The Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRCA) offers Grants In Aid  awards of up to $500 to assist graduate students, independent and other scholars traveling to conduct research for at least one week (five research days) at the IHRC Archives.
Program detail

  • The post-doctoral Grant In Aid supports a two-week residency (ten research days) while conducting research in the collections. Those applying for the post-doctoral Grant In Aid must clearly indicate their qualifications for the award in a letter of application. The deadline for post-doctoral Grants in Aid also is June 1, 2014.
  • Grant in Aid Awards are intended to help defray expenses of visiting graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, faculty and independent scholars from the U.S. and abroad, who travel from locations outside of the Twin Cities to conduct research in the IHRCA’s collections.
  •  Awards are available through the generosity of donors to the IHRCA’s ethnic and general funds, as well as the director’s research fund. Awards are made on a competitive basis and for research specific to the IHRCA’s collections. IHRCA holdings to be consulted must be indicated in the application.

Worth of Award

  • Awards may be made for up to $500 to assist with travel and research-related expenses associated with a research residency at the IHRCA of not less than one week  (5 research days).
  • Post-doctoral scholars may seek and be awarded an additional amount of up to $500 (to total a maximum award of up to $1,000) to assist with travel and research-related expenses associated with a research residency at the IHRCA of not less than two weeks (10 research days).
  • Applications requesting less than $500 (or $1,000) will receive equal consideration.
  • Graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, faculty, and independent scholars, in the U.S. or internationally, who live more than a day’s drive from the Twin Cities and who need to do research in the IHRCA collections.


Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated connection between research needs and specific collections at the IHRCA
  • Language proficiency (for projects requiring sources in languages other than English)
  • Preference for newer scholars (and graduate students), international scholars, and the use of the following collections: Czech/Slovak, Estonian, Finnish, Greek, Italian, Latvian, Polish, and Refugee-Related Materials.

Required Application Materials

  • Application letter of no more than two pages with estimated dates of residency, description of research project and collections to be consulted, and estimated budget.
  • If applying for a post-doctoral award of up to $1,000, state intention and include qualifications.
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information (including email) for two references
  • All applications must be sent to application materials to [email protected], OR to the following postal address

IHRC Grant in Aid Committee
Immigration History Research Center Archives
University of Minnesota
311 Andersen Library
222 – 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Deadline:  Application closes on June 1, 2014

Click here for details and to apply online