Rear Admiral John D. Hayes
Pre-doctoral Fellowship in U. S. Naval History, 2014-2015

Closing Date for Applications:    April 1, 2014
Announcement of Award:           May 2014
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Naval History & Heritage Command
Senior Historian
805 Kidder Breese SE
Washington, DC 20374-5060

The Naval History and Heritage Command, Department of the Navy, using non-appropriated funds, is offering one pre-doctoral fellowship in U.S. naval history for the academic year 2014-2015. The fellowship is named in honor of Rear Admiral John D. Hayes, USN, for his enthusiastic encouragement of naval scholars and his own significant contributions to the field. The Naval History and Heritage Command will provide financial and scholarly aid for dissertation research and writing. The subject matter of dissertations supported should significantly enhance knowledge of U.S. naval history.

The Naval History and Heritage Command - The headquarters of the Naval History and Heritage Command are located in the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC. The library, archival, and museum resources of the command are extremely rich, and are augmented by proximity of the U. S. National Archives and the Library of Congress. If the fellow's outline of research calls for substantial research in the collections held at the command's Washington headquarters, the Fellow will be provided desk space. The location of other work on the project is at the recipient's discretion.

Stipend - A stipend of $10,000 for the fellowship year (September 2014- June 2015) will be provided in two payments. The first half of the grant will be paid in September 2014. The second half will be paid in January 2015, on the dissertation director's certifying that satisfactory progress had been made since October.

Travel Grant – The successful applicant will be asked to travel twice to NHHC's Washington headquarters, once at the beginning of the fellowship period to meet with command historians, and once at the end of the fellowship period to make a presentation on the progress on the dissertation. A single travel grant of up to $2,500 will be made to finance these two visits.

Eligibility Requirements - Applicants must be citizens of the United States, not on active duty in the armed forces; be enrolled in a recognized graduate school; have completed requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation by June 30, 2014; and have an approved dissertation topic in the field of U.S. naval history.

Renewal of Fellowship - Current fellows applying for continuation of the fellowship for a second year will be considered on an equal competitive basis with other applicants.

Documents to be Submitted - Applicants should submit a completed and signed application with supporting data attached, including a copy of an approved dissertation outline. Additionally, candidates must arrange for submission of official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate course work, and letters of recommendation as specified on the application form. Allow sufficient lead time so that all supporting documents are received by the Naval History and Heritage Command in advance of the April 1, 2014, deadline date.

Evaluation and Selection - Applications will be screened by the professional staff of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Recommendations on those applicants considered best qualified will be submitted to the Director of Naval History, who will make the final selection. All awards are based on merit, regardless of race, color, creed, or sex.

Area of Study and Topics - Topics in all periods of United States naval history will be considered, as well as all aspects, including operations, biography, technology and science, strategy and tactics, administration, social, diplomacy, etc. Special consideration will be given to those dissertations that promise to fill gaps in the literature on U.S. naval history that the command has identified as having higher priority. Those topics can be found on the command's website, click here to view, where they are regularly updated. In their applications, applicants should address how their work will fill a specific identified gap.

Role of the Director of Naval History - The Director of Naval History will administer the selection of the fellow and will designate a senior staff historian to furnish advice to the fellow as appropriate. The Director of Naval History will be available to review the dissertation, but responsibility for direction, control, progress, and final approval of the dissertation will remain with the sponsoring academic institution.

What Is Expected of Fellows – In addition to measurable progress on the dissertation, in the form of collections researched and chapters written, recipients will be expected when the dissertation is finished to arrange for the presentation of a bound copy of the dissertation to the Navy Department Library, subject to author and institution restrictions.

Applications - Applications may be obtained from the Naval History and Heritage Command, Senior Historian, 805 Kidder Breese St., SE, Washington, DC 20374-5060, or click here Hayes Fellowship Application.

Application and Award Dates - Deadline for filing applications and all supporting documents is April 1, 2014. Candidates are responsible for insuring that completed applications are received before the closing date. The Director of Naval History will notify all applicants of final action by an award notice or letter on or about May 15, 2014.

Navy Historians Seminar - The successful applicant will be encouraged to make presentations on his or her research as part of the command's Speakers' Series or some other appropriate setting, such as a lecture in one of the Navy's official museums.

Taxes - For the tax implications of the award, recipients should consult the Internal Revenue Service and their state revenue offices or their tax advisors. Recipients will be required to report their social security numbers before receiving payments

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