William & Mary Special Collections 2020-2021 Research Travel Grants

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February 3, 2020 to April 3, 2020
Virginia, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Humanities, Public History, Women's & Gender History / Studies

The Special Collections Research Center of William & Mary Libraries is pleased to announce that it will award up to four travel grants of up to $1,500 each to faculty, graduate students, and/or independent researchers to support use of its collections. Writers, creative and performing artists, filmmakers and journalists are welcome to apply for the research travel grants.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to discuss their research project and the collections that might support it with Special Collections staff before submitting an application.


A successful candidate for the 2020-2021 Travel Scholarship will:

Reside beyond a 100-mile radius of Williamsburg, Virginia.

Not be a current William & Mary employee or student.

Submit a research plan that draws heavily on the manuscripts, rare books, and/or university archives in the Special Collections Research Center.

Submit a brief budget with anticipated expenses.

Commit to schedule their research visit for the 2020-2021 cycle (May 1, 2020-April 30, 2021).

Agree to submit a brief research report (1-2 pages) on your findings and experiences.

Consider placing any published work resulting from your research into William & Mary's institutional repository, ScholarWorks.

Participate in the intellectual life of the university by either making a public presentation of research findings and experiences, meeting with faculty and students with similar research interests, or both.


Applications will be evaluated based on:

The merit of the research plan;

The demonstrated need for in-person access to the holdings of the Special Collections Research Center.

How to Apply

To apply for a Research Travel Grant, please submit the following:

A brief research plan (500 words maximum) that describes the proposed project, lists the specific materials to be consulted, and explains how these materials will benefit your research. Please name the document: LastName_FirstName_research_plan.pdf.

A brief budget of anticipated expenses. Please name the document: LastName_FirstName_budget.pdf.

Current curriculum vitae. Please name the document LastName_FirstName_cv.pdf.

Send all application materials by the end of the day on April 3 to spcoll@wm.edu with the email subject line: 2020-2021 Research Travel Grants. Please contact Special Collections staff at spcoll@wm.edu or 757-221-3090 with any questions.

Important Dates

February 3, 2020: Application period opens.

April 3, 2020: All application materials must be received by this date.

April 30, 2020: Successful applicants are notified by email.

May 1, 2020: Grant cycle begins.

April 30, 2021: Deadline for submitting research report.


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Special Collections Research Center


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