Fund your research

Archives and Special Collections are open by appointment only, limited to UMN affiliates. Appointments must be made one week in advance of your visit. Contact ascref@umn.edu or the curator of the collecting area you wish to use for assistance. We continue to provide scans of requested research materials when possible, especially for our non-campus clientele.

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Dr. Linda Mack Schloff research award fund

Funds of up to $1,400 are available for researchers looking to use the materials of the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives. This scholarship, provided via the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest (JHSUM), allows visiting scholars assistance in funding for research at the Elmer L. Andersen Library. Funds may be used for transportation, lodging, meals, research costs, and other incidental expenses. The fellowship is available for a single, continuous research trip. To be eligible, scholars will reside outside the Twin Cities metropolitan region. Award recipients are chosen and funds are distributed by JHSUM. The Dr. Linda Mack Schloff Research Award Fund is named for JHSUM’s former long-time director who was instrumental in organizing and managing the archives.

To apply: Applicants should include: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a brief research proposal that identifies source materials to be used from the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives and the intended outcome for the research (e.g. journal article, book chapter, museum exhibit), and (3) an estimated travel budget with itemized expenses. The deadline is April 15 each year. A selection will be made within 4-6 weeks and travel may commence thereafter. Inquiries and applications should be directed to the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives. Applications may be submitted by email to umja@umn.edu or postmarked no later than April 15th.

Researchers receiving the Schloff research award will be expected to: (1) be in residence in Andersen Library for a minimum of 2 working days or more, and (2) give a brief presentation of their research in progress to JHSUM members and the public or write a brief article regarding their research visit that will be printed in a JHSUM newsletter.

Elmer L. Andersen research scholars program

The Elmer L. Andersen Research Scholars Program supports scholarly research projects using materials from the Libraries’ rare and special collections. The Research Scholars program is available to scholars including faculty, graduate, postgraduate, and independent researchers using the collections in Archives and Special Collections. This program is not available to currently enrolled University of Minnesota graduate or undergraduate students or faculty. The program will provide support for research projects that require use of one or more of the collections. Awards range from $500 to $2,000 and provide funds for travel, housing, and other research related costs. For more information, visit the Archives and Special Collections Fund your Research page.