Graduate Research Fellowship Application Information

Application Information for Academic Year 2022-23

The Wayne Morse Graduate Research Fellow 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 Governance as well as research on Wayne Morse as part of the Wayne Morse Monograph series. The Graduate Research Fellow program replaces the Wayne Morse Center’s Dissertation Fellows program.

The $3,000 award will be given to three University of Oregon graduate students each year.

Research Priorities for 2022-23
Theme of Inquiry
The Wayne Morse Center theme for 2021-23 is “Making Work Work.” This theme explores the social and economic organization of work and its transformation, with a focus on vulnerable workers and an eye toward policy changes that better protect individuals and families. Areas of focus include:

  • Carework and the potential for building a care policy infrastructure
  • Protecting workers as businesses push toward gig work and on-demand scheduling
  • New directions for the labor movement, worker voice, and worker activism in unexpected places 

The Center aims to examine these and other questions through visiting scholars and activists, public events, and support for student and faculty research.

Program for Democratic Governance
This 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 Fellow 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 the Wayne Morse Center theme, public policy, 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 The letter from the faculty advisor may be emailed separately or as part of the main PDF.


Applications are due on Monday, January 3, 2022 at 5pm. Awards will be announced by mid-February 2022.

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,