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 early to mid-career 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 article or essay appearing in a newspaper, magazine, website, book, or academic publication.

Our 2022 fellows have been selected – read more about them here! If you have questions about the fellowship, contact for details.

How to Apply

The application period for the Cokie Roberts Fellowship is November 1, 2022 – April 11, 2023.

Applications are completed online via this form

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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.


We would like to send a special thanks to those who have donated thus far:

Jim Abbott
Fiona Alexander
Susan Arbuck
Matthew Banks and Joanne Morse
Michael and Afsaneh Beschloss
Jennifer Blackburn
Governor James Blanchard and Janet Blanchard
BMO Financial Group
The Boeing Company
Stanford Brown
A’Lelia Bundles
Amy Colombana
Jim Doumas and Lauren Coletta
Kathryn Evans
Michele Falkenau
Jane Fawcett Hoover
Judy Feigin
Denise Gwyn Ferguson
The Honorable David S. Ferriero
Laurie Fulton
Laura Gates
Ellen Gill Miller
Laura Giroux and Patrick Martin
Ellen and Michael Gold
Ellen Goldberg Luger
Benjamin Gonzalez
Mary Graham
Kathleen Harrington
Ambassador Fay Hartog-Levin (Ret.)
Cheryl Haywood
Victoria Herget
Marilynn W. Hill and John A. Hill
Pat and David Jernigan
John Hancock Financial
Edgeworth Economics
Diana King
Mary Lynn Kotz and Nick Kotz
Maarja Krusten
Carol Lagundo
Elizabeth Larkin
Anna Laymon
Heather Long
Howard Lowell
Patrick M. Madden
Claudine Malone
Jacqueline B. Mars
Stefanie Mathew
Kathy Milholland
William Mosteller
Elaine Murray
ABC News
Soledad O’Brien
Steven Roberts
David M. Rubenstein
Gerald Parsky
Lucinda Robb
Sarah Roberts
The Roberts Family
Laura Roberts and Ed Belove
Kim Roellig
Linda Rosendorf
Save the Children
Deborah Shum
Ross Swimmer
Grace Toh
Mayo Clinic
Tricia Treuter
Suzanne Tuthill
Debra Wall
Jennifer Warren
Judith Weinraub
Wells Fargo Advisors
Larry West
Tom and Carol Wheeler
Sandra Willen and Jon Willen
W. Patrick Wilson
Bunny Winter
Jordan Zappala