Grants and Initiatives

Photo of the Presidential TimelineThe Presidential Timeline Project

The Presidential Timeline Project is a collaboration among the LBJ Foundation, UT’s College of Education, NARA, and the thirteen presidential libraries. The timeline is an interactive web resource for exploring the U.S. presidents from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush. The site includes audio and video clips, photos, original documents, and curriculum materials for teachers. It is made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and U.S. Department of Education.


The Lady Bird Johnson Environmental Award

The Lady Bird Johnson Environmental Award honors outstanding achievements in the preservation, restoration or improvement of the natural world that embrace Mrs. Johnson's style, energy and commitment to her work. It salutes the efforts of Americans who are making a positive impact on the environment by successfully collaborating with communities and engaging others in their mission by reaching out to diverse sectors.

The award was created by the Board of Trustees of the LBJ Foundation to honor the former First Lady on her 80th birthday and to underscore her devotion to conservation and the environment. Former recipients include Senator John Chafee, Laurance Rockefeller, Patrick Noonan, and Michael Dombeck.

On April 29, 2014, the LBJ Foundation presented former Secretary of the Interior and Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt with the Lady Bird Johnson Environmental Award. The award ceremony took place at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. Nominated by the Conservation Lands Foundation, Babbitt has been a passionate and tireless advocate for land and water conservation and is, perhaps, best remembered by American schoolchildren for bringing the wolves back to Yellowstone National Park.

Watch a video of the award presentation.

Harry Middleton Lectureship

Elizabeth Crook

Lady Bird Johnson established the Harry Middleton Lectureship in 1994 to honor the career, loyalty, and legacy of Mr. Middleton, who served in the Johnson administration and as director of the LBJ Library for 30 years. 

The lectureship was designed to attract and enrich the learning experiences of UT students and the Austin community. Speakers include former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, Presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Tom Brokaw, and playwright and film director David Mamet. Last year's Harry Middleton Lecturer was award-winning author Elizabeth Crook on September 9, 2014.

Hank AaronTom Johnson Lectureship

The Tom Johnson Lectureship was established in 2010 in recognition of and appreciation for Mr. Johnson’s 30 years of distinguished service as chairman of the LBJ Foundation Board of Trustees. Mr. Johnson served as executive assistant to President Johnson and, later, as president and chairman of CNN.  Veteran journalist Bill Moyers delivered the first Tom Johnson Lectureship in November 2011. These lectures are free and open to the public. This year's Tom Johnson Lecturer was baseball legend Hank Aaron on January 22, 2015.

Moody Research Grants and Harry Middleton Fellowships

The LBJ Foundation awards Moody Research Grants, underwritten by the Moody Foundation of Galveston, to graduate students, teachers, writers, and others to conduct research at the LBJ Library. The Harry Middleton Fellowships in Presidential Studies support scholars researching presidential policy. The LBJ Foundation appropriates $60,000 for Moody grants and $10,000-$12,000 for Middleton fellowships annually. The Foundation congratulates our spring 2015 Middleton fellow, Amanda Joan Rothschild.

Ms. Rothschild is a Ph.D. student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her dissertation, To Liberate Mankind: An Examination of U.S. Responses to Mass Killings 1820 – 1995, examines the United States' responsiveness to mass killings over the past 200 years, focusing on eleven presidential administrations in response to six major cases of violent mass killing. Her research addresses the questions of what determines U.S. policy regarding mass killings and the role of individual presidents and other government leaders in shaping that policy.

D. B. Hardeman Prize

The D.B. Hardeman Prize is awarded for the best book on the U.S. Congress, from the fields of biography, history, journalism, and political science. Mr. Hardeman, a dedicated student of and avid collector of books about the Congress, was a long-time assistant to legendary Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn of Texas. Submissions are judged on the basis of five criteria: (1) contribution to scholarship, (2) contribution to the public's understanding of Congress, (3) literary craftsmanship, (4) originality, and (5) depth of research.

The members of the national selection committee include: Senator Tom Daschle; Lee Hamilton, director of The Center on Congress; Thomas Mann of The Brookings Institution; Leslie Sanchez of Impacto Group; Clay Smith of Kirkus Media; Jeremi Suri of The University of Texas at Austin; and Jason Casellas and Nancy Beck Young of The University of Houston. Previous winners include Robert Caro, David Oshinsky, and Frances Lee. View a complete list of winners here.

The recipient of the 26th D.B. Hardeman Prize is Congressional Parties, Institutional Ambition, and the Financing of Majority Control, by Eric S. Heberlig and Bruce A. Larson. The LBJ Foundation presented the $10,000 prize to Professors Heberlig and Larson on October 20, 2014, at the LBJ Presidential Library, during a program co-hosted with the Bipartisan Policy Center, "Mastering the Congress: Political Reform 50 Years After the Great Society."

For more information, contact Samantha Stone, deputy director, at or (512) 232-2280.

LBJ Liberty & Justice for All Award

The LBJ Liberty & Justice for All Award honors the vision of Lyndon Baines Johnson's presidency and the transformative laws that gave it life: a belief that every citizen should share in the benefits and blessings of the privileges and protections that lie at the heart of the American dream. President Johnson envisioned and devoted his life to creating a nation of justice and liberty, where everyone had the opportunity to rise, and those in need would not fail. His legislative achievements shaped the next half century of our national history, and his legacy endures to benefit future generations of Americans – the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Fair Housing Act of 1968, Head Start, Medicare, Medicaid, Job Corps, the Clean Air Act, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Humanities, and many more. President Johnson saw his mission as "at once the oldest and most basic in this country: to right wrong, to do justice, to serve man."

The LBJ Foundation created the Award to recognize and honor individuals who, in their own unique way, have expanded the opportunities for all of our citizens and carried forward the legacy of President Johnson.

The 2014 recipients (pictured above) were Congressman John Dingell and Senator Carl Levin, in recognition of their leadership in public service and commitment to civil rights.

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