2016-17 Recipient of the Edwin J. Beinecke, Jr. Scholarship in International Affairs 

Gregory Brew, a third year Ph.D. candidate in History, is the recipient of The Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation's 2016-17 Edwin J. Beinecke, Jr. Scholarship in International Affairs to support archival work in Great Britain in summer and fall of 2016. Greg's dissertation, "Mandarins, Paladins and Pahlavis: Anglo-American Modernization and the Dual Integration of Oil in Iran, 1925-1963," focuses on the place of oil in the internationalization of Iranian politics and the modernization of Iranian society in the 20th century, and specifically on the Anglo-American efforts to integrate Iranian oil into the global oil economy. Using his concept of "dual integration of oil," he will contribute a unique perspective to our understanding of Iran's relationship with the West and the local and global intersections of energy exploitation. Greg is under the mentorship of Dr. David Painter.

He plans to travel to Great Britain during fall 2016 to conduct archival research, in English and Persian, in the records of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, the main British oil company in Iran at that time. His research will take place over a period of three months in five different government archives. His investigations will complement research already completed in 15 different archives based in the U.S. 

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:

Nominations should be uploaded to Box or submitted via e-mail to Box no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2017.