The Jefferson Scholars Foundation’s National Fellowship Program supports outstanding scholars at top institutions across the country who are completing dissertations that: employ history to shed light on American politics and public policy, examine the intersection of technology and democracy, study the impact of global affairs on the United States, media and politics, and/or examine the role of the presidency in shaping American political development. In addition to providing a one-year stipend, the Foundation assists the Fellow in choosing a senior scholar from their field to serve as a mentor. National Fellows are invited to attend two annual conferences that frame the year of Fellowship, one in the fall and the second in the spring. Both conferences are held at the Jefferson Scholars Foundation. Residency at the University of Virginia is not required as part of the Fellowship, though Fellows are welcome to consider the option.