The Bradley Fellowship Program is a major part of the Foundation’s
program interest in strengthening
America’s “intellectual infrastructure”
at the higher-education level. Begun in 1986, the program is a model for
influencing the intellectual framework of national life. It helps
fulfill the two basic prerequisites for liberal education -- good
teaching and good curriculum -- by enabling colleges and universities to
offer students in the advanced stages of graduate work the opportunity
to pursue serious studies with excellent teachers.
For the program, the Foundation chooses institutions of higher education
each year to support graduate and post-graduate students, who are
designated as Bradley Fellows. The Fellows are chosen by each
institution upon the recommendation of one or more distinguished
professors in the humanities, social sciences, and the law.
In providing useful assistance to young scholars during a critical phase
in their education, Bradley Fellowships make it possible for intelligent
doctoral candidates and post-doctoral fellows to complete their studies,
prepare manuscripts for publication, conduct research, and enhance their
competitiveness in the job market. Of the thousands of past Bradley
Fellows, hundreds teach at the country’s most-prestigious colleges and
universities, while an equal number are affiliated with research
institutes and hold prominent positions in government.