Grant-in-Aid Awards

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The Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRCA) offers Grant-in-Aid Awards to support a visit in order to conduct research in our collections. Awards are available through co-sponsorship from the Immigration History Research Center and the IHRCA through the ethnic and general funds. 

This award is open to scholars of all levels, including independent scholars, and supports a research visit of 5 days or more. Typically, awards are for $1,000, and four awards are given each year. The application is due June 1 of each year, and we aim to inform all applicants of their application status by July 1 of same year. The research visit is to occur within the next 12 months.

Grant-in-Aid Awards are intended to help defray expenses of scholars who are based outside of the Minneapolis-St. Paul (MN, USA) metro area.

The award is open to international scholars.

Awards are made on a competitive basis, and for research specific to the IHRCA’s collections.

The Immigration History Research Center Archives collaborates with partner Immigration History Research Center, and is an internationally-known archives centered on im/migration to the United States from the latter 19th century to current refugee migrations. Key areas of coverage include European and Near Eastern immigrants (1880-1930) and 20th-century refugees, such as Displaced Persons after World War II and more recent Southeast Asian, African, and other forced migrations. The IHRCA provides access to collections of fraternal organization records, personal papers, and immigrant and refugee assistance organization materials, as well as ethnic print collections. The IHRCA is part of Archives and Special Collections of the University Libraries. 

Details and Availability & Terms of Award:

Prior to submitting an application, consult the IHRCA website at to learn about collections and consult with staff via to confirm material availability and relevance to proposed projects; pertinent IHRCA holdings are a required element of the application.

Researchers receiving an IHRCA Grant-in-Aid Award will be expected to: be in residence for 5 working days or more; acknowledge the IHRCA and receipt of the award in any resulting presentations and publication; donate a copy of resulting print publications; and participate in the IHRC Global REM (Race, Ethnicity and Migration) or IHRCA Research in Progress lecture series, or write a blog post regarding their research visit. A photo, brief biography, and project description for promotional purposes will be required upon acceptance of the award.

The award is for travel and research-related expenses, for work in any IHRCA collection/s, and must be used in the next University fiscal year (July-June of the following year). 

We are not able to provide visa assistance to our international applicants.

Please note that the award is payable in US funds only; funds are distributed post-visit, based upon receipts provided.

Who May Apply? Students and scholars who live outside the Minneapolis - St. Paul (MN) metro area and who need to do research in the IHRCA collections.

Selection Criteria:

-Demonstrated connection between research needs and specific collections at the IHRCA.

-Language proficiency (for projects requiring sources in languages other than English; please consult an archivist).

Application Materials:

-Application letter of approximately two pages including estimated dates of residency; description of research project including goals, framework and preliminary thesis; collections to be consulted; and estimated budget.

-Current curriculum vitae.

-Names and contact information for two references.

Applications must be received by June 1st to, Attn: Grant-in-Aid Committee OR received at the IHRCA office via postal mail by June 1st (mail to postal address: IHRCA Grant-in-Aid Committee, Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota, 311 Andersen Library, 222 - 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA).

Previous Grant in Aid award recipients