Grants for Academic Fellowships

Grants for Academic Fellowships

The Charles Koch Foundation invites recent Ph.D.s and doctoral candidates to apply for academic fellowships. Through these pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships, we seek to support individuals dedicated to pursuing a career in academia.

Funding will vary depending on the location and demands of the fellowship. Opportunities for academic fellowships include:

University Fellowships

  • For those who are interested in conducting research in a traditional university setting.
  • In advance of a fellowship, candidates must make a tentative arrangement to be hosted at a university department with access to a faculty mentor.
  • Post-doctoral fellowship grants are awarded for one-year or two-year terms.
  • Pre-doctoral fellowship grants are awarded for one-year terms at institutions other than your home institution.

Eligibility for Academic Fellowships

Eligibility for academic fellowships will be reserved for candidates with a:

  • Superior academic record, including a strong publication record and research agenda.
  • Commitment to a career in academia.

Fellowships are awarded in the fields of history, political science, international relations, entrepreneurship, and economics. Exceptional applications in law, psychology, and education reform may be considered.

Application Details

Candidates must complete an online application and provide the following documents:

  • A curriculum vitae (CV).*
  • An academic writing sample (up to 25 pages).*
  • A description of your research and its relationship to the academic conversation.*
  • A one-page outline of year-long goals for publications, conferences, and academic activities. A sample outline  can be found here.*
  • A description of your tentative hosting arrangement, including information about your proposed faculty mentor.*
  • A brief statement of your short- and long-term career goals.*
  • Unofficial graduate school transcripts.
  • A letter of recommendation.

*Items are required in application.

Role of Host Institution

Candidates whose applications are supported by the Charles Koch Foundation must be formally selected by their host institution as a pre-doctoral or post-doctoral fellow.

The host institution must submit a letter requesting a grant from the Charles Koch Foundation to support the academic fellowship, the recipient of which is to be selected by the institution.

Please ensure you attach the letter from the host institution to your application package.

Stipends and Benefits

  • Competitive one-year or two-year stipend awarded to the host institution.
  • Possible enrollment in the host institution’s health insurance (at the host institution’s discretion).
  • Additional funds may be awarded to host institutions for fellows to attend academic conferences.

Applicant Agreement

By submitting an application and sharing your information with the Charles Koch Foundation, you agree that we may use your information to evaluate your application, contact you about other activities, and as otherwise stated in our terms of use and privacy statement.

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