Description and Stipend
The Kissinger Scholar is a distinguished senior research position in residence at the Library for a period of up to ten months.
The annual appointment of the Kissinger Scholar is made by the Librarian of Congress upon the recommendation of a four-person Selection Committee, consisting of two members of the academic community and two high-ranking foreign policy experts no longer in office. Members of the Selection Committee are in turn appointed for three-year rotating terms by a Steering Committee which administers the Kissinger Chair Program.
A stipend of $13,500 per month during the term of appointment supports the Scholar. The Library of Congress does not supply health insurance coverage but can provide contacts with commercial providers. Because the United States does not have a national health plan, if a selectee becomes ill or injured during the term of appointment, there is no provision for care.
Kissinger Scholar Applications require:
- a completed application form: MS Word - PDF (59kb)
- a brief statement (of no more than three double-spaced pages) of the scholar's proposed research and a short bibliography of basic works. The statement should include an indication of the kinds of material at the Library of Congress that will be of use during the research period
- a single paragraph summary of the proposed research
- a curriculum vitae which demonstrates evidence of prior scholarly work and publication
- three letters of recommendation from colleagues, administrators, employers, and others having knowledge of the applicant's project and scholarship
Applications and supporting materials must be post-marked no later than November 1, in any given year. While they may be sent by fax or e-mail, a hard copy should also be submitted as confirmation. The mail address is:
Kissinger Scholar Selection Committee
Office of Scholarly Programs
Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
Washington DC 20540-4860
Telephone: (202) 707-3302
Fax: (202) 707-3595