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Mondale Research Fellowship

Minnesota has a proud history of public servants who made a difference in the lives of the state's citizens and those of the United States. The aim of the Mondale Research Fellowship is to encourage research on elected government officials whose service in office improved the state and the opportunities of its citizens.

Proposal requirements: Applicants for a Mondale Research Fellowship must prepare a clearly written proposal of no more than 3 pages (or 750 words) detailing a logical and important research project on a consequential elected Minnesota government official and his or her enduring contribution to the lives of Minnesotans. The proposal should identify specific archival collections and particular sets of records that will be utilized and discuss plans to attract broader public attention to the completed research – whether through a public presentation or publication.

Each application should include the following:
1) research proposal
2) resume or curriculum vitae
3) selected list of most significant previous research projects or publications
4) letter of recommendation from adviser of project (optional)

Award winners will have one year from receipt of the award to complete their research project.

Eligibility: Applications are welcome from students in high school, college, and graduate school, faculty, and non-academic researchers.

Awards: Winning proposals will be recognized as a Mondale Research Fellow and receive a financial award to support the proposed archival investigation. The financial awards will normally range between $500 and $3,000. The award amount will be based on established research record, quality of research topic proposed, extent of time commitment, and availability of funds. Fellowship recipients will be expected to acknowledge in their publications and presentations, receipt of the Mondale Research Fellowship from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Timeline and submission: The second round of Mondale Research Fellows will be award this spring. Applications should be submitted by Monday, April 22, 2013 via electronic mail to Please note in the subject line “Mondale Research Fellowship.”

Review process: All applications will be evaluated by a review committee of Lawrence R. Jacobs (Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs) and David Hage (Star Tribune).