2017-18 Recipient of the Edwin J. Beinecke, Jr. Scholarship in International Affairs 

Anthony Eames, a third year Ph.D. candidate in History, is the recipient of The Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation's 2017-18 Edwin J. Beinecke, Jr. Scholarship in International Affairs. Anthony's dissertation, "Science and the Transatlantic Politics of Disarmament," examines the role of scientists in the debate over nuclear weapons in the 1970s and 1980s, an era that saw a major transatlantic mobilization against nuclear weapons. While much has been written about U.S. scientists during the Nuclear Winter, there is little scholarship on the importance of their British counterparts.

The Beinecke award will support five months of archival work in British Archives in London, Oxford, Cambridge, and Norwich. Archival research will be supplemented with interviews of key figures that relied on scientific expertise to shape the public debate on nuclear weapons. This investigation will examine how science served as a point of interaction between foreign policy and domestic politics in several important nuclear events of the 1980s: the Euromissile Crisis, the Trident Agreement, the Strategic Defense Initiative, and Nuclear Winter Thesis.

He is under the mentorship of Drs. David Painter and Kathryn Olesko


Program Guidelines and Internal Selection

The Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation of Kansas City welcomes nominations for its "Edwin J. Beinecke, Jr. Scholarship for International Studies." The scholarship, supported by the Foundation and Graduate School matching funds, consists of a $10,000 award for graduate study or research abroad during the 2017-18 academic year. Only one award is available this competition.

As defined by the Foundation, the awardee should be studying such disciplines as international relations, political science, diplomacy, or related fields.  Each eligible department or program may nominate no more than two students. Final selection of the nominees will be made by the Graduate Research Steering Committee; we will then notify the nominee, the nominee's department, and the Foundation.

Once the award has been confirmed by the Foundation, the awardee may use the funds for travel as early as the summer of 2017; travel must be initiated no later than May 2018. This broad time period for use of the awards means that two-year master's programs may nominate students to use the award for internships or other summer study-abroad opportunities between their first and second years. If the Foundation follows its practice of past years, payment of the award will be available at the beginning of summer 2017.

Nomination Process:  Each graduate program is allowed up two nominations. Required materials to be submitted as one PDF document include:

1.      A three to five page statement, double-spaced from the student describing the foreign study that the award would support, the proposed study plan and methodology, and the award's importance to the student's research project and degree completion. 

2.      A signed "Statement of Permission" from the student granting the Graduate School the authority to submit an official transcript to the Foundation. We will obtain the transcript directly from the Registrar only for the nominated student.

3.      Two letters of recommendation, one from the student’s adviser, the other from either the director of graduate studies or the department or program chair. 

4.      Additional Requirement for Non U.S. Citizens:  Non-U.S. citizens are eligible, but nominees who are not U.S. citizens must also state in writing their intention to return to their home country after conclusion of their formal studies in the United States.

Submission Process:

Information regarding the 2018 competition will be available in late fall 2017.