Call for Applications: G. Thomas Eisele Research Fellowship

The UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture announced today the 2018 cycle for the G. Thomas Eisele Research Fellowship is now open for applications.

This 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 are 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.

Examples of previously funded topics include:

  • Arkansas penitentiaries, 1960-1970

  • Holt v. Sarver

  • Desegregation of Arkansas’s higher educational institutions

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 the 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 by March 16, 2018 and include the following documents:

  • Essay of no more than 500 words discussing: research question, anticipated resources to be used, and expected products (presentations, publications, etc.).

  • Resume.

  • At least one letter of recommendation.

  • Proposed project budget.

The applicant chosen for the Eisele Research Fellowship is expected to present their findings during a reception held in April of the year following their award.

This 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.

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