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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

Spring 2021: The Board will meet on the first Friday of each month in spring 2021. Please submit funding requests one week in advance of any given meeting, to ensure consideration. Spring deadlines fall on Jan. 29, Feb. 26, March 26, and Apr. 30.

In general, faculty should plan to request funding in advance of upcoming expenditures, and requests for retroactive funding should be avoided. However, faculty may inquire with the Director if extenuating circumstances arise. Faculty who apply for grants to cover expenses already made assume the risk that the expenses will not be approved or reimbursed. In the case of retroactive requests for funding, these must be submitted by the next Board meeting immediately following the purchase. Requests for funding submitted at any later meeting after the purchase date will not be considered.   

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 leah.kalmanson@drake.edu.

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

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