Call for applications: 2019-2020 Research Travel Grant

Call for applications: 2019-2020 Research Travel Grant

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library and the Department of History are pleased to announce a Research Travel Grant to support scholars conducting research in any of the Library’s collections.

The University Library is one of the largest research libraries in the U.S., holding more than 14 million volumes and 24 million other items and materials in all formats, languages, and subjects. Special collections include the papers of literary figures such as Marcel Proust, H.G. Wells, Carl Sandburg and Gwendolyn Brooks, extensive collections relating to the history of science and technology, extraordinary collections of Slavic and East European, and Latin American and Caribbean materials, and a unique collection of sub-Saharan African research materials. Travel grant recipients will also have access to the Library’s digital collections (including journal subscriptions and licensed databases) during their stay.

For more information about the Library’s collections, see:

Travel grants may be used toward round-trip airfare, and accommodations in Urbana-Champaign, IL for up to three weeks.

Eligibility:  Scholars at the graduate and post-doctoral levels who wish to conduct research at the University of Illinois Library are invited to apply. Non-U.S. residents are eligible but should consult with us about possible visa issues before applying.

Obligations: Travel grant recipients must arrange with a local sponsor in a relevant academic department. Recipients of the award are encouraged to present their work publicly to the campus community at the University of Illinois and/or meet informally with faculty and students during their stay.

Travel grant recipients must reside continuously on campus or within a short driving distance during the award period (a minimum of 5 working days).

If a travel grant recipient publishes work resulting from the research visit, the Library will appreciate acknowledgment of the grant’s benefit as well as copies of the publication(s) for our collection.

Deadlines: Applications for 2019-2020 will be accepted until May 1, 2019.

Award period: Visits may be scheduled at any time during the year from June 1 of the year in which the award is made through May 31 of the following year.

Application: Please send the following application components (as email attachments) to

  • Project proposal (no more than three pages) which clearly highlights how the work at the UIUC Library is part of the scholar’s ongoing or future research
  • Updated CV
  • Letter of recommendation from a local scholar in a relevant academic department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Questions about the Research Travel Grant should be directed to

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