Silas Palmer established a special fund for students “whose studies involve a substantial use of library and archives materials located in the Hoover Institution” in 1960 to honor his late wife Olive Holbrook Palmer, who had a love of history.
The Palmers come from some of the “founding families” of the Bay Area, establishing their estate in Elmwood in Atherton. With no children of their own and hopes to support bright young people, they provided opportunities to fund students at Stanford, starting in the 1930s. Today, the Silas Palmer Fellowship is offered to both Stanford and non-Stanford students.
The Silas Palmer Fellowship provides an award of up to $5,000 to support research based on our collections. Recipients are expected to spend a minimum of ten days at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives directly accessing collection materials in the reading room, and complete their research and post-visit summary report within the one year of the cohort.
Awards will be announced in May 2024. Recipients are expected to complete their research and submit a report between June 1, 2024, and June 1, 2025. Recipients unable to complete their research during the timeframe must reapply.
Eligibility & How to Apply
Undergraduate and graduate students currently residing in the United States are eligible* to apply for the Silas Palmer Fellowship.
Applicants are encouraged to learn more about the many ways to search our rare and unique collection of archival and library materials to better inform your selection of collection materials.
*US faculty, postdocs, independent scholars, and non-US faculty are eligible to apply for the Scholar Research Support Grant.
All applicants are required to submit their applications online. The following materials must all be submitted by the deadline, including completed recommendation forms.
- Contact information
- Resumé or CV
- A proposal of fewer than 750 words describing your research project, including the names of Hoover collections you plan to consult and why they are necessary for your project. To start your search, visit our page on How to Search our collections.
- A citation list of Hoover collections you plan to consult (see template).
- The names and email addresses of two individuals who will complete recommendation forms.
All materials, including completed recommendation forms, must be submitted by February 16, 2024.
Application Period is CLOSED
Fellowship recipients are expected to complete their visit, research, and post-visit summary report between June 1, 2024, and June 1, 2025. Decision announcements will be sent to applicants in May 2024.
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