The Terra Foundation for American Art Research Travel Grants
The Terra Foundation for American Art Research Travel Grants provide support to doctoral, postdoctoral, and senior scholars from both the US and outside the US for research topics dedicated to the art and visual culture of the United States prior to 1980. The grants foster firsthand engagement with American artworks and art-historical resources; build networks for non-US-based scholars studying American art; and expand access to artworks, scholarly materials, and communities for US-based scholars studying American art in an international context.
The Terra Foundation for American Art Research Travel Grants provide support to doctoral, postdoctoral, and senior scholars from both the US and outside the US for research topics dedicated to the art and visual culture of the United States prior to 1980.
The Terra Foundation prioritizes projects that interrogate and broaden definitions of American art and lends support for projects engaged in transforming or complicating how the story of American art is told. To expand histories of American art, we encourage projects that reflect a commitment to inclusive and equitable research and museum practice; generate new scholarship and interpretive frameworks; employ critical methodologies and innovative models; and/or engage diverse partners and audiences.
The grants foster firsthand engagement with American artworks and art-historical resources; build networks for non-US-based scholars studying American art; and expand access to artworks, scholarly materials, and communities for US-based scholars studying American art in an international context.
This program is subject to change pending COVID-19 travel restrictions.
All application materials (including letters of recommendation) must be submitted in English.
- Applicant information
- A copy or scan of a government-issued picture ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.)
- Two letters of recommendation (for doctoral students, one letter should be from their dissertation advisor or professor)
- A project proposal which includes:
- An overview of the research project, outlining which part of the research is expected to be accomplished during the travel period
- An explanation for why the research requires study in the US/outside of the US, highlighting the archives or other resources to be consulted
- An explanation for the need of the grant to complete the project successfully
- A summary of the anticipated outcomes of the travel period
- A detailed description of the proposed itinerary with destinations and travel dates
- An itemized travel budget
- A curriculum vitae
Projects eligible for consideration meet the following criteria:
- Research topics are dedicated to the art and visual culture of the United States prior to 1980 (i.e. visual art dating from c. 1500 to 1980, made by artists from what is now the geographic area of the United States).
- All visual art categories are eligible except architecture and commercial film/animation. Projects should place objects and practices in an art-historical perspective.
- For projects with transnational or transcultural content, eligibility will be determined on the significance of the topic for US art history.
- Catalogue raisonné projects are not eligible for funding.
Eligible candidates include:
- For research travel grants to the US: doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars (having completed their degrees within the last 5 years), and senior scholars enrolled in or working at universities located outside the US or independent scholars with a PhD residing outside of the US.
- For International research travel grants for US-based Scholars: doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars (having completed their degrees within the last 5 years), and senior scholars enrolled in or working at universities located in the US or independent scholars with a PhD residing in the US.
Note: Candidates that are not based in the country of their institutional affiliation should provide further clarifications on their funding needs.
Unsuccessful candidates may reapply annually as desired. Recipients may not reapply for the same project in subsequent years; however, they may submit a new application for a substantially different project once every four years.
Information about Funding
Up to 25 grants are awarded annually as follows:
- Up to $6,000 per grant for doctoral students from Europe, North America, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand;
- Up to $7,000 per grant for doctoral students from Asia, Africa, and Latin America;
- Up to $9,000 per grant for all postdoctoral and senior scholars.
Grant funds will be disbursed in two installments. The first installment (80% of the total grant) is paid before the recipient’s departure to the United States. The second installment (up to 20% of the total grant) is paid to the recipient after receipt of the final report.
Funds can be used for related transportation, lodging, meals, and research fees and expenses of the Grantee only (not of family, travel companions, etc). They cannot be used for the purchase of computers or other equipment. Book purchases in excess of $500 must be approved by CAA. Applicants can refer to GSA estimates for per diem rates: https://www.gsa.gov/travel/plan-book/per-diem-rates
Final report must be submitted within three months of completion of travel. It should include a description of the travel undertaken as a result of the grant, an assessment of the research accomplished, and a financial report detailing grant expenditures.
Recipients must acknowledge the support of the Terra Foundation in any publication that results from research conducted during the grant.
Travel should be undertaken within one calendar year (June through May) after the announcement of the selection.
- Only an Individual CAA Member ID or non-member CAA ID will allow you to sign into the submission forms. If you do not have an ID, please contact our membership department.
- Institutional Member IDs can not be used to create a submission.
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For travel to the US:
For travel abroad:
The deadline for application materials is January 15, 2022.
This grant was formerly administered by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Past recipients of the award for travel to the US can be found here, and those who received international travel awards can be found here.
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