Funding Opportunities

Funding for Graduate Travel to Research Collections

Funding for Graduate Travel to Research Collections

Graduate students who wish to travel to libraries or other archives for their research can apply for funding from the Center for American Literary Studies. Awards will be made for up to $350 per request, and will be made for work in the field of American literary studies, broadly defined. Awards will be granted as funds allow; each student may only apply once per academic year. Applications should be made before travel occurs. Grants may not be used for conference travel.

Graduate students are eligible for CALS grants only if the given project is not already supported by the English department; in turn, projects under current or past funding from the department will not be eligible for CALS grants. There is no restriction, however, on a student holding separate awards from the Center and the department

How to Apply

To apply for a grant to support travel to research collections, graduate students should submit a one-page statement to CALS Director Sean Goudie that includes the following information. Applications are due on October 15 and April 15 of each year and should be signed by the student’s dissertation advisor or by another qualified faculty member.

  • Library or archive to be used
  • Nature and scope of research
  • Projected outcome (i.e., dissertation chapter, article, seminar paper, etc.)
  • Estimated budget
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Justin Smith, a past CALS Graduate Research Assistant and recipient of CALS travel funding, has accepted a position at Randolph-Macon College, where he will serve as an Assistant Professor of English and Black Studies. Congratulations, Justin, on this fantastic job market success!

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Sabrina Evans, winner of the 2022 CALS Summer Graduate Fellowship, has accepted a faculty position at Howard University, where she will serve as an Assistant Professor of English specializing in African American Literature. Howard is home to the Moorland Spingarn Research Center, whose archives are central to Sabrina's research. Congratulations, Sabrina, on this outstanding job market success!