Grants to Scholars

The Friends’ Grants to Scholars program helps to fund visiting scholars with particular research needs in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries. The Friends award a number of grants annually, which brings 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 the 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 by February.  Recipients of the grants must use their awards within 12 months beginning April 1 of that year.  

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Award Amounts
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.

Eligibility

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.

Additional Information

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

Grants to Scholars Application

You may obtain an application to the Grant program in one of three ways:

  1. Filling out and submitting our online application.
  2. Downloading and printing a copy of the grant to scholars application.
  3. Contacting the Friends at:
    Phone: 608-265-2505
    Fax: 608-265-2754
    Contact form

To Complete the Application Process:

Besides the application, you will also need to send:

  1. A Curriculum Vitae
  2. An Abstract or Summary (not to exceed one page) of your proposed research project; include libraries or collections you plan to use and why it is important for you to do your research at UW-Madison
  3. The two references listed in the application form will need to 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 friends@library.wisc.edu; 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. If you email documents, PDF files are preferred.