The J. Brien Key Fund

The J. Brien Key Graduate Assistance Fund was established in 1999 by Dr. J. Brien Key to provide financial support to graduate students for travel-related research expenses. Dr. Key received his PhD in history from Johns Hopkins University in 1964. He went on to teach at the U.S. Naval Academy, the University of Alabama, and then served as the chairman of the history department at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta for 25 years before retiring. Dr. Key valued his experience as a graduate student in the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences and knew that students would benefit from intense exposure to real-time, groundbreaking research. Through the J. Brien Key Graduate Student Assistance Fund, Dr. Key, who passed away in 2015, left a legacy of support to graduate students enabling them to contribute to the academic conversation in their fields of study in a meaningful way.

We accept applications year round from PhD students in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences for the Key Fund. Funds will be awarded to subsidize significant travel-related research expenses (e.g., registration and/or travel costs to attend a professional meeting, especially one at which you are presenting the results of your research, or the travel costs to conduct research or interviews critical for your thesis or dissertation). Successful applicants will receive awards up to $500.

Please email your completed application to Linda Nathan.

A complete application consists of:

  • A proposal of no more than two pages explaining how the funds will be used. Included in the two pages should be a proposed budget, a brief budget justification, and a summary of other sources of funding that you have obtained or are available.
  • A letter of recommendation from your thesis/dissertation adviser (which must be included at the time of submission).
  • All applications must be submitted as a single pdf file and labeled by last name, first name (ex. Smith, John).