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Fellowships

In our mission to foster the study of U.S. and Marine Corps history, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation provides graduate students $17,000 through three fellowships, the General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. Memorial Dissertation Fellowship, the Lieutenant Colonel Lily H. Gridley Memorial Masterís Thesis Fellowship, and the Bernard M. Rosoff Memorial Master's Thesis Fellowship. The deadline for filing applications and all supporting documents is May 1 of each year. The applicant must insure that all documentation is mailed before the closing date. Eligibility requirements and applications for these fellowships are provided below. For more information or questions on the Marine Corps Heritage Foundationís fellowship, contact the Marine Corps History Division at 703-432-5058.

General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr., Memorial Dissertation Fellowship


A single $10,000 dissertation fellowship per academic year, established to memorialize the twentieth Commandant of the Marine Corps, is awarded to a qualified graduate student working on a doctoral dissertation pertinent to Marine Corps history.

Area and Topics of Study
Topics in U.S. military and naval history, as well as history and history-based studies in the social and behavioral sciences, with a direct relationship to the history of the United States Marine Corps will be considered. Within this context, topics may encompass wars, institutions, organization and administration, policy, biography, civil affairs and civic action, civil military relations, weaponry and technology, manpower, training and education, strategy, tactics, and logistics, as well as diplomatic, political, economic, social, and intellectual trends affecting the Marine Corps during peace and war. The topic must have the approval of the applicant's dissertation director and contribute to the study and understanding of Marine Corps history.

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must be enrolled in a recognized graduate school, have completed by September all requirements for the doctoral degree except the dissertation, and have an approved, pertinent dissertation topic. Recipients of the Marine Corps' master's thesis fellowships may apply.

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Lieutenant Colonel Lily H. Gridley Memorial Master's Thesis Fellowship


A number of $3,500 Master's Thesis Fellowships, established to memorialize the Marine Corps' first woman judge advocate, are awarded each academic year to qualified graduate students working on topics pertinent to Marine Corps history.

Area and Topics of Study
Topics in U.S. military and naval history and history-based studies in the social and behavioral sciences, with a direct relationship to the U.S. Marine Corps will be considered. Within this context, topics may encompass wars, institutions, organization and administration, policy, biography, civil affairs and civic action, civil-military relations, weaponry and technology, manpower, training and education, strategy, tactics, and logistics, as well as diplomatic, political, economic, social, and intellectual trends affecting the Marine Corps in war and peace. This program gives preference to projects covering the pre-1991 period where records are declassified or can be most readily declassified and made available to scholars. In all cases the topic must have the approval of the graduate student's thesis advisor, and it must have the potential to further the understanding of some aspect of Marine Corps history.

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must be actively enrolled in an accredited master's degree program, which requires a master's thesis.

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Bernard M. Rosoff Memorial Master's Thesis Fellowship


A $3,500 Master's Thesis Fellowship funded by a bequest from the estate of C. Ayn Acuff in memory of her father is awarded each academic year to qualified graduate students working on topics pertinent to Marine Corps history.

Area and Topics of Study
Topics in U.S. military and naval history and history-based studies in the social and behavioral sciences, with a direct relationship to the U.S. Marine Corps will be considered. Within this context, topics may encompass wars, institutions, organization and administration, policy, biography, civil affairs and civic action, civil-military relations, weaponry and technology, manpower, training and education, strategy, tactics, and logistics, as well as diplomatic, political, economic, social, and intellectual trends affecting the Marine Corps in war and peace. This program gives preference to projects covering the pre-1991 period where records are declassified or can be most readily declassified and made available to scholars. In all cases the topic must have the approval of the graduate student's thesis advisor, and it must have the potential of furthering the understanding of some aspect of Marine Corps history.

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must be actively enrolled in an accredited master's degree program, which requires a master's thesis.

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