Graduate Fellowships

The Kinder Institute seeks to establish a thriving community of post-graduate researchers in history and political science whose work transcends disciplinary boundaries in advancing the study of American political thought, history, and institutions, broadly defined to include both the origins of America’s constitutional and democratic traditions, and their application and reinterpretation in later periods and around the world. Housed with office space and a computer in our headquarters high atop historic Jesse Hall, Kinder Ph.D. students will have easy access to faculty and graduate and postdoctoral colleagues in some of the best collaboration spaces on campus.

The Kinder Institute offers fully funded studentships, as well as dedicated travel and research grants and many other opportunities for graduate students in research, publishing, and public history. For instance, the Institute is launching an online academic journal, Starting Points, which will employ a graduate student editorial intern, and two current graduate fellows recently held research positions at the State Historical Society of Missouri, a major archive located right down the street. The Institute also frequently hosts visiting lecturers, colloquia, conferences, and other events, including the Missouri Regional Seminar on Early American History, that offer graduate students unrivaled opportunities for career and intellectual development.

Faculty members at Missouri’s Kinder Institute have a proven track record of placing PhDs in tenure-track posts. In recent years, they have supervised students who have secured permanent positions in history or political science at the University of Oxford, Ohio State University, University College London, Washington State University, Oklahoma State University, Providence College, Sewanee, and the University of Texas at Dallas.

We are currently in the process of revamping our graduate fellowship program and will update the website in the coming weeks with details about new procedures. In the interim, any questions can be directed to Kinder Institute Chair in Constitutional Democracy and Professor of History Jay Sexton ( or Kinder Institute Associate Director and Professor of History and Journalism Jeffrey L. Pasley (

Meet our current and former Kinder Graduate Fellows