Naval History and Heritage Command

Samuel Eliot Morison Naval History Scholarship

The Director Naval History (DNS-H) is calling for applications for the Samuel Eliot Morison Naval History Supplemental Scholarship Program for the academic year 2017-2018. The purpose of the scholarship is to promote the development of a broad understanding of Naval History within the American national experience. Historical knowledge is an invaluable tool to place current issues in context and for leaders to make sound decisions.

The scholarship is named in honor of the late Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison, USNR, an eminent naval and maritime historian and winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

The scholarship provides a $5,000 cash award to one active duty commissioned officer of the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps with demonstrated leadership potential and high academic qualifications who is already pursuing graduate study in history, international relations, or a related field. The award is to help pay for expenses related to research, travel, and the purchase of books or other educational materials.

Any officer desiring to compete for the Morison Supplemental Scholarship to be awarded for study beginning in the fall of 2017 (academic year 2017-2018), should submit a letter of application via his/her commanding officer to the Senior Historian, Naval History and Heritage Command, 805 Kidder Breese Street, SE, Washington Navy Yard, D.C. 20374-5060.

Applications must be received no later than 28 April 2017.

Note: Mail security procedures for Federal agencies in the District of Columbia delay delivery for 3-5 business days beyond normal delivery times. Candidates are reminded to mail applications with adequate time for delivery or to use a commercial express delivery service. Applicants on deployment without regular mail access may submit applications by emailing them to

Application packages should provide the following information:

  1. University presently attending or to which application has been made and the current status of that application;
  2. Copy of officer biography;
  3. A statement from the applicant that includes an outline of the proposed education program, degree objective, major;
  4. A copy of all official college/university transcripts;
  5. A statement not to exceed 500 words concerning the relationship of the Morison Scholarship to the applicant's interests and the value to be derived both by the individual and the Navy;
  6. Commanding officer's endorsement;
  7. A contact address and email.

The Director of Naval History will make the final selection of the Morison Scholar and an alternate in late May 2017.

Selection of finalists will be based on the following criteria: 

  1. Relevance of the chosen area of study to U.S. naval history;
  2. Demonstrated professional performance with particular emphasis on the officer's specialty;
  3. Academic ability;
  4. Potential for professional growth.
Published:Thu Oct 26 10:21:54 EDT 2017