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General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. Memorial Dissertation Fellowship

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The United States Marine Corps offers one $10,000 dissertation fellowship per academic year, to be awarded to a qualified graduate student working on a doctoral dissertation pertinent to Marine Corps history.

Area and Topics of Study

Topics in U.S. military and naval history, as well as history and history-based studies in the social and behavioral sciences, with a direct relationship to the history of the United States Marine Corps will be considered. Within this context, topics may encompass wars, institutions, organization and administration, policy, biography, civil affairs and civic action, civil military relations, weaponry and technology, manpower, training and education, strategy, tactics, and logistics, as well as diplomatic, political, economic, social, and intellectual trends affecting the Marine Corps during peace and war. The topic must have the approval of the applicant's dissertation director and contribute to the study and understanding of Marine Corps history.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be enrolled in a recognized graduate school, have completed by September all requirements for the doctoral degree except the dissertation, and have an approved, pertinent dissertation topic. Recipients of the Marine Corps' master's thesis fellowships may apply.

Stipends and Payments

The stipend of $10,000 comes from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit organization which seeks to further historical research related to the Marine Corps. The stipend will be provided to the recipient in two equal payments, the first upon certification from the parent academic institution that the recipient is a candidate for a doctoral degree and authorized to become a dissertation fellow. The second half of the stipend will be paid in January upon receipt of confirmation of satisfactory progress from the fellow's dissertation director. There are no restrictions on how fellows apply these funds.

Evaluation and Selection

The Director of Marine Corps History administers the fellowship program, including screening and evaluating the applicants. Evaluation of applicants is on the basis of academic achievements, faculty recommendations, demonstrated research and writing ability, and the nature of the proposed topic and its benefit to the study and understanding of Marine Corps history. The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, the funding organization, makes the final selection. All awards are based on merit, without regard to race, creed, color, or gender.

Location of Study

Since one objective of the fellowship program is to enable fellows to use the major archival and other information centers in the nation's capital, fellows are encouraged to do a portion of their research in the Quantico, Virginia-Washington, D.C., area. Fellows will receive access to the History Division's facilities and collections, and personalized assistance in gaining access to other archival and library facilities in the Washington area. This does not preclude research in other locations as the recipient deems appropriate.

Role of the Marine Corps History Division

The History Division will designate one of its staff members to serve as the fellow's advisor during the fellowship period and will make its collections and specialists available to the maximum extent possible. The division's staff will review the fellow's dissertation if desired; however, the responsibility for direction and control, progress, and final approval of the dissertation rests solely with the fellow's academic institution and faculty. The Marine Corps asks only that a copy of the dissertation be deposited in the Division's library.

Application and Award Dates

The deadline for filing applications and all supporting documents is 1 May each year. The applicant is responsible for insuring that all required documentation is mailed before the closing date. The President of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation will notify all applicants individually of their selection or non-selection not later than mid-July.

 

 

Lieutenant Colonel Lily H. Gridley Memorial Master's Thesis Fellowship

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Area and Topics of Study

The United States Marine Corps offers a number of $3,500 Master's Thesis Fellowships each academic year to qualified graduate students working on topics pertinent to Marine Corps history.

Topics in U.S. military and naval history, and history-based studies in the social and behavioral sciences, with a direct relationship to the U.S. Marine Corps will be considered. Within this context, topics may encompass wars, institutions, organization and administration, policy, biography, civil affairs and civic action, civil-military relations, weaponry and technology, manpower, training and education, strategy, tactics, and logistics, as well as diplomatic, political, economic, social, and intellectual trends affecting the Marine Corps in war and peace. This program gives preference to projects covering the pre-1991 period where records are declassified or can be most readily declassified and made available to scholars. In all cases the topic must have the approval of the graduate student's thesis advisor, and it must have the potential of furthering the understanding of some aspect of Marine Corps history.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be actively enrolled in an accredited master's degree program which requires a master's thesis.

Stipends and Payments

The stipend of $3,500 comes from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to furthering Marine Corps history. The responsibility for administering this program rests with the Director of Marine Corps History. Fellows receive their stipends in two equal parts, the first in September upon certification from the parent academic institution that the recipient is actively enrolled in an appropriate master's degree program and is authorized to become a Marine Corps Thesis Fellow. The second half of the stipend will be paid in January upon receipt of certification from the fellow's academic advisor that the student continues to make satisfactory progress on the master's thesis. There are no restrictions on how fellows apply these funds.

Evaluation and Selection

The Director of Marine Corps History screens and evaluates the applicants before making recommendations to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. This evaluation considers academic achievements, faculty recommendations, demonstrated research and writing ability, and the nature of the proposed topic and its benefit to the study and understanding of Marine Corps history. Final selection of fellows is by the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, the funding organization. All awards will be based on merit, without regard to race, color, creed, or gender.

Location of Study

Since the purposes of these fellowships include the desire to expose fellows to research in the main Federal archival centers, and to encourage the use of Marine Corps historical archives and museum collections, fellowship recipients are encouraged to do part of their research in the Quantico, Virginia-Washington, D.C., area. This does not preclude research elsewhere. The location of other thesis research is at the fellow's discretion.

Role of History Division

The History Division will designate one of its staff to serve as the fellow's advisor during the fellowship period, and will make its collections and specialists available for the fellow research in Quantico, Virginia. While the division will review and comment on the thesis if desired, the responsibility for direction and control, progress, and final approval of the thesis remains solely with the fellow's academic institution and its faculty. The History Division does ask for the deposit of one copy of the finished thesis in its library.

Application and Award Dates

The deadline for filing applications and all supporting documents is 1 May each year. The applicant is responsible for insuring that all documentation is mailed before the closing date. The President of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation will notify all applicants individually by letter of their selection or non-selection not later than mid-July.