The Terra Foundation offers Doctoral and Postdoctoral Research Travel Grants to enable scholars outside the United States to consult research resources that are only available within the United States. These grants provide support for doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars to travel for research on topics concerning American art and visual culture prior to 1980. Applications are judged competitively on an annual basis.
Grant funding is available for short-term travel that gives scholars:
- An opportunity to discover new source material;
- Experience works of art first-hand in museums and private collections;
- Make contact with artists, curators, and art dealers;
- Consult local archives and library collections; and
- Establish professional networks for future research.
Applications are due January 15, 2013, and awards will be announced in May 2013. Download the doctoral and postdoctoral research travel grant applications.
The foundation only accepts proposals from doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars (those who received their degree within ten years of the application deadline) outside the United States.
Awarded grants and distribution of funds :
Six to nine grants are awarded annually: up to $6,000 per grant for doctoral students and up to $9,000 per grant for postdoctoral scholars. Grant funds will be disbursed in two installments. The first installment (80% of the total grant) will be paid before the recipient’s departure to the United States. The second installment (up to 20% of the total grant) will be paid to the recipient after receipt of the required final report. The travel should be undertaken within one calendar year after the announcement of the selection results. The final report must be submitted within three months of completion of travel. The report 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. The recipients must acknowledge the support of TFAA in any publication that results from the research conducted during the grant.
View the complete list of past research travel grant recipients.