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.
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 £2,000 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 2016-17
Robin Adams, D.Phil. in Economic & Social History, St Peter’s College: ‘Shadow of a Taxman: How, and by whom, was the Republican Movement Financed in the Irish War of Independence (1919-21)?’
Award for archival research in New York.
Jonathan Askonas, D.Phil. in International Relations, St Cross College: ‘Closed Loop: Structural Sources of Epistemic Closure in the American Military’
Award for archival research in Washington, DC.
Joseph Barrett, M.Phil. in Economic & Social History, New College: ‘Empowering the Poor to Reduce Poverty: American and British Compensatory Education and Community Action Programs in the 1960s and 1970s’
Award for archival research in Washington, DC and Philadelphia.
Jennifer Bright, D.Phil. in Social Policy, Balliol College.
Award for conducting interviews in New York and Washington, DC.
Camilla Chen, D.Phil. in English, St Edmund Hall: ‘The tiny, the miniature, and the small in modern poetics’
Award for research at the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia.
Jurrit Daalder, D.Phil. in English, Mansfield College: ‘Straight from the Heartland: New Sincerity and the American Midwest’
Award for research at the Special Collections and Archives of San Diego State University.
Jane Dinwoodie, D.Phil. in History, Lincoln College: ‘Beyond Removal: Indians, States, and Sovereignties in the American South, c.1812-1860’
Award for research in the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library Special Collections, Tulane University.
Jack Doyle, D.Phil. in History, St Hilda’s College: ‘The “aviator myth”: British, French, and American First World War fighter pilots as combatants and cultural icons’
Award for archival research in New York City, Philadelphia, and Boston.
Rivers Gambrell, D.Phil. in History, Kellogg College: ‘Football, Flags, and Flyovers: American Nationalism and the Violent Spectacle of the NFL’
Award for research at the Ralph Wilson Jr. Research and Preservation Center in Canton, Ohio.
Louis Halewood, D.Phil. in History, Merton College: ‘Naval co-operation and competition between Britain, France, Italy, and the United States, 1914-1922’
Award for research at the National Archives, Library of Congress, and Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library.
Olivia Hepsworth, B.A. in History, Hertford College: ‘Our Bodies Ourselves and changing views of women's sexuality, 1973-1984’
Award for research in the records of the Boston Women’s Health Collective at the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard.
Christoph Nitschke, D.Phil. in History, Keble College: ‘America in a world of crisis: The Panic of 1873 and U.S. foreign relations’
Award for research at the the National Archives in Washington, DC.
Mike Norton, D.Phil. in Politics, Nuffield College
Award for archival research in Washington, DC.
John Shepherd, B.A. in History, Pembroke College
Award for archival research in Chicago.
Jenny Venables, B.A. in History and Politics, Pembroke College
Award for archival research in Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Annapolis.
Nina Yancy, D.Phil. in Politics, University College: ‘Class along the Color Line: White Americans’ Beliefs about Race and Inequality’
Award for archival research in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Sarah Yerima, M.Phil. in Comparative Government, New College: ‘The Other Price of the Ticket: Respectability Politics, Strategy, and Exclusion in the American Civil Rights Movement’
Award for archival research in Detroit, New York, and Washington, DC.
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.
Applicants should submit their proposal by email to the Travel Grants Committee, Rothermere American Institute, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications for the 2017/18 academic year (including the summer vacation of 2017) is 12 noon on Monday, 15 May 2017.