Bowling Green State – Archives Travel Grant

Deadline: May 31, 2024

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The Center for Archival Collections (CAC), one of the Special Collections units in the University Libraries at Bowling Green State University (BGSU), offers annually up to three competitive Research Travel Grants to support researchers who plan to spend at least five full working days using collections held by the CAC. The award is intended to promote and support original scholarly or creative work and to defray the costs of travel to and residence in Bowling Green, not to exceed $1,500 per award. 


Anyone – including but not limited to faculty, students, public historians, visual and performing artists, and independent researchers – who wishes to pursue a Research Travel Grant may apply, regardless of academic status or affiliation. The Research Travel Grant requires the onsite use of at least one the CAC’s collections, in any area, including the University Archives, Northwest Ohio Collections, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, National Student Affairs Archives, and Rare Books. The research visit should result in a creative or scholarly product that will be shared with the public.

All applicants must be over the age of 18; reside beyond a 100-mile radius of Bowling Green, OH; and may not be current BGSU students or employees.

Application process

Applications should consist of:

  • A cover sheet containing the following information: name, rank/title, mailing address, email address, phone number, the title of the project, projected dates of travel, and the total amount of funding requested. Please note, when planning travel dates, that the hours for CAC are weekdays, 8AM-5PM. The CAC is not open on weekends or evenings and may have special hours during semester breaks and for holidays. Grants will be made for any amount up to the maximum amount allowed per grant ($1,500) (1 page);
  • A narrative description of the project, including an explanation of how onsite use of collections is essential to successful completion of the project. Specify which collections will be used; the projected timeline, including approximate dates of travel; expected outcome(s) of the research, and how it will be made available (for example: publication of a book or journal article, thesis/dissertation, conference presentation, development of a course, etc.) (1-2 pages);
  • A budget for travel, lodging, meals, and other expenses for which the applicant is requesting reimbursement (1 page); and
  • CV, resume, artist statement, or other supporting documentation that lists or summarizes your relevant experience, education, accomplishments, or work (3 pages maximum).
  • For student applicants, please include a letter of recommendation from an advisor, thesis director, professor, or mentor who is a good judge of the student’s work (1-2 pages)

Please send all materials as email attachments to Michelle Sweetser, with “Research Travel Grants” in the subject line. Questions about the grants may also be addressed to the same address.

The deadline for applications is May 31, 2024. Grants will be awarded for travel between July 1, 2024 and June 30, 2025.

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