University of Illinois at Chicago Short-term Travel Fellowships (Summer 2016) for external researchers – DEADLINE EXTENDED

The University Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is now offering Short-term Travel Fellowships to further research using the holdings of Special Collections and University Archives at the Richard J. Daley Library and the Library of the Health Sciences.

Special Collections at the Daley Library houses collections of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and artifacts with a focus on the social, political, and cultural history of Chicago. The strengths of the manuscript collection include the history of the Hull-House settlement; A Century of Progress World’s Fair; Chicago design history; Midwest women’s history; and the history of African Americans in Chicago. Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago Special Collections documents Chicago’s rich history as a center for the education and practice of the medical arts. The University Archives at both locations is the depository for historical records of UIC and contains selected papers of prominent faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

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FIELD OF STUDY: All academic disciplines are eligible.

ELIGIBILITY: The award is open to individual researchers, teachers, and writers of any nationality to do research in Special Collections and University Archives. Preference given to those applicants who might make best use of UIC political manuscript collections. Applicants must live outside of the Chicago metropolitan area and more than 100 miles from the UIC campus.

AWARD: $3,000 – $6,000. Stipends will be $3,000 per month for a maximum of two months between June 1 and August 31, 2016. The stipend will be paid in two installments – one before travel and one after the fellow submits the midterm report. Up to three Fellowships will be awarded.

DEADLINE: April 1, 2016 

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS: Fellows are required to submit a midterm report and final report.

APPLICATIONS: A completed application consists of the following components:

  1. A cover letter describing your research topic and preferred dates of the fellowship (during June and August 2016)
  2. Statement of purpose (300-500 words):  Explain the nature of your project and the sources you expect to use at UIC
  3. Proposed outcome of research (100 to 200 words): Briefly explain how this fellowship will aid in the completion of your project
  4. Budget – list planned expenditures including transportation, housing, meals.
  5. Curriculum vitae
  6. Letter of recommendation evaluating your proposed project. (The letter may be sent separately, but please include the name, email address, and affiliation of the person writing the recommendation.)


Electronic submissions only:

Library Human Resources

The University of Illinois at Chicago


Incomplete applications will not be processed. Applications will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary committee and will be announced in May.


For questions regarding the fellowship, contact Sonia Yaco, head of UIC Special Collections and University Archives