For Release: CONTACT: Frank H. Mackaman The Dirksen Congressional Center 301 South 4th Street, Suite A Pekin, IL 61554 309.347.7113 309.347.6432 FAX [log in to unmask] www.pekin.net/dirksen Congressional Research Awards Announcement DEADLINE -- February 1, 2002 The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants totaling $50,000 in 2002 to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress. Political scientists, historians, biographers, scholars of public administration or American studies, and journalists are among those eligible. The Center also awards a significant portion of the funds for dissertation research. Undergraduate or pre-Ph.D. study, research teams of two or more individuals, organizations, and institutions are not eligible. Applications are accepted at any time. The deadline for annual selections is February 1, 2002. The grant selections will be announced in March 2002. Complete information about eligibility and application procedures may be found at The Center's Web site: http://www.pekin.net/dirksen/grantcongresearchaward.htm. Frank Mackaman is the program officer ([log in to unmask]). The Center, named for the late Senate Minority Leader Everett M. Dirksen, is a private, non-partisan, nonprofit research and educational organization devoted to the study of Congress and its leaders. Since 1978, the Congressional Research Awards (formerly the Congressional Research Grants) program has paid out over $500,000 to support nearly 300 projects.