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The purpose of the Visiting Fellows Program is to advance the political, economic, and national security ideas and values of President Ronald Reagan. Visiting Fellows will be selected based on the relevance of their research to these principles. Proposals will also be judged on the likelihood of completion of a book manuscript during the fellowship period.

Program Benefits

  • In addition to a stipend of $75,000, each fellow will receive a $5,000 budget for research related travel.
  • Mentorship from senior academics who will advise the Fellows and review book a manuscript.
  • One-on-one support from an archivist at the Reagan Presidential Library.
  • Opportunity to participate and present at the Virtual Scholars Roundtable, a monthly convening of academics and policymakers who study topics related to the Reagan Presidency.

George P. Shultz Fellow
One of our two annual winning candidates will be named the George P. Shultz Fellow. While this Fellow will enjoy the same benefits described above, their study of President Reagan will focus on furthering the economic and diplomatic policy of the United States.

Program Requirements

  • All applicants must submit proof of having successfully defended his/her dissertation by August 15, 2021.
  • Acceptance of the award constitutes a commitment by each fellow to produce a book manuscript by the end of the Fellowship year.
  • Applications should be emailed to no later than 11:59 EST on Friday, March 12, 2021.


Application Instructions

Application Requirements

*Please submit all documents as PDFs. Do not send in zip files.

  1. Executive Summary (Maximum of 1 page)
  • Name, Address, Contact Information
  • University Affiliation and Dissertation Advisor and contact information
  • Names and contact information for 2 recommenders
  • One paragraph summary description of research question and project’s relevance to Ronald Reagan
  1. Project Proposal (Maximum of 3 pages)
  • Proposal should begin with a clear description of the policy issue being examined and a description of how this issue is linked to the ideas and vision of Ronald Reagan.
  • Proposal should consider contemporary implications of the policy issue being examined.
  • Description of research methods and approach – if the Reagan Library is likely to be a source for research, please explain.
  • Notional book outline
  1. Writing Sample (less than 20 pages)
  2. CV/Resume
  3. Transcripts & Letters of Recommendation

Please submit applications to

Meet the 2020-2021 Class of Reagan Visiting Fellows

Anthony Eames

Dr. Eames is a historian of the Cold War and nuclear geopolitics. He currently teaches at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Eames earned his Ph.D. from Georgetown University in Transregional History and holds an MA in Global and Comparative History jointly conferred by King’s College London and Georgetown University, and a B.A. in History and Sociology from Loyola University Chicago. Eames’ scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Journal of Military History, Technology & Culture, War on the Rocks, and several other publications. He has spoken widely on nuclear issues in both the United States and the United Kingdom and co-hosts a nuclear history podcast.

Dr. Eames is currently transforming his dissertation Public Diplomacy for the Nuclear Age: Anglo-American Grand Strategy and the End of the Cold War into a book manuscript. His book project argues that President Reagan developed new approaches to public diplomacy under the banner of Peace through Strength, which proved instrumental to achieving nuclear reductions at the end of the Cold War. Eames’ work will explore if Reagan’s approach to public diplomacy remains pertinent for today’s geopolitical climate. Eames believes his work will “give us a better sense of the ways in which U.S. policymakers can design confidence building measures to overcome historic and geographical sources of Russian insecurity.”

Luke Griffith

An expert on contemporary history, Luke Griffith is a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ronald Reagan Institute in Washington, D.C. Griffith studies American foreign policy, nuclear security, and transatlantic relations. Relying on extensive archival research and elite interviews, his dissertation analyses the genesis of the world’s first nuclear disarmament agreement, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. At the Ronald Reagan Institute, he will transform his dissertation into a book manuscript, which is tentatively titled, “From Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump: The United States and the INF Treaty.”

Prior to the Ronald Reagan Institute, Griffith was the 2019-2020 Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at the RAND Corporation, where he wrote about nuclear weapons and arms control issues. After graduating magna cum laude from Cedarville University in 2010, he secured a M.A. in 2012 and Ph.D. in 2018 from Ohio University. He was awarded Ohio University’s Baker Peace Fellowship in 2017-2018, earning a certificate from the interdisciplinary Contemporary History Institute as well. He has published numerous book reviews and peer-reviewed projects. His commentary also appeared in Defense One, Real Clear Defense, National Interest, Defense-Aerospace, and Real Clear Policy.