The Friends’ Grants to Scholars program helps fund visiting scholars with particular research needs in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries. The Friends award several grants annually, bringing scholars to Madison campus libraries to conduct research in the humanities, sciences, and related fields appropriate to the libraries’ collection strengths. The purpose of this program is to foster high-level use of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Libraries’ rich holdings, and to make them better known and more accessible to a wider circle of scholars.
The annual application deadline is December 31 of any year, with decisions made in February. Recipients of the grants must use their awards within 12 months beginning April 1 of that year.
Among the distinguished collections of the UW-Madison campus libraries, we call particular attention to unique and rare materials and other special collections in
- Memorial Library (https://www.library.wisc.edu/memorial/)
- Dept. of Special Collections (http://specialcollections.library.wisc.edu)
- Historical Services at Ebling Health Sciences Library (http://ebling.library.wisc.edu/historical)
- Kohler Art Library (http://art.library.wisc.edu)
- Mills Music Library (https://www.library.wisc.edu/music/) Including the Mayrent Collection of Yiddish Music and other special music collections.
- University Archives (http://archives.library.wisc.edu/uwhistory.html)
- Wisconsin Historical Society Library and Archives (http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/libraryarchives/collections)
Awards are made up to $2,000 for recipients from North America and $3,000 for those from elsewhere in the world, paid upon arrival to the UW-Madison campus. International scholars often stay a month or more; those from the United States may stay for shorter periods. Scholars may be asked to share their research experience with UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students on an informal basis during their visit. A short follow-up report is also requested at the completion of their stay.
To be eligible for consideration, applicants should meet one of the following:
- Researchers who have earned a PhD
- PhD candidates with an approved dissertation
In addition, all applicants must reside greater than 150 miles from Madison, WI.
Applicants’ proposals should state the specific areas and collections to be used in our libraries and these resources must be unique to UW-Madison Libraries. Please provide information as to why these collections will be of crucial benefit to this research. The grantee is expected to be in residence during the term of the award, which may be taken up at any time during the year.
Grants to Scholars Application Process
The application consists of 4 pieces:
- Our online application
- A Curriculum Vitae
- An Abstract or Summary (not to exceed one page) of your proposed research project. Include the libraries and collections you plan to use and why it is important for you to do your research at UW-Madison.
- The two references (listed on the application) must send their letters of support directly to the Friends office.
All supporting documents must be received by December 31 in order for the application to be considered.
Documents may be emailed to the firstname.lastname@example.org; faxed to 608-265-2754 or sent via US mail to Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries, 330H Memorial Library, 728 State Street, Madison, WI, 53706.
The US Visa Waiver program will be used for researchers coming from Visa Waiver eligible countries. For a list of eligible countries and information on the program, go to: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/visit/visa-waiver-program.html
All other researchers will come in under a J-1 Visa. For more information on this program, go to: http://j1visa.state.gov/programs/professor-and-research-scholar