Hubert H. Humphrey Doctoral Fellowships

PURPOSE: The fellowships are designed to encourage specialized training and research in arms control, nonproliferation and disarmament. The grants are part of ACDA's legislatively-mandated responsibilities for the conduct, support and coordination of arms control research. Fellows receive a stipend of $8,000 plus up to a maximum of $6,000 to defray the cost of tuition and fees for one year.

HISTORY: Named in honor of Senator Hubert H.Humphrey, a strong arms control advocate. Nineteen rounds of competition have been held since the inception of the program in 1979. To date 86 awards have been issued.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates should be advanced graduate students completing dissertations on arms control related topics. Candidates for the J.D. degree are also eligible for Humphrey Fellowships during their third year of study.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Each applicant must submit the following:

  • A signed and completed application

  • A dissertation or J.D. research proposal (not exceeding five double-spaced, typewritten pages) describing the topic, the research design, the methodology to be employed in the research, and the relevance of the research to arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament issues and policies.

  • A concise bibliography of works related to the research topic

  • Official transcripts of all graduate school course work

  • A signed statement by the applicant's research/dissertation adviser or dissertation committee, as appropriate, that the proposal has been approved in accordance with university or departmental procedures

  • Evaluation forms from three academic references who must be familiar with both the applicant's abilities and the research proposal, one of whom should be the dissertation/research adviser.

Please note that ACDA will be merged into the Department of State in April 1999 with the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 and that successful applicants will thus become Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows within the Department of State.

The application deadline for the program is March 31, 1999. Request for applications and information should be sent to:

Hubert H. Humphrey Doctoral Fellowship Program
U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
320 21st St, NW
Washington, D.C. 20451
or call
(202) 647-4153

SELECTION PROCESS: Fellowships will be awarded on the basis of merit. Proposals will be evaluated according to the clarity of research goals, soundness of research design, originality, and relevance. Further factors are the feasability of the project, graduate course grades, and the recommendations of three references.

A committee of ACDA officials will evaluate applicants with the assistance of academic and private sector consultants. Selections will be made without regard to race color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or physical handicap. Employees of ACDA or their relatives are not eligible for this program.

The following students received Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Awards for the 1997-98 academic year:

    Michael David Beck, University of Georgia
    Thesis Title: "To Proliferate or To Control: Russia and Exports of Strategic Technology"

    Michael Leslie Lipson, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Thesis Title: "International Cooperation on Export Controls: Nonproliferation, Globalization, and Multilateralism"