Travel awards

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Thanks to the generosity of benefactors, the Rothermere American Institute awards at least five travel grants each year for primary research in the United States.

Postgraduate and Undergraduate Travel Awards

Awards are available to Oxford University students writing theses or dissertations in American history, politics or literature.

See the links below for reports from previous recipients of RAI Travel Awards:

How to apply

Postgraduates should set out in their application how an RAI Travel Award would enable them to undertake primary research in support of their Master's or Doctoral thesis. Undergraduates should similarly describe how an award would allow them to conduct primary research in connection with their undergraduate thesis or dissertation.

Applicants should also submit projected costings from a minimum of £200 and up to a maximum of £1,000 per application. Travel and reporting for awards made in 2017 should be completed by the start of 0th week of Trinity Term 2018.

Proposals should be up to 500 words in length, and applicants should also include a  curriculum vitae  of not more than three pages. Preference will be given applicants who have shown a strong commitment to the RAI's activities over the previous year.

The deadline for applications for the 2017-18 academic year has now passed. Applications for 2018-19 will open in 2018.

My research trip to Washington DC has not only been beneficial for my current DPhil research but has opened the door to future collaboration with scholars and practitioners who work on civilian-military co-ordination. I am deeply grateful for the support I have received from the RAI."

Andrea Baumann, RAI travel grant recipient

RAI Travel Grant awards 2017-18

Dominic Barker, D.Phil. in History, Lady Margaret Hall: 'Ronald Reagan and Race: The Evolution of Colour-Blind Conservatism'
Award for archival research at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, California State Archives, and Hoover Institution

Helen Baxendale, D.Phil in Public Policy, University College
Award for interviews and archival research in New York and Los Angeles

Todd Carter, D.Phil in History, University College: ‘“Clinging like barnacles to the old hull of empire”: Race, Rhodesia and the Anglo-American Special Relationship, 1964-1980’
Award for archival research at the US National Archives, UN Archives, Library of Congress, Johnson, Ford and Carter Presidential Libraries

David Crone, B.A. History and Politics, Lady Margaret Hall
Award for archival research at Bob Jones University and Tufts University

Emma Day, D.Phil in History, Pembroke College
Award for archival research in New York and California

Olivia Durand, D.Phil in History, Pembroke College
Award for archival research in Louisiana and Washington, DC

Rivers Gambrell, D.Phil in History, Kellogg College: ‘Pigskin Politicking: The American Presidency and the Changing Politics of Sport’
Award for archival research at the Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan Presidential Libraries, California

Machmud Makhmudov, M.Phil in Politics, Magdalen College: “Publius and Posterity: The Federalist Papers and Contemporary Climate Change Politics”
Award for interviews in New York and Washington, DC

Daniel McAteer, B.A. History, Pembroke College
Award for archival research at Columbia University and the Library of Congress

Christoph Nitschke, D.Phil in History, Keble College: 'The Panics of 1873 and U.S. Foreign Relations'
Award for archival research in Boston, New York and Oklahoma

Mitchell Robertson, D.Phil in History, University College: ‘Nixon’s War on Poverty: How Government Survives’
Award for archival research at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, California

Kate Sim, D.Phil in Information, Communication, and the Social Sciences, Wadham College
Award for interviews and observations in San Francisco and Los Angeles

Annette Stimmer, D.Phil in International Relations, Nuffield College: 'The Outcomes of Norm Contestation'
Award for interviews in New York

Annabel Taswell-Fryer, B.A. History, St Peter's College: 'Monuments to the Nation: American Architecture and Nation-Building in the Long Progressive Era'
Award for archival research in Chicago and New York

Jamie Weiner, M.Phil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies, Wadham College
Award for archival research at the Carter Presidential Library, Georgia

Academic Travel Awards

Thanks to a number of generous donations, the RAI is pleased to invite applications for travel grants to Oxford University academic staff and RAI fellows in support of primary research in American history, politics and international relations, and literature, and the giving of conference papers in these fields.

How to apply

The RAI seeks applications for awards up to a maximum of £1,000 per person. Applications should be no more than 500 words in length and should include detailed projected costings, a brief summary of the archival resources to be consulted or interviews conducted, and the contribution of this research to the applicant’s wider project. Preference will be given to applicants who show how their project will enhance the intellectual life of the RAI.

Travel and reporting for awards made in 2017 should be completed by the end of Trinity Term 2018.

The deadline for applications for the 2017-18 academic year has now passed. Applications for 2018-19 will open in 2018.

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