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Research Travel Grants

photo of Carnegie LibraryThe Research Travel Grants are one of three scholarship categories offered by the CSHL Center for Humanities & History of Modern Biology. These fellowships of up to $1000 are intended to defray the cost of visiting the collections in the CSHL Library and Archives. Please see descriptions of the CSHL collections at the Archives homepage and consult detailed finding aids on CSHL ArchivesSpace.

Applications may be submitted at any time. They will be considered on an ongoing basis.

Application Form (pdf)

Award Benefits

The Research Travel Grants are intended to encourage and support use of the CSHL collections. They award up to $1,000 (USD) to each recipient for reimbursement of direct costs associated with doing research in residence at CSHL. While here, grant recipients will have support from our team of archivists, librarians, and historians. If space permits, they will be eligible to rent on-campus accommodation during their stay.

Who is Eligible?

The fellowship is open to scholars (at any career stage), journalists, writers, filmmakers, and creative artists with promising projects that would illuminate material in the CSHL collections.

Application Deadline

Applications may be submitted at any time. They will be considered on an ongoing basis.

How to Apply

The application package must include the following:

  1. A completed application form (pdf).
  2. A research proposal (see below for detailed instructions).
  3. A brief budget statement showing the expenses for which support is requested.
  4. A curriculum vitae. Please include education and employment history, dates of study, areas of study, previous publications, and previous or current fellowships, grants, and awards.

Please submit applications electronically via email to Attach all documents in .pdf, .doc, or .docx formats, with a brief covering letter in the body of the email. Please format the subject line of your email as “Research Travel Grant application – [Your Name]”

About the Research Proposal

In a maximum of 1000 words, the proposal should explain your research question or objective, the types of sources you intend to use, and the significance of the proposed research to your scholarly trajectory and to your discipline or field. The proposal must identify specific items or record groups you would use at the CSHL Library and Archives.

Please submit your proposal in double-spaced 12-point font.

Selection Criteria

We seek original, ambitious proposals that demonstrate the likely relevance of CSHL collections to the project. Potential applicants are encouraged to learn more about the collections by contacting CSHL archivists before applying.

At the conclusion of their visit, Research Travel Grant recipients will be asked to:

  • provide CSHL with a report on the results of their research;
  • acknowledge the grant in all publications which result from their research;
  • notify CSHL of any publication or other creative expression
  • resulting in whole or in part from the grant.
Year Recipient Research Title
2023 Vineet Bafna
U.C. San Diego
Barbara McClintock on Genome Rearrangements
2023 Karl-Oskar Gustafsson
Stockholm Academy of Fine Arts
Barbara & The Jumping Genes
2023 Kathryn Maxson-Jones
Purdue University
Documenting the History of Genomics
2023 Sandra Erbacher
Pratt Institute
Invasive Species and Immigration
2023 Miguel Garcia-Sancho
University of Edinburgh
Twin Tracks in the History of Genomics: A Comparison of the Attendee Lists of the Chromosome Mapping Workshops and the CSHL Meetings on the Human Genome Project.
2022 Matt Wilder
University of Toronto
Institutions, Incentives and Innovation: The Case of Biogen
2022 Rachel Bailey
University of Georgia
The Human Genome Project as American Scientific Exceptionalism
2022 Robin Scheffler
2021 Sean M. Scally
Central Michigan University
Only the Dregs Will Be Left: Eugenic Masculinities in Britain and the United States, c. 1890-1920
2021 Susan Swanberg
University of Arizona
The Rise & Fall of Davenport’s Dream: The De-funding of the Eugenics Record Office
2019 Megan Hines
Stony Brook University
Art and Biotech: Bay Area Networks, 1965-85
2019 Dana von Suffrin
Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, Institute for History of Science
Cooperation and Competition: The Human Genome Organization, c. 1988-2000
2019 Jake Nabasny
University of Buffalo
The Epistemology of Eugenics
2017 Keith Burridge
University of North Carolina
The Messenger: A Play About the Discovery of Messenger RNA
2017 Pietra Diwan Global Science: Transnational Knowledge in the Eugenics Records Office in the 20th Century
2017 Alison Kraft
University of Nottingham, UK
The Walter B. James Lab: A Case Study of Biophysics in the Interwar Period
2017 Helen Muller
University of New Mexico
The Papers and Letters of My Father, Hermann Joseph Muller