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Cokie Roberts Research Fund for Women’s History


The Cokie Roberts Research Fund for Women’s History will support one to three annual fellowships for emerging and established historians, journalists, authors, or graduate students who perform and publish new research for the general public to elevate women’s history using the records held by the National Archives. Click here to donate to the fund.

Recipients of the fellowship will perform original document research from the National Archives on women’s history for a published book, article, essay, film, short series, or art piece developed for the general public.

Our 2023 fellows have been selected – read more about them here! If you have questions about the fellowship, contact fellowship@archivesfoundation.org for details.

How to Apply

The application period for the Cokie Roberts Fellowship is November 1, 2023 through May 15, 2024. Please view the FAQs below for more information. Applications are completed online via this form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have more questions? Check out our FAQs or contact fellowship@archivesfoundation.org.

Cokie Roberts often pointed out to visitors that the Faulkner murals in the National Archives Rotunda failed to include women. In this spirit, the National Archives Foundation commissioned artist Samara King of Port Townsend, Washington, to bring equality to the murals with the projected addition of Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, Martha Washington and Eliza Hamilton to ensure that, as Cokie would fondly say, “We remember the ladies!”

Cokie Roberts Research Fund for Women’s History

In November 2019, the National Archives Foundation launched a new research fund to honor Cokie Roberts, who shed light on the stories of countless women in U.S. history that were previously unknown to the public. She showed how these lives had an impact on our country’s narrative and added to the rich heritage of our nation. Just as her prose and spirited discussions brought moments in history to new audiences, the Cokie Roberts Research Fund for Women’s History seeks to encourage the next generation journalists and authors to continue this legacy.