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The Wilson Fellowship

Through the generosity of Edgar C. Wilson, a 1940 graduate of the University of Tennessee and decorated veteran of the Second World War, the Center for the Study of War and Society offers one $1,000 fellowship to a graduate student in the University of Tennessee History Department. This annual fellowship is open to graduate students in history studying U.S. military history with preference given to those who focus on some aspect of the Second World War.

Jerry and Edgar Wilson


  1. Have completed all the requirements for a Ph.D. at University of Tennessee, except for dissertation.
  2. Be a student in good standing and making sufficient progress toward the completion of the degree.
  3. Write a dissertation focusing of American military history, broadly defined. Preference will be given to applicants examining the Second World War. In awarding the fellowship, the merit and potential contribution to scholarship of the applicant’s dissertation topic will be taken into consideration.
  4. Agree to deliver a public lecture based on his/her dissertation research to the University of Tennessee community.


  1. Submit a letter of application no longer than two pages that outlines your dissertation topic and your progress toward degree.
  2. Submit two letters of recommendation outlining your progress to the degree. At least one letter must be from a faculty member in the History Department of the University of Tennessee.

The deadline for application is March 15 each year. The fellowship winner will be announced by April 15. The holder of the Wilson Fellowship will be expected to deliver a public lecture organized by the Center for the Study of War and Society based on his/her dissertation research in March or April of the following year. Recipients of the Wilson Fellowship are also encouraged to write a letter of appreciation to Mr. Edgar C. Wilson. Fellowship holders will be known as a Jerry and Edgar Wilson Scholar.

The Fellowship will be awarded by the Director of the Center of the Study of War and Society in consultation with the Head of the History Department, the Directory for Graduate Studies, and the Chair of the Graduate Research and Awards Committee. Applicants for additional funding will be considered by past holders of the Wilson Fellowship.

Letters of Applications and Recommendations should be addressed to:

Center for the Study of War and Society
220 Hoskins Library
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-4008