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Travel Grants

The Center provides opportunities for financial support to faculty who are engaged in individual research that requires visits to libraries, museums, collections, sites, or archives.

Grants for international travel are currently capped at three thousand six hundred ($3600) dollars; awards for domestic travel are capped at two thousand ($2000) dollars.

Deadlines

  • August 31 (fiscal year 19 proposals to be used before July 1 2019)
  • November 16 (fiscal year 19 proposals only to be used before July 1 2019)
  • March 8 (if/for remaining funds in fiscal year 19 to be used before July 1 2019 and fiscal year 2020 to be used after July 1 2019)
  • April 19 (if/for remaining funds in fiscal year 19 and fiscal year 20)

Criteria

The following criteria will guide the Board in its deliberations:

  • Proposed travel must serve the applicant’s current research activities and should contribute to the eventual publication of a piece of scholarship or a creative project.
  • Proposed travel must give the applicant access to relevant resources and experiences available only by means of travel.
  • Proposed travel must be made with a specific goal in mind—for instance, to consult a particular collection or engage in a particular activity. General or exploratory aims will be less likely to garner support than proposals outlining precise outcomes reasonably to be expected.
  • The Center’s support must be acknowledged in the published work and, when possible, in announcements, presentations, and publicity materials connected to it. Please see the acknowledgments page for examples of appropriate formulations of acknowledgment.

Additional Information

In addition to addressing the criteria above, proposals should include an overview of the research project to be served by the proposed travel, and must include the applicant’s current curriculum vitae. A detailed itinerary and projected budget is required.

Because travel grants are a relatively costly way of advancing research, the Board of the Center awards only a few each year, depending on the funds available each year, the programmatic priorities established each year, and the number and size of requests received.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the Director of the Center well in advance of submitting a proposal. Preliminary inquiries may be emailed to humanities.center@drake.edu.

Applications should be submitted via email as attachments in a standard document format to humanities.center@drake.edu.

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