The application period for academic year 2017-18 has ended. The application information below is for reference only. 

The Wayne Morse Graduate Research Fellows program was established in 2015 to support graduate student research on the Wayne Morse Center’s current theme of inquiry or the priorities of the center’s Program for Democratic Engagement and Governance as well as research on Wayne Morse as part of the Wayne Morse Monograph series. The Graduate Research Fellows program replaces the Wayne Morse Center’s Dissertation Fellows program.

The $1,000 award will be given to three University of Oregon students each year. Applications are due on Monday, January 9, 2017 by midnight. The awards are dispersed the following academic year.

Research Priorities for 2017-18

Theme of Inquiry—The Wayne Morse Center theme of inquiry for 2017-2019 is Borders, Migration and Belonging.

Program for Democratic Engagement and GovernanceThis program focuses on significant political and policy issues in the United States at the national, state, and local levels, as well as global affairs.  Research projects that examine important questions and challenges for American democracy and international relations are strongly encouraged. Possible topic areas include, but are not limited to, income inequality, immigration, religion, terrorism, civil liberties, campaign-finance reform, equal pay, reform of criminal justice, climate change, nuclear proliferation, and human rights.

The Wayne Morse Monograph Series— This series focuses on some aspect of the career of Senator Wayne Morse and the issues that concerned him. Topics could, for example, include his work on education, civil rights, foreign policy, or labor. Projects may also take up public issues that have emerged since Wayne Morse’s death in 1974 but that are in the Wayne Morse tradition.

The Wayne Morse Graduate Research Fellows program is open to all UO graduate students, in any discipline or profession. The award is intended to help with expenses for students writing masters theses or dissertations at the UO and to commission research on Wayne Morse.

Duties and Conditions

  1. Wayne Morse Graduate Research Fellows will conduct research related to public policy, the Wayne Morse Center theme, or Wayne Morse himself, and be interdisciplinary in nature.
  2. Wayne Morse Graduate Research Fellows will participate in the intellectual life of the Wayne Morse Center in appropriate and feasible ways. For example, fellows might give a paper at a seminar or Wayne Morse Center symposium or assist with hosting a visiting scholar.

Application Process
Applications must be written in language accessible to readers from several disciplines and must include the following:

  1. Application cover sheet, including abstract.
  2. A narrative description, not exceeding 600 words. Explain how the supported research fits with your thesis or dissertation research and/or could be part of the Wayne Morse Monograph series.
  3. Bibliography or citation list, as appropriate (one-page limit)
  4. Curriculum Vita (two-page limit)
  5. Letter of recommendation from your faculty advisor.

Email a single PDF document of items 1-4 above to Ellen Herman, Faculty Codirector, Wayne Morse Center at The letter from the faculty advisor may be emailed separately or as part of the main PDF.

: Applications are due on Monday, January 9, 2017. Awards will be announced by mid-February.

Selection Committee

The selection committee will be interdisciplinary and drawn from the following Wayne Morse Center positions and committees: the Faculty Codirector and Senior Scholar, advisory board, and the steering committee for the theme of inquiry.

Please direct questions to Ellen Herman, Wayne Morse Center Faculty Codirector, 541-346-3699 or