miller Center

Miller Center National Fellowship

The Miller Center Fellowship program is a competitive program for individuals completing their dissertations on American politics, foreign policy and world politics, or the impact of global affairs on the United States. The program provides up to eight $20,000 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. Click here for more information about applying for a Fellowship, or here for links to past Miller Center National Fellowship Conferences.

Meet the Current Fellows (2010-2011)

Francesca Ammon

Sarah S. Bush

Merlin Chowkwanyun

Kyle M. Lascurettes

Quinn Mulroy

Jonathan Renshon

Katherine Unterman

James G. Wilson

Former Fellows: 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000

Meet the Current Mentors

Fellowship Conferences: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 

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.

Residence is strongly encouraged but is not required. All fellows are expected to participate in and contribute to the intellectual discourse at the Center. Each fellow is also expected to participate in two conferences – one in the fall and the other in May of the fellowship year. These conferences will provide a forum for presenting 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.

The application period for the 2011-2012 Miller Center Fellowship is now 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 , or mailed separately to:

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

Further instructions are included in the online application, which will next go live in mid-November 2011. Applications for the 2012-2013 Fellowships will be due February 1, 2012. Applicants will be notified of the selection committee's decision in April 2012.

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