Dissertation Year Fellowships

Dissertation Year Fellowships are intended to encourage historical scholarship of the public career of Harry S. Truman or the Truman era. This fellowship is intended to free a doctoral student from teaching or other employment to facilitate completion of his or her dissertation. Preference will be given to projects based on extensive research at the Truman Library, but since the research is presumed to be complete, there is no requirement of residence at the Library during the fellowship year.

A maximum of two $20,000 grants are given annually; awards are payable to the student in two installments, September and January. Completed applications should be submitted to the Committee no later than February 1. The Committee’s funding decision will be announced by the first week of April. The Committee reserves the right to withhold the making of any award if the quality of the applications does not justify it.


Application Package

  • Completed Dissertation Year Fellowship Application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Dissertation prospectus or introduction which explains the project’s significance within the larger historiographical context (10 pages maximum; double spaced, 12-point font)
  • Project schedule with completion date
  • A policy statement from the dean or department chair stating (in the event an award is made) the university’s intent to not deduct student fees, tuition and health insurance premiums from the Truman Library Institute’s $20,000 fellowship but ensure, nonetheless, that they are provided to the award winner.
  • Two letters of reference from persons familiar with the applicant’s doctoral work (one must be from the candidate’s dissertation advisor). Letters must be received by the deadline and mailed or emailed directly to the Grants Administrator by the referring individual.


Dissertation Year Fellowship Application


Lisa Sullivan
Grants Administrator
Truman Library Institute
5151 Troost Avenue, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64110

Phone | 816.400.1216
Fax | 816.400.1213
Email | Lisa.Sullivan@TrumanLibraryInstitute.org