The purpose of the Visiting Fellows Program is to advance the political, economic, and national security ideas and values of President Ronald Reagan. Visiting Fellows will be selected based on the relevance of their research to these principles. Proposals will also be judged on the likelihood of completion of a book manuscript during the fellowship period.

Program Benefits

  1. In addition to a stipend of $75,000, each fellow will receive a $5,000 budget for research related travel.
  2. Mentorship from senior academics who will advise the Fellows and review book a manuscript.
  3. One-on-one support from an archivist at the Reagan Presidential Library.
  4. Opportunity to participate and present at the Virtual Scholars Roundtable, a monthly convening of academics and policymakers who study topics related to the Reagan Presidency.

Program Requirements

  • All applicants must submit proof of having successfully defended his/her dissertation by August 15, 2021.
  • Acceptance of the award constitutes a commitment by each fellow to produce a book manuscript by the end of the Fellowship year.
  • Applications should be emailed to no later than 11:59 EST on Friday, March 5, 2021.

Application Requirements

*Please submit all documents as PDFs. Do not send in zip files.

Executive Summary (Maximum of 1 page)

  • Name, Address, Contact Information
  • University Affiliation and Dissertation Advisor and contact information
  • Names and contact information for 2 recommenders
  • One paragraph summary description of research question and project’s relevance to Ronald Reagan

Project Proposal (Maximum of 3 pages)

  • Proposal should begin with a clear description of the policy issue being examined and a description of how this issue is linked to the ideas and vision of Ronald Reagan.
  • Proposal should consider contemporary implications of the policy issue being examined.
  • Description of research methods and approach – if the Reagan Library is likely to be a source for research, please explain.
  • Notional book outline

Writing Sample (less than 20 pages)


Transcripts & Letters of Recommendation

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