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CONTACT:
Frank H. Mackaman
The Dirksen Congressional Center
301 South 4th Street, Suite A
Pekin, IL 61554
309.347.7113
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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.