Library of Congress Article One Fellowship
About the Fellowship
The strength of the American federal system is dependent on the vitality of the first branch, the U.S. Congress. In an effort to support scholarship on Congress’s role in the system, the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress invites qualified scholars to apply for a post-doctoral fellowship to support research on key topics, including: the separation of powers, the role of constituent voice in policymaking, diversity and representation in the legislative branch, and institutional reforms to increase congressional capacity.
This fellowship is made possible by generous support from the Democracy Fund.
Scholars who have received a terminal advanced degree within the past seven years in the humanities, social sciences, or in a professional field such as law are eligible. Scholars who have not yet completed their dissertation are also eligible, provided they have received the PhD before the fellowship appointment begins. Applicants may be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals. While awards will be made this fiscal year, awardees may complete their fellowships during any time from Fall 2021 through 2022.
The Kluge Center at the Library of Congress will promote and advertise the Fellow position in a wide range of appropriate venues such that potential applicants will learn about this opportunity.
- A completed application form, in English
- A curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages; additional pages will be discarded)
- A single paragraph abstract
- A statement of proposed research (maximum 3 pages)
- An explanation of why the Library of Congress is the appropriate venue for the research (maximum 1 paragraph)
- A bibliography of works consulted for your proposal (maximum 3 pages)
- Three completed reference forms from people who have read the research proposal. These references may not be from a staff member of the Library of Congress.
Two Library of Congress Article One Fellowships will be awarded in FY 2021. The Kluge Center will assemble a panel of leading experts on congressional capacity to assess applications and aid in the selection process.
Scholars who have received a terminal advanced degree within the past seven years in the humanities, social sciences, or in a professional field such as law are eligible. Applicants may be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals.
Tenure & Stipend
Fellowships are tenable for periods from six to eight months at a stipend of $5,000 per month for residential research at the Library of Congress. Fellows may be given residence at any time during the 18-month window after the fellowship letter is received. Stipends will be paid monthly by the Library of Congress by means of electronic transfer to a U.S. bank account.
For More Information
The John W. Kluge Center
Phone: (202) 707-3302