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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 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 sets of records that will be utilized and also 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.

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

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 Mondale Research Fellows will be awarded in June 2014. Applications should be submitted by Friday, May 30, 2014 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).

2014 Recipients:

Jameson Sweet, Ph.D.Candidate, History, University of Minnesota

Research project:
Mixed-Blood Citizens and Statesmen: The Minnesota Territorial Legislature, the Hazelwood Republic, and Debates over Dakota Mixed-Blood Citizenship
This project is a fascinating history of the Minnesota Legislature’s tortured struggle to define the terms of citizenship for Minnesotans with Dakota ancestry.

Sam Vong, Bruce Gray Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor, History Department, Gustavus Adolphus College

Research project:
Walter Mondale and the Global Indochinese Refugee Crisis
This project brings to life the journey of Vietnamese “boat people” from the grips of tragedy to the safety of resettlement as Vice President Walter Mondale’s July 1979 visionary speech to members of the United Nations in Geneva inspired local and global commitments to humanitarian compassion.

Dave Kenney, Freelance Writer and Adjunct Instructor of English,Concordia University, St. Paul, MN

Reseach project:
Robert Ashbach and the Art of Compromise
This project reveals the overlooked accomplishments of Republican Senate Minority Leader, Robert Ashbach, who influenced historic legislation during the 1960s and 1970s - from the Met Council’s founding to the granting of bargaining rights for public employees and the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment – by bridging the divides of party and ideology.

2013 Recipients:

Joshua Preston, Poiltical Science and History, University of Minnesota, Morris
Research project: Allan Spear and Minnesota’s Human Rights Act (1993)

Freedom Foundation of Minnesota
Research project: The Rise of Rudy Boschwitz

Steven Dornfeld, Reporter, MinnPost
Research project: Research Proposal on State Sen. Gordon Rosenmeier

Emily Baer-Bositis,Political Science, Univeristy of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Research project: Donald M. Fraser’s Leadership of the Democratic Study Group and Congressional Reform, 1963-79

2012 Recipients:

Lori Sturdevant, Editorial Writer and Columnist, Star Tribune
Research project: Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women’s Movement

Ryan Lee Cartwright, American Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Research project: Four Feathered Hats’: The First Cohort of Women in the Minnesota State Legislature

Jed Ipsen, Associate Director, Caux Round Table
Research project: Governor Arne Carlson’s Rescue of Minnesota’s Triple A Bond Rating

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