Hugh Davis Graham Awards

About the Hugh Davis Graham Awards

In order to honor the late Hugh Davis Graham and to promote research in policy history and political history, the Hugh Davis Graham Research Fund was established in 2004 with initial gifts from friends and family. This fund will provide research stipends for graduate students and established scholars doing archival research the fields of American Political/Policy History and American Political Development. Doctoral students, junior scholars, and senior scholars will be eligible for support from this fund.

Hugh Davis Graham (1936-2002) was educated in the public schools of Nashville, Tennessee. He attended Yale University (BA 1958), and Stanford University (PhD 1964). After tours of duty in the U.S. Marine Corps and the Peace Corps, he taught history at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, before joining the faculty of Vanderbilt University in 1991 as the Holland N. McTyeire Professor of History. He was the author or editor of sixteen books in American history.

The Institute for Political History is accepting applications for the 2018 Hugh Davis Graham Award. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2018. The award in the amount of $1250 will be announced at the 2018 Policy History Conference in Tempe, Arizona. The award is taxable under IRS regulations.

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Applications must include the following materials:

* Application cover page, which should include Name, Affiliation, Status, Project, Title, and a description of how the funds will be used. 

* Two hundred-fifty (250) word description of research proposal that explains the historiographical significance of the project and lists the applicant's major publicaitons

* Applicants must adhere to the guidelines above or they will not be considered. Late applicants will not be considered. Preference will be given to doctoral students.