Gerald R. Ford Scholar Award (Dissertation Award) in Honor of Robert M. Teeter
The Gerald R. Ford Scholar Award in Honor of Robert M. Teeter is an annual award of $5000 given to a doctoral student to support dissertation research and writing in any field related to any aspect of the United States political process and public policy during the last half of the 20th century. Of special interest is the role and analysis of public opinion in that process. The Selection Committee encourages applications from doctoral students in a wide range of fields, including Political Science, History, Journalism, Communications, Public Policy, Foreign Relations, and American Studies.
Applicants must have achieved candidacy and completed all requirements for the Ph.D. program (coursework and examinations) except for the dissertation by the application deadline. The award must support research to be conducted after the award is announced and will not be granted retroactively for research already completed.
Applications and Deadlines
Applicants must demonstrate their professional potential by submitting each of the following:
- an application cover sheet (download here);
- an abstract describing the dissertation, no longer than 150 words;
- a 5 page proposal that describes the topic and outline of the dissertation, including the design of the research project and research resources to be employed. The proposal should also describe the ways in which Ford Library resources can advance the research on the topic and address how the dissertation will relate to current scholarship on the subject. A bibliography of up to two additional pages should also be included. The proposal and accompanying bibliography should use 12-point font and be double-spaced (page count does not include footnotes or bibliography);
- three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant's qualifications for the award (one of these letters must be from their academic director that includes a statement approving the dissertation topic);
- unofficial transcripts from all graduate schools attended (the Selection Committee reserves the right to request official transcripts); and
- a curriculum vitae.