The John “Bud” Velde Visiting Scholars Program

The John “Bud” Velde Visiting Scholars Program
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The Rare Book & Manuscript Library annually awards stipends of $3,000 to scholars and researchers, unaffiliated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who would like to come and spend a month or so of study with our materials.

The research strengths of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library are manifold. Comprehensive collections support studies in printing and printing history, Renaissance studies, Elizabethan and Stuart life and letters, John Milton and his age, emblem studies, economic history, and works on early science and natural history. The library also houses the papers of such diverse literary figures as Carl Sandburg, H.G. Wells, William Maxwell, and W.S. Merwin.

For further information about this program, how to apply, and to find out more about The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, please visit our Web site at:

Or contact the Public Programs Manager, Dennis Sears:
217 333 7242

Deadline for applications: *2 March 2011*.

Thank you!

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One thought on “The John “Bud” Velde Visiting Scholars Program

  1. I just ran across this post, but this sounds like a tremendous program. Do you know whether other universities offer similar stipends or is this unique to the University of Illinois?

    I spent a few days in Quincy, IL last summer, researching in their Rare Books section, and can only imagine what treasures are available in your archives.

    Congratulations on having such an interesting program!

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