Graduate Research Fellowship Application Information

Application Information for 2019-20

The Wayne Morse Graduate Research Fellows program was established in 2015 to support graduate student research on the Wayne Morse Center’s theme of inquiry. Proposals are also welcome on significant political and policy issues in the United States at the national, state, and local levels, as well as global affairs. Research on Wayne Morse as part of the Wayne Morse Monograph series is another option.

The $3,000 award will be given to three University of Oregon graduate students each year. Applications are due on Monday, January 7, 2019 by 5 pm. The awards are for academic year 2019-20.

Theme of Inquiry
The Wayne Morse Center theme of inquiry for 2019-2021 will be Science, Policy, and the Public. In academic year 2019-20, we will focus on Environmental Disasters and Resilience with an all-hazards emphasis on Oregon.

Priority focus areas for 2019-20 include:

  • Decision-Making Through a Resilience Lens
  • The Public Life of Science and the Public Roles of Scientists
  • Unequal Vulnerabilities
  • On-the-Ground Action

Program for Democratic Engagement and Governance
This ongoing 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. It includes the Wayne Morse Center’s Public Affairs Speaker Series, the Migration Project, and other initiatives. Graduate Research Fellowshipo proposals related to the Program for Democratic Engagement and Governance should address one of the following research priorities:

  • The politics of international migration
  • Partisan and ideological polarization in American political life
  • Criminal justice reform
  • Income inequality
  • Climate change
  • International migration
  • Campaign-finance reform
  • Civil liberties and civil rights
  • Religion and American public life

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.

Eligibility
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. Applicants must be students during the fellowship year.

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

Deadline
 
Applications are due on Monday, January 7, 2019 by 5 pm. 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, eherman@uoregon.edu