General Omar N. Bradley Fellowships in Military History

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General Omar N. Bradley Fellowships in Military History

(posted on behalf of Dr. Samuel Watson, USMA)

Each year the General Omar Bradley Foundation offers $2000 research fellowships to up to ten Army officers engaged in research related to military history. The Omar Nelson Bradley Fellowships Committee shall consist of current or former members of the Department of History of the United States Military Academy appointed by the Professor and Head, Department of History, United States Military Academy. Selection of the Fellows will be made without regard to rank, branch, or affiliation with the USMA Department of History. Funds will be granted to those officers who are actively engaged in historical research and have the best developed plans for conducting significant historical work. Research should be in pursuit of a graduate degree or scholarly publication. The committee will recommend a slate of ten proposed Omar Nelson Bradley Fellows to the Directors of the Omar Nelson Bradley Foundation by 15 January 2021 with the aim of a final announcement of recipients by 15 February 2021.


Who May Apply. U.S. Army officers who are actively engaged in the study of military history may apply for these fellowships. Reserve officers may apply, but preference will be given to individuals on active duty. “Active engagement in the study of military history” includes research toward a master’s degree or doctorate in military history or research toward a scholarly article or monograph in military history. The selection committee interprets “military history” in the broadest sense. Projects supported in 2021 included the U.S. Army Special Observer Group that laid the foundation for future Anglo-American cooperation in WWII; how concepts of race and identity affected U.S. Army Forces in Liberia during WWII; how cartography enabled Colonel Henry Bouquet’s 1764 expedition into the Ohio country; British coalition policy and strategy in the War of the First Coalition; the military, political, economic, and cultural consequences of the burning of the U.S. Capitol in 1814; how U.S. Army officers created an institutional culture based on protecting women during the Second Seminole War and the war with Mexico; U.S. occupation policy during the war with Mexico; Theodore Roosevelt’s campaign to mobilize and command a volunteer division in 1917; U.S. naval logistics in the Pacific during WWII; and an international history of the utility and legitimacy of military power at the United Nations.

Officers who have been awarded a fellowship in the past may apply again. In such cases, the officer should indicate the receipt of the previous grant and how it was employed, including any publication (or degree thesis) to which it contributed.


How to Apply. Officers meeting the criteria above should apply to Professor Samuel Watson, Chair, Omar Nelson Bradley Fellowships Committee, Department of History, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York 10996, or electronically to . The committee strongly prefers electronic applications. These may consist of a single PDF or several documents.

Letters of application should include the name, rank, e-mail address, surface address, phone number, and duty position of the applicant, the objective of the proposed research, status of research to date, methodology to be used, a specific statement of needs for funding (for example, specific archives or collections to be examined, and costs expected to be incurred in doing so), and the proposed method of publishing or disseminating the results of the research. Additional materials that will assist the committee in evaluating the application may also be submitted: letters of recommendation and writing samples (of no more than chapter or article length) are especially recommended. ORBs and OMPFs are unnecessary. Applications are due to the committee by 1 January 2021.



Required Grant Application Items (must be received by 1 January 2021): Name, rank, duty position, contact information -Objective of the proposed research – Methodology – Status of research to date - Itemized cost estimate – Proposed method of disseminating research results


Suggested Supporting Items:

Letters of Recommendation (preferably academic) - Writing Samples or Manuscripts - Curriculum Vitae -

Academic Transcripts -


Application Timeline:

Applications due to the Committee no later than 1 January 2021 - Committee forwards recommendations

to the Bradley Foundation no later than 15 January 2021 - Announcement of recipients approximately 15

February 2021.


Send Application Materials to: Professor Samuel Watson United States Military Academy Department of History Suite 251, Building 601 West Point, NY 10996 Or electronically to The committee strongly prefers electronic applications.

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