The award recognizes and acknowledges the role of the federal courts and judiciary in the state of Arkansas and promotes a better understanding of that role through scholarly study at the professional, graduate, or undergraduate level. Interdisciplinary projects will be considered. The award supports:
- Researching the federal judiciary in Arkansas and its role in Arkansas history, politics, or culture.
- Identifying collateral cultural and governmental impacts from actions by the federal judiciary in Arkansas.
- Promoting Arkansas’s place in the national or global judicial context.
- Recipients will be selected based on the submission of a complete application, the strength of the letter of recommendation, and the clarity and substance of the project design.
Awards may be granted at the professional, graduate, or undergraduate level. Funds are available for research stipends as well as for materials, books, equipment, or travel necessary for the completion of a project or activity in furtherance of the purpose of this award.
The award includes a certificate and cash award of up to $1,000. Up to two awards may be given during an award cycle. All applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15, 2017. Applications must include the following documents:
- At least one letter of recommendation.
- Essay of no more than 500 words discussing: research question, anticipated resources to be used, and expected products (presentations, publications, etc.).
- Proposed budget.
The award is sponsored by the G. Thomas Eisele Endowment for the study of the United States Federal Courts in Arkansas held at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Research materials related to Judge Eisele can be found at the UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture and the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies.