The John R. Keys Fellowship

The fellowship will open for applications beginning in the 2020/2021 academic year.


The goal of this fellowship is to support faculty-mentored student research that meets the mandate of the Laboratory for the American Conversation (LAC). The research fellowship is an opportunity for a student to engage in ongoing, faculty approved research affiliated with the LAC.

Source of Support

This program is made possible due to the generous support of the John R. Keys family.


A student fellow will receive a stipend of up to $1500 per annum. The faculty mentor has discretion over the budget and is expected to submit a budget for approval by the LAC administration. Budget items may include stipends for faculty and other direct research costs. The LAC administrators will announce annually the amount of funds available for awards, based on the amount of income generated by the John R. Keys Fellowship endowment. Awards are made annually after approval by the Lab’s Advisory Council. Any unused funds will be returned to the Fellowship Program to support future awards.

Application Process

The application narrative is limited to one-page. The objective is to identify students with potential in the fields of public health, social science, consensus building, or marketing and communications.

Students submit:

  1. a 1-page (maximum) description of their applicable skills and interest in research and the laboratory; and
  2.  a resume/CV, which includes previous research experiences and courses taken that are research oriented.

Faculty mentors submit:

  1. An itemized budget; and
  2. A timeline for the project, not to exceed one year.


Eligible faculty members will have an affiliation with the Laboratory for the American Conversation and have existing research or projects affiliated with the Lab. Eligible students will be enrolled in either undergraduate or graduate programs.