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Visiting Scholars Program

This grant provides financial support for on-campus research in the Congressional Archives and is available to any serious scholar. Primary emphasis is placed on research proposals centered on the U.S. Congress and its members, but given the wide-ranging subject matter of the archival holdings other topics will be considered.

Scholars of history and political science pursuing postdoctoral research are especially encouraged to apply. Monographs and journal articles will receive primary emphasis for funding, and theses and dissertations will receive serious consideration. This grant strives to open the archival holdings to as wide an audience as possible and no serious researcher will be excluded from consideration.

Grants range up to $1000. There is a $500 limit for graduate students. In return for accepting support, each grantee is required to include appropriate acknowledgment in any work produced with the assistance of this support. Second, a copy of each resulting published work must be forwarded in a timely fashion to the Center.

This grant is meant to defray travel costs incurred during a personal visit to the archives, which generally include travel, lodging, and photocopies. Funds may not be used to employ proxy researchers. Visiting Scholars will be reimbursed for expenses based upon receipts supplied after the research visit. Researchers are limited to one funded proposal every three years and priority is given to those not previously funded.

Research Proposal Guidelines

No standard form is needed for applications. Instead, please remit the following documents to the Center.
  • A description of the research proposal in one thousand words or less
  • A personal vita
  • An explanation of how the Center's resources will be used in the research, including a list of specific materials to be examined (collection names, box numbers, folder titles)
  • A budget proposal
  • A letter of reference from an established scholar in the discipline attesting to the significance of the research

The Archives staff can collaborate with potential applicants in formulating and developing their proposals and suggesting in general terms materials or collections that are potentially useful. Applicants unfamiliar with our holdings should look at the collection descriptions or use our search engine to search by topic across collections.

Applications will not be considered until all required documents have been submitted. Applications are accepted any time and can be mailed to:

Carl Albert Center
630 Parrington Oval, Room 101
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK 73019

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