Travel Grants and Fellowships

Please note that there are other, collection-specific research grants, listed below, that are moving forward in Spring 2021.

We will continue to update our site regularly with new information about the opportunities we offer and application deadlines. For more information, you can also contact the Travel to Collections Grant Committee at lib-sasctravel@uflib.ufl.edu.

Current Fellowship Opportunities and Deadlines

Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature, Louise Seaman Betchel Fellowship (Application Deadline: November 15, 2020; up to $7,500)

The Louise Seaman Betchel Fellowship provides up to $7,500 to a qualified children’s librarian from North America to spend up to four weeks reading and studying at the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature. The Baldwin Library is a special collection of 120,000 of children’s literature published from 1668 to present day. The fellowship is endowed in memory of Louise Seaman Betchel. Please note that fellowship winners are chosen by the Association of Library Services to Children, American Library Association.

Center for Latin American Studies, Library Travel Grants (Application Deadline: February 15, 2021; UP TO $1,000)

The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida is offering library access grants for spring and summer 2021 for scholars from qualified U.S. colleges and universities to use the extensive resources of the Latin American and Caribbean Collection. The grants are funded by a Title VI National Resource Center grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Recipients are awarded an average of $1,000 to support travel expenses such as airfare, ground transportation, lodging, and meals.

Future Fellowship Opportunities

Special and Area Studies Collections, Travel to Collections Grants (Postponed until 2021-22)

Travel grants up to $2,500 are available to undertake research in Special and Area Studies Collections. Judging criteria includes prioritization for interdisciplinary research and/or use of more than one collection, and proposals that support a feasible and tangible publication (e.g., an article, dissertation or book chapter). Awardees must travel 100 miles or farther to be eligible.

Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature, Louise Seaman Bechtel Visiting Professorship Travel Program, (Postponed until 2021-2022)

Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature, Louise Seaman Bechtel Visiting Professorship Travel Program, (Postponed until 2021-2022) Travel grants up to $1,500 (US researchers) or $2,500 (international researchers) are available to undertake research in one of the largest collections of Anglo-American children’s literature in the world. Topics on any aspect of children’s literature and childhood studies are welcome as are creative proposals that will use the Baldwin Library as inspiration. Applicants must reside 100 miles or more from Gainesville, Florida.

P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History, Chase Family Grant for Visiting Graduate Scholars (Application Deadline: TBA; Up to $1,000)

The Chase Family Grant is made possible through an endowment made possible by member of the Chase family, pioneers in Florida citrus growing. Its purpose is to allow graduate students to conduct research in the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History or other special collections at the George A. Smathers Library, University of Florida.

Applicants should be enrolled in a graduate program leading to the master’s or doctoral degree and actively engaged in research on Florida history or that incorporates Florida as a major focus. Application is open to all students at institutions of higher learning. Preference will be given to students coming from outside the State of Florida who require onsite access to materials. Awardees are required to spend at least one week (five working days) in Special Collections at the George A. Smathers Libraries. One grant will be made annually for a maximum of $1,000 to help defray travel expenses.