Dissertation Grant

The John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis at the Virginia Military Institute will award a $5,000 grant to a graduate student in history or related field working on a dissertation in the area of Cold War history.

The award promotes innovative scholarship on Cold War topics. The Adams Center invites proposals in all subject areas—including international security affairs, military history, and strategic analysis. All periods of Cold War history are welcome. The prize is made possible through the generous support of John A. Adams and George J. Collins Jr.

To be considered, graduate students must submit a brief proposal (prospectus) describing their doctoral research, a project timeline, and curriculum vitae with a list of references. Applications should be delivered, electronically, to the Adams Center at adamscenter@vmi.edu by 4 p.m. Eastern, Friday, March 15, 2024. Direct questions to Adams Center Director M. Houston Johnson V.

Questions to:

M. Houston Johnson V, Ph.D.
Professor & Head, Department of History
Interim Director, Adams Center for Cold War History & Strategic Analysis
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA 24450


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Previous Recipients:

  • Meghan Ashley Vance, “Cold War Soldiering: The U.S. Army in Germany, 1945–1958,” Texas A&M University.
  • Heather M. Haley, “Unsuitable and Incompatible: Ensign Vernon ‘Copy’ Berg, Bisexuality, and the Cold War U.S. Navy,” Auburn University.
  • Eric Perinovic, “Ex Machina: The F-104G Starfighter, the Federal Republic of Germany, and the Origins of the Modern European Military Aviation Sector,” Temple University.
  • Hosub Shim, “The Forgotten Army: A History of the Republic of Korea Forces’ in the Vietnam War, 1965–1973,” University of Kansas.
  • Kate Tietzen, “Iraq in the Cold War and beyond the fall of the Soviet Union, 1968–2003,” Kansas State University.
  • Susan Colbourn, “Defining Détente: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Struggle for Identity, 1975–1983,” University of Toronto, Canada.
  • Kuan-jen Chen, “U.S. Maritime Policy in East Asia during the Cold War era, 1945–1979,” University of Cambridge, UK.
  • Nathaniel R. Weber, “U.S. Military Assistance and Advisory Groups, 1945–1965,” Texas A&M University.
  • Brett M. Reilly, “International Military Advising and the Armed Forces of the State of Vietnam and Republic of Vietnam, 1948–1975,” University of Wisconsin.
  • Fatih Tokatli, “Turkish-American Military Cooperation and Transformation of Turkish Military in the Cold War, 1947–1954,” Bilkent University, Turkey.
  • Johanne Marie Skov, “Britain Rising like a Phoenix from the Ashes: How Britain Landed the 1985 Al Yamamah Arms Deal with Saudi Arabia in the Context of Cold War Western Intra-Bloc Rivalry, 1979-1985,” Lancaster University, UK.
  • Thao Nguyen, “The Vietnamese Women in the Black Market of South Vietnam,” University of Michigan.

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