SCRC Research Travel Grants Program

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) of William & Mary Libraries is pleased to announce that it will award travel grants to faculty members, graduate students, and/or independent researchers to support research use of its collections. Writers, creative and performing artists, filmmakers, and journalists are welcome to apply.

The SCRC is offering travel grants of maximum $1,500 for researchers 100 miles or more from Williamsburg, VA, and maximum $750 for researchers within 100 miles of Williamsburg, VA. Researchers should specify for which grant they are applying. Recipients may use the funds for more than one trip to the SCRC.

For information on the manuscripts, rare books, and university archives held in the Special Collections Research Center, please visit the SCRC webpage. Strengths of the collections include, but are not limited to, books on dogs, fore-edge painting books, Virginia family papers and libraries, twentieth-century Southern politics, women’s diaries, travel diaries, veterans’ letters, notable alumni, and university history. Prospective applicants are encouraged to discuss their research project and the collections that might support it with Special Collections staff before submitting an application.

About the grant

Eligibility

A successful candidate for the 2024-2025 Travel Scholarship will:

  • Reside beyond a 100-mile radius of Williamsburg, Virginia for the $1,500 grant or within a 100-mile radius of Williamsburg for the $750 grant.
  • 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 collections.
  • Submit a brief budget with anticipated expenses.
  • Commit to schedule their research visit for the 2024-2025 cycle (July 1, 2024 – August 31, 2025).
  • Agree to submit a brief research report (1-2 pages) on their findings and experiences.
  • Consider placing any published work resulting from their research into the William & Mary Institutional Repository.
  • Participate in the intellectual life of the university by making a public presentation of research findings and experiences, meeting with faculty and students who share similar research interests, and/or other engagement activities with the university community. 

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