The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) is pleased to announce the inaugural annual competition for the Theodore J. Eismeier Fellowship in Political Science.

The Eismeier Fellowship awards a stipend of $10,000 to an ABD or postdoctoral student in political science with a focus on United States government and the American political tradition. The recipient of the award will reside, free of charge, during the spring semester, 2013, at the AHI’s headquarters located at 21 West Park Row, Clinton, New York. The recipient will have no teaching responsibilities but will be asked to serve as discussion leader at the monthly meetings of the AHI’s Publius Society, a gathering of students and informed citizens with a common interest in exploring important issues of the American constitutional order. He/she will also be invited to participate, all expenses paid, as a conferee in the annual Carl B. Menges Colloquium in April at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York. Residence would run from January 21 to May 1, 2013.

A panel comprised of AHI fellows and directors will evaluate the applications. Application deadline is Monday, November 19, 2012 and the AHI will announce the award winner on Monday, December 3, 2012. To apply, candidates should send 1) a covering letter of no more than five typed pages in length that describes the focus and originality of his or her scholarship, 2) a copy of the applicant’s résumé, and 3) two letters of reference to Robert L. Paquette, The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization, 21 West Park Row, Clinton, New York, 13323.

The fellowship honors Theodore J. Eismeier, an AHI Senior Fellow, who taught more than thirty years in the Department of Government at Hamilton College before retiring in 2012. Professor Eismeier graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College and received his PhD with Distinction from Yale University. A recipient of the Hamilton College Class of 1962 Outstanding Teacher Award, he taught courses in American political institutions and public policy and directed the Hamilton College Semester in Washington Program. He is the editor with Douglas W. Rae of Public Policy and Public Choice (Sage, 1979). He is the author, with Philip H. Pollock, of Business, Money, and the Rise of Corporate PACs in American Politics (Quorum Books, 1988), and has published widely in professional journals on the subject of campaign finance.