Travel for Scholarship or Creative Activity in the Humanities

Overview

The Center provides opportunities for financial support to faculty who are engaged in individual research that requires visits to libraries, museums, collections or archives in locations outside of Des Moines, Iowa. Grants for international travel are currently capped at three thousand six hundred ($3600) dollars; awards for domestic travel are capped at two thousand ($2000) dollars.

Deadlines: For travel in the Fall semester, review begins March 1; For travel in the Spring semester, review begins November 1; for travel in the Summer, applicantions must be submitted by April 1. The Board does not deliberate on proposals between May 1 and September 1.

Criteria

The following criteria will guide the Board in its deliberations:

• Proposed travel must serve the applicant’s current research activities and should contribute to the eventual publication of a piece of scholarship or a creative project.

• Proposed travel must give the applicant access to relevant resources and experiences available only by means of travel.

• Proposed travel must be made with a specific goal in mind—for instance, to consult a particular collection or engage in a particular activity. General or exploratory aims will be less likely to garner support than proposals outlining precise outcomes reasonably to be expected.

• The Center’s support must be acknowledged in the published work and, when possible, in announcements, presentations, and publicity materials connected to it. Please see the acknowledgments page for examples of appropriate formulations of acknowledgment.

Additional Information

In addition to addressing the criteria above, proposals should include an overview of the research project to be served by the proposed travel, and must include the applicant’s current curriculum vitae. A detailed itinerary and projected budget is required.

Because travel grants are a relatively costly way of advancing research, the Board of the Center awards only a few each year, depending on the funds available each year, the programmatic priorities established each year, and the number and size of requests received.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the Director of the Center well in advance of submitting a proposal. Preliminary inquiries may be emailed to humanities.center@drake.edu.

Applications should be submitted via email as attachments in a standard document format (Rich-Text Format, Word, or PDF) to humanities.center@drake.edu.