Scholarship Overview

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation National Fellowship stands out as a fully funded scholarship aimed at PhD students globally. It focuses on enriching the academic experience by offering a comprehensive package that includes financial support, research facilities, and a platform for scholarly exchange. This fellowship is particularly notable for its emphasis on facilitating research that bridges the gap between business and political studies.

Host Institution(s)

The fellowship is hosted by the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, a distinguished institution that prides itself on fostering a community of scholars dedicated to leadership, scholarship, and citizenship. Located in the United States, the Foundation offers an environment that encourages academic excellence and innovative research.


The fellowship is open to PhD candidates engaged in research that intersects with business and politics. It is designed for scholars who are in the process of completing their dissertations and are looking for a supportive framework to enhance their studies. The program spans three academic years, providing ample time for in-depth research and scholarly development.

Scholarship Value

Recipients of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation National Fellowship are awarded a generous stipend of $25,000 for the year. In addition to the financial assistance, fellows benefit from an array of academic resources including an office space, stack access, inter-library loan privileges, and internet access. The fellowship also offers opportunities for fellows to present their research in Hagley’s seminar series and avail themselves of discounted accommodations.


Eligibility for the fellowship extends to PhD candidates from any country who anticipate completing their dissertation by the end of the fellowship year. Key criteria include a strong academic record, a compelling dissertation proposal that contributes to the fields of business and politics, and the ability to engage with the Jefferson Scholars Foundation's interdisciplinary community. Both U.S. citizens and international applicants are welcome to apply.

Application Instructions

Applicants are required to submit a comprehensive application package that includes an applicant information sheet, a detailed project description, an op-ed or blog post derived from their research findings, a bibliography, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and two letters of recommendation (one of which must be from the applicant's advisor). The application process emphasizes the candidate's ability to communicate their research's relevance to public policy and contribute to the academic community at the Jefferson Scholars Foundation.