Library Research Travel Grants 2009-2010
Guidelines and Application Instructions

Purpose of the Program

The purpose of the Library Research Travel Grants program is to support faculty travel to libraries and collections outside the state of Oregon in order to promote faculty scholarship and instructional expertise. The scholarly work of some faculty members, especially in the liberal arts and sciences, requires that they visit collections within research libraries, rare book collections, specialized archives, libraries that have received donations of the papers of noted individuals, or research libraries with extensive collections in particular areas of study. In these cases, the use of the OSU Libraries or interlibrary loan is not sufficient; the Provost's Office has established a fund to provide faculty members more intensive access to other research collections.

Amount of the Award

Up to $2000 per individual will be granted for travel to out-of-state libraries and collections. The award must be used for the exclusive purpose of helping to defray the scholar's long-distance research travel expenses, which include transportation and per diem expenses only. University standards for computing these expenses must be followed.


All OSU faculty at the professorial ranks with an appointment of 0.5 FTE or more are eligible.

Criteria for Evaluation

The criteria by which applications for Library Research Travel grants will be evaluated are as follows:

Review of Applications

Applications will be evaluated by an OSU Libraries faculty committee.

Grant Period

All grants for a given year (ie: November 2009 through October 2010) are to be used prior to September 30 of the given year.

Final Report

Within three months after travel has been completed, the recipient must submit a brief report to Faye Chadwell with a copy to the recipient's dean and department chairperson. This report should review research completed during the grant period and assess the impact of research findings on the progress of the recipient's research.

Application Checklist

The Library Research Travel Grants program has established two grant periods: November through March and April through October. Applications for travel that will occur between November and March must be made before the fall deadline of October 31. Applications for travel during the period of April – October must be made in the spring and before the deadline of March 31. If the trip had been completed before the deadline, the applicant can compete for reimbursement.

The application must include:

  1. A 2-3 page letter which describes:
    1. Destination and dates of travel
    2. Justification of the need to use the destination library or collection, including a description of the project and potential results of the study
    3. Approximate travel budget.
  2. A vita which includes other grants received and currently held.
  3. A letter of reference from the applicant's department chairperson.

Send applications to: Faye Chadwell, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Content Management, 121 The Valley Library, Campus.

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