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Truman Library Institute Grants Scholar’s Award to Nathan Citino | April 30, 2020

$30,000 Grant Given to Further Research of the Truman Era

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Truman Library Institute has awarded the $30,000 Scholar’s Award to Nathan Citino, a Professor of History at Rice University. The award is presented to support the writing of Citino’s book The Forever Empire: The Foundations and Longevity of American Power in the Middle East.

Dr. Citino’s research examines the foundations of U.S. involvement in the Middle East and how the nation remains entangled with the region today. He began his research at the Truman Library in 2019, and this grant will allow him to return to Independence to continue his research for this project.

The Scholar’s Award is given biennially to a post-doctoral scholar engaged in work focused on the life and career of Harry S. Truman or on the public and foreign policy issues which were prominent during the Truman years. Grants of up to $30,000 are awarded with the intention to free a scholar from teaching or other employment to allow for progress on the writing of a major book.

“The Truman Library Institute’s Grants Committee was impressed with Dr. Citino’s work and is pleased to award him with the Scholar’s Award,” said Dr. Kari Frederickson, professor of history at the University of Alabama and chair of the Truman Library Institute’s Grants Committee. “We look forward to learning from his research and how it relates to Truman’s presidency.”

The Truman Library Institute has awarded more than $3.2 million in research grants since the Truman Library first opened its Research Room in 1959. These grants, awards and fellowships provide assistance to emerging and established scholars whose contributions illuminate the critical issues of Truman’s presidency and legacy.

“The Scholar’s Award is a terrific honor and opportunity,” Dr. Citino said. “It will enable me to use the Truman Library’s rich resources to study the history and long-term implications of U.S. policies in the Middle East.”

Applications are currently open for the research grant program, which awards grants of up to $2,500 twice annually to offset the cost of researching at the Truman Library. Applications are due July 1 and can be found at


Lacey Helmig, Director of Communications

The Truman Library Institute is the member-supported, nonprofit partner of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, one of 14 presidential libraries of the National Archives and Records Administration. The Truman Library Institute draws on President Truman’s legacy to enrich public understanding of history, the presidency, and America’s unique form of government. This mission is achieved through the development and funding of world-class museum exhibits, a robust international research grant program, public forums, and nationally acclaimed education programs serving more than 50,000 students and teachers each year. Learn more at