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Press Release
March 31, 2011

The National Archives Announces New Research Fellowship for 2011

Washington, DC…Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero announced today the creation of a National Archives Legislative Archives Fellowship to begin in July, 2011. The total stipend for the Fellowship is $10,000. Funding for this Fellowship is provided by the Foundation for the National Archives

Applications will be accepted by email until midnight EDT May 31, 2011, at legislative.archives@nara.gov. The minimum tenure in residency at the National Archives is one month.

Scope: Research proposals will be considered on any topic that uses the historical records of Congress housed in the National Archives Center for Legislative Archives [http://www.archives.gov/legislative/]. The records of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives support a wide range of topics including immigration policy, committee histories, environmental policy, Congressional investigations, and many issues expressed in eighteenth and nineteenth century petitions to Congress. The Fellow will be supported by the Center for Legislative Archives staff, and will have the opportunity to consult with the House and Senate history offices.

Criteria: The National Archives is looking for Ph.D. candidates who have advanced to candidacy and have an approved dissertation proposal at the time of application or individuals who received their Ph.D. within the last five years. Proposals should be no longer than four single spaced pages and be accompanied by two letters of recommendation. The proposal should include a publication plan that demonstrates the significance of the proposed research in the field.

The Fellow will be expected to make an initial presentation to National Archives staff and local historians concerning the proposed plan of work, and a second presentation on research findings in the first quarter of 2012. Candidates are encouraged to consult with the Center for Legislative Archives staff in developing their proposal at legislative.archives@nara.gov. Please put “Fellowship Inquiry” in the subject line.

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For press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at 202-357-5300.

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