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National Churchill Library and Center Graduate Research Fellowships



The National Churchill Library and Center at The George Washington University is pleased to invite applications to the inaugural National Churchill Library and Center Research Graduate Fellowship Program for the 2019-2020 academic year. This provides $7,500 awards for short-term research projects focused on topics of relevance to Winston Churchill’s example of global leadership.


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Grants will enable recipients to travel to special collections and archives around the globe in support of their research. For those researchers wishing to work in DC, study space is available at the NCLC. Preference will be given to projects that emphasize the relevance of Churchill’s leadership to current affairs. A review committee will award grants based on the merits and significance of the project and its relevance to the mission of the NCLC.


Fellowship Details

We welcome applications from a broad range of academic disciplines, including but not limited to:

  • History

  • International Relations

  • Economics

  • World Affairs

  • Public Policy

Interested applicants are invited to discuss potential projects with NCLC staff. Please submit questions to nclc@gwu.edu.


  • Applicants must be graduate students (GW and non-GW applicants welcome) currently enrolled in either a master’s or a doctoral program

Completion Requirements

  • A summary of research or project report must be submitted upon completion of the fellowship

  • Awardees are expected to present their work at the end of the fellowship in a public event at the National Churchill Library and Center

  • Awardees will be given the opportunity to submit a short article for the monthly Churchill Bulletin which is sent to over 10,000 subscribers by the International Churchill Society


All applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of GW librarians, faculty and International Churchill Society advisors. Awards will be distributed in two payments, at the start and completion of the fellowship. Funds can be used to support housing, travel and/or research-related materials. 

Application Materials

To be considered, applications must be received by Thursday, August 1, 2019

  • Statement of Interest introducing yourself and explaining your interest in Winston Churchill (250 words max).
  • Project proposal outlining your scope of research and how you would utilize the fellowship funding (500 words max).
  • CV or resume
  • Two letters of recommendation, sent directly by the recommenders to nclc@gwu.edu. One letter must be from a faculty advisor.
  • View the application.

GW and the NCLC

The George Washington University (GW), an independent academic institution chartered by the Congress of the United States in 1821, aspires to preeminence as a comprehensive, global research university. The university values a dynamic, student-focused community stimulated by cultural and intellectual diversity and built upon a foundation of integrity, creativity, and openness to the exploration of new ideas. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, the university commits itself to excellence in the creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge. To promote the process of lifelong learning from both global and integrative perspectives, GW provides a stimulating intellectual environment for its diverse students and faculty. By fostering excellence in teaching, the university offers outstanding learning experiences to its 27,000 students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in Washington, DC, the nation, and abroad. The university acts as a catalyst for creativity in the arts, the sciences, and the professions by encouraging interaction among its students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the communities it serves. nclc

The National Churchill Library and Center opened its doors at The George Washington University in 2016, in partnership with the International Churchill Society. Housed on the first floor of the Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library, this is the first major research facility in the nation’s capital dedicated to the study of Winston Churchill. Winston Churchill’s leadership during the greatest crises of the twentieth century provides inspiration and instruction to leaders in every field of endeavor. The Center, through its collections, interdisciplinary academic programs, and educational exhibits, offers GW students, faculty, researchers, and the public the opportunity to examine the life and legacy of Churchill.

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