NCLC Graduate Research Fellowships

The National Churchill Leadership Center (NCLC) supports the annual NCLC Graduate Research Fellowship Program. This fellowship provides $7,500 awards for short-term research projects focused on topics of relevance to Winston Churchill’s example of global leadership. Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are now closed. 

Grants will enable recipients to travel to special collections and archives around the globe in support of their research. 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 projects should be in the form of a written report, multimedia creation, or data visualization.

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
  • Political Science
  • Business
  • Sociology
  • Data Science
  • International Education
  • Public Health
  • Women’s Studies

Interested applicants are invited to discuss potential projects with NCLC staff. Please submit questions to Justin Reash.


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

Completion Requirements

  • Completed research or project presentation 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 Leadership Center
  • Awardees will be given the opportunity to submit a short article for the monthly Churchill Bulletin which is sent to over 70,000 subscribers by the International Churchill Society


All applications will be reviewed by a committee 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 travel and/or research-related materials. 

Application Materials

Applications are closed for the 2021 academic year. Please check back in 2022 for information on the next round of fellowships.

  • Statement of Interest introducing yourself and explaining your interest in global leadership and how it relates to the example set by 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 Justin Reash. One letter must be from a faculty advisor.