Travel awards

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 Travel Awards

The Rothermere American Institute is pleased to announce the availability of at least five travel grants to allow postgraduate students to conduct primary research in the United States. Awards are available to Oxford University postgraduates writing theses in American history, politics and international relations, and literature.

How to apply

Applicants 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.

They 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 2018 should be completed by the start of 0th week of Trinity Term 2019.

Proposals should be of a maximum of 500 words in length and applicants should also include a curriculum vitae of no more than three pages. Preference will be given applicants who have shown a strong commitment to the RAI’s activities over the previous year.

Applicants should submit three copies of their proposal to the Travel Grants Committee, Rothermere American Institute, 1a South Parks Road, OX1 3UB, and to follow this up with an electronic copy to enquiries@rai.ox.ac.uk.

The next deadline for submission of applications will be in April 2019.

Undergraduate Travel Awards

The Rothermere American Institute is pleased to announce the availability of at least five travel grants to allow undergraduate students to conduct primary research in the United States. Awards are available to Oxford University undergraduates writing dissertations in American history, politics and international relations, and literature.

How to apply

Applicants should set out in their application how an RAI Travel Award would enable them to undertake primary research in support of their undergraduate dissertation. Proposals should be no more than 500 words in length. Applicants should also include a curriculum vitae of no more than three pages and submit projected costings from a minimum of £200 up to a maximum of £1,000 per application.

Travel and reporting for awards made in 2018 should be completed by the start of 0th week of Trinity Term 2019.

Applicants should submit three copies of their proposal to the Travel Grants Committee, Rothermere American Institute, 1a South Parks Road, OX1 3UB, and to follow this up with an electronic copy to enquiries@rai.ox.ac.uk.

The next deadline for submission of applications will be in May 2019.

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.

The RAI seeks applications for awards of up to a maximum of £1,000 per person. Applications should be of a maximum of 500 words 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 those applicants who show how their project will enhance the intellectual life of the RAI.

Travel and reporting for awards made in 2018 should be completed by the end of Trinity Term 2019.

Applicants should submit their proposal by electronic copy to the Travel Grants Committee, Rothermere American Institute, at enquiries@rai.ox.ac.uk.

The next deadline for submission of applications will be in May 2019.

RAI-Gilder Lehrman Fellows' Awards

In partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (GLI), the leading non-profit organisation for history education for schools and the general public, the RAI is able to offer special awards each year for research in archives in the New York area.

The RAI-Gilder Lehrman Fellows' awards are open to undergraduate and graduate students. Awardees will receive the RAI's travel award as described above; in addition, the GLI will aim to provide free access to the New-York Historical Society, the digital archive of the Gilder Lehrman Collection, and use of a desk if/as available at the Institute's offices on W. 45th St., New York. GLI will also advise awardees on visiting speakers and programmes on American history across New York City and offer them information about archives in NYC as well as introductions, as appropriate, to curators and historians in their field of research.

Should the awardees' research visits to New York coincide with one of the five major annual award presentations sponsored by the GLI (Frederick Douglass Book Prize; George Washington Prize; Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize; Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History; National History Teachers of the Year Awards), they would be welcome to attend as a guest.

There is no special application process for the RAI-Gilder Lehrman awards. Applicants should apply for a postgraduate or undergraduate award as above, and recipients of the RAI-Gilder Lehrman awards will be selected from among the successful candidates.

 

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 Award grants 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: 'The Recent Politics of School Education Policymaking in the United States'
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: 'Ethnicity in the Christian Right Movement'
Award for archival research at Bob Jones University and Tufts University

Emma Day, D.Phil in History, Pembroke College: 'The AIDS Epidemic in the United States between 1980 and 2016'

Award for archival research at the New York Public Library, the Center for LGBT Studies, the LGBT Community Center, and the Lesbian Herstory Archives, New York

Olivia Durand, D.Phil in History, Pembroke College: 'A Comparison of Early 19th Century American Expansionism and Tsarist Russia’s Colonization and Settlement of the Provinces of New Russia'
Award for archival research at the Historic New Orleans Collection, New Orleans Public Library, and Tulane University archives, and in 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 at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School, New York, and in Washington, DC.

Daniel McAteer, B.A. History, Pembroke College: 'Racial Discourse within the American Academy during World War Two'
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: 'Digital Technology and Sexual Violence'
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 at the United Nations 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 at the University of Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Avery Architecture & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University, New York.

Jamie Weiner, M.Phil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies, Wadham College: 'The Domestic and International Politics of President Jimmy Carter’s Brokering of Israel-Egypt Peace'
Award for archival research at the Carter Presidential Library, Georgia

Reports

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

 

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