The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation offers competitive research fellowships and grants every year to scholars and students who wish to make use of the archival holdings (including audiovisual materials) of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

Fellowships include:

  • The Marjorie Kovler Research Fellowship for research on foreign intelligence and the Presidency (or a related topic). Stipend up to $5,000.
  • The Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Research Fellowship for research on the foreign policy of the Kennedy administration (especially in the Western Hemisphere); domestic policy of the Kennedy administration (especially with regard to racial justice or natural resources conservation). Stipend up to $5,000 that can be split among recipients.
  • The Abba P. Schwartz Research Fellowship for research on immigration, naturalization, or refugee policy. Stipend up to $3,100.
  • The Theodore C. Sorensen Research Fellowship for research on domestic policy, political journalism, polling, press relations, or a related topic. At least a portion of the project should utilize materials from the JFK Library archives. Stipend up to $3,600.
  • The Ernest Hemingway Research Grants, which provides funds to scholars and students interested in researching the Ernest Hemingway Collection. Stipend up to $5,000.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact an archivist at the JFK Library (Kennedy.Library@nara.gov) for information about relevant archival holdings before applying. At least a portion of the project should utilize materials from the JFK Library archives. Candidates can apply for only one fellowship per year, but the Fellowship Committee will assess each application with the most relevant fellowship opportunity in mind.

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