HARRY S. TRUMAN
LIBRARY INSTITUTE
RESEARCH GRANTS PROGRAM

The Harry S. Truman Library Institute for National and International Affairs is the private, non-profit partner of the Harry S. Truman Library. The Institute's purpose is to foster the Truman Library as a center for research and as a provider of educational and public programs. Applications for funding will be considered by the Institute's Committee on Research, Scholarship and Academic Relations. The Board of Directors of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute gratefully acknowledges the generous support of The Gilbert Foundation, Arthur Gilbert, chairman, which has partially underwritten the grants program.


I. RESEARCH GRANTS

Grants of up to $2,500 are awarded biannually and are intended to enable graduate students, post-doctoral scholars and other researchers to come to the Harry S. Truman Library for one to three weeks to use its collections. Awards are to offset expenses incurred for this purpose only.

Eligibility: Graduate students and post-doctoral scholars are particularly encouraged to apply, but applications from others engaged in advanced research will also be considered. Preference will be given to projects that have application to enduring public policy and foreign policy issues and that have a high probability of being published or publicly disseminated in some other way. The potential contribution of a project to an applicant's development as a scholar will also be considered. An individual may receive no more than two Research Grants in a five year period.

Deadlines: April 1 and October 1. The Committee will notify applicants in writing of its decision approximately six weeks after these dates.

Budgets: Budgets are calculated on the following basis: 1) $75 per day for lodging and meals. 2) Airfare based on the best advance coach fare available. European fares will be reimbursed at double the 21 day advance coach rate from New York to Kansas City; Asian fares will be reimbursed at triple the 21 day advance coach rate from Los Angeles to Kansas City. 3) Up to $100 allowance for photocopying. 4) The cost of area ground transportation (including rental car) will not be reimbursed.

End-of-Grant Reporting Responsibilities: Grantees will provide the following to the Institute: 1) A copy of any thesis, dissertation, and/or published work based in part on grant-funded research at the Truman Library. 2) A statement of about 750 words which describes the grantee's project and the contribution toward its development made by research conducted at the Truman Library. Grantees give the Institute the right to publish this statement if it chooses to do so.

II. DISSERTATION YEAR FELLOWSHIPS

Grants of $16,000 will be given to support graduate students working on some aspect of the life and career of Harry S. Truman or of the public and foreign policy issues which were prominent during the Truman years. One or two dissertation year fellowships will normally be awarded each year.

Eligibility: Applicants should have substantially completed their research and be prepared to devote full time to writing their dissertation. Preference will be given to projects based on extensive research at the Truman Library. There is no requirement that applicants conduct further research at the Truman Library.

Deadline: February 1. The Committee will notify applicants in writing of its decision within approximately four weeks after the deadline date.

Budget: No Budget is required. The annual stipend will be awarded in two installments, September and January. The award is intended to support a graduate student for one year.

End-of-Grant Reporting Responsibilities: Awardees will provide the following to the Institute: 1) A copy of any dissertation and/or published work written or substantially prepared during the award year. 2) A statement of approximately 1,500 words which describes the awardee's dissertation and its place in the historiography of the Truman era, and the contribution toward its development made by any research conducted at the Truman Library. Awardees give the Institute the right to publish this statement if it chooses to do so.

III. UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT GRANT

Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded to undergraduate students writing senior theses on some aspect of the life and career of Harry S. Truman or of the public and foreign policy issues which were prominent during the Truman years. Awards are intended to offset expenses for research conducted at the Truman Library. One Undergraduate Student Grant will normally be awarded each year provided high quality applications are received.

Application Requirement: Applicants must describe in writing the proposed project and its rationale, and indicate how a research experience at the Truman Library will contribute to the applicant's future development.

Deadline: December 1. The Committee will notify applicants in writing of its decision within six weeks after the deadline date.

Budgets: Budgets are calculated on the following basis: 1) $75 per day for lodging and meals. 2) Airfare based on the best advance coach fare available. 3) Up to $100 for photocopying allowance. 4) The cost of area ground transportation (including rental car) will not be reimbursed.

End-of-Grant Reporting Responsibilities: Grantees will provide the following to the Institute: 1) A copy of any thesis based in part on grant-funded research at the Truman Library. 2) A statement of approximately 500 words which describes the grantee's thesis and the contribution toward its development made by research conducted at the Truman Library. Grantees give the Institute the right to publish this statement if it chooses to do so.

IV. SCHOLAR'S AWARD

Grants of up to $30,000 are made to post-doctoral scholars engaged in work on some aspect of the life and career of Harry S. Truman or of the public and foreign policy issues which were prominent during the Truman years. The award is intended to free a scholar from teaching or other employment for a substantial period of time. The awarding of the Scholar's Award is contingent upon the receipt of underwriting support and of strong proposals from applicants. If, in the opinion of the Institute's Committee on Research, Scholarship and Academic Relations, the quality of available applications does not justify the making of an award in any given year, none will be made. When possible, the Institute intends to award a Scholar's Award every other year, in even numbered years.

Eligibility: An applicant's work should be based in part on extensive research at the Truman Library and be intended to result in the publication of a book-length manuscript. An individual may receive a Scholar's Award only once.

Deadlines: Applicants should submit a proposal by December 15 of odd numbered years. This proposal should describe work already done on a project and work which remains to be done, and should include a bibliography. The Committee will advise applicants in writing of the outcome of their preliminary screening no later than February 1. Applicants selected to continue in the second phase of the awarding process will be contacted by February 15 and asked to submit 1) A description of Truman Library materials that an applicant has already examined and those that he or she intends to examine; 2) A projected timeline for completion of the applicant's project; and 3) An estimate of an applicant's income during the year when the award will be given. Applicants will be notified of the Committee's final decision in writing by April 15.

Budget: No budget is required.

End-of-Grant Reporting Responsibilities: Awardees will provide the Institute with the following: 1) A copy of the book and/or other published work written or substantially prepared during the grant period; 2) A statement of about 1,500 words which describes the awardee's thesis and its place in the historiography of the Truman era, and the contribution toward its development made by research conducted at the Truman Library. The awardee would give the Institute the right to publish the statement if it chooses to do so.


Application forms are available via the Library's web page: /grants/ or by writing to:

Grants Administrator,
Harry S. Truman Library Institute,
500 West U.S. Highway 24
Independence, Missouri, 64050-1798.
USA

Telephone: (816) 833-0425
Facsimile: (816) 833-2715
E-Mail: lisa.sullivan@nara.gov



Updated August 5, 1999