The Hoover Institution National Fellows Program allows outstanding scholars from colleges, universities and institutions around the world to be freed from academic and professional responsibilities to devote one year to unrestricted, creative research and publication. National Fellows Program fellowships provide scholars the opportunity to complete an original significant research project with the expectation of generating a publishable manuscript while in residence at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, Stanford, California.
Two unique resources frame the Hoover Institution National Fellows program:
- The Hoover Library and Archives affords Fellows access to the richest private archive collections in the United States. With nearly one million volumes and more than six thousand archival collections from 171 countries, the Hoover Library and Archives is a national and international center for primary-source documentation and research on problems of political, economic, and social change.
- National Fellows are able to draw on the experience of outstanding resident scholars at the Hoover Institution and Stanford University. World renowned resident fellows and university faculty are available to discuss research topics and provide insight into nuanced policy issues and strategic challenges.
National Fellows Program fellowships are awarded annually. Participation in the program begins September 1 and ends August 31 of the following year. National Fellows are encouraged to engage in the intellectual life of the Hoover Institution and are expected to make at least one presentation on their research before an appropriate group of scholars during the year in residence.
The Hoover Institution National Fellows program is under the direction of a Hoover Senior Fellow who acts as Chair of the selection committee. The selection committee is made up of Hoover Senior Fellows and distinguished scholars from Stanford University. The committee selects program participants and makes recommendations to the program chair who, after a thorough review, coordinates with the Director of the Hoover Institution regarding each year’s participants.
Application to the program requires the submission of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research proposal and recommendations from leading scholars. Research topics vary widely, are often policy focused and span a variety of fields including, but not limited to, economics, international relations, diplomacy, history, law, political philosophy, security, privacy and political science.
Qualified candidates should hold a Ph.D. degree or its equivalent, have an established publication record, and hold promise as a productive scholar. Candidates are generally five (5) to ten (10) years beyond their penultimate degree and resume pre-existing full-time appointments at highly regarded institutions or universities upon completion of the National Fellows program. Hoover National Fellows receive financial support with program admission need-blind, that is, applicants are judged solely on their merits irrespective of pre-existing support.
To apply candidates are expected to provide the following materials:
- Cover letter
- Curriculum vitae
- Three (3) to five (5) page research proposal
- Three (3) to five (5) confidential letters of recommendation
All materials must submitted electronically at Academic Jobs Online by January 31. The application link will be posted on this website by December 1, 2016. To apply, click here and under the section on the left “Login to AcademicJobsOnline” select “…as Job applicant” and follow the registration steps. Notifications of acceptance should be received by email in the March time frame.
The Hoover Institution is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its organization. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women and members of minority groups, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the Institute’s research mission.
There are no citizenship requirements for these fellowships; non-U.S. nationals are welcome to apply.
Should you have questions, please direct them to Deborah Ventura at dventura [at] stanford [dot] edu.