The Scholars Research Program, funded by the Ulysses S. Grant Association, provides up to 5 grants of $500 each to qualified scholars for on-campus research in the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Papers Collection, located at Mississippi State University. The collection is housed in the Congressional and Political Research Center of the University's Mitchell Memorial Library. Mainly consisting of photocopies and typescripts of Grant correspondence, it was accumulated by the Ulysses S. Grant Association for the preparation of the 31 volumes, Papers of Ulysses S. Grant. The collection is the largest concentration of Grant items anywhere, and only a percentage of the collection appears in the published volumes.
Graduate students and post-doctoral scholars are especially encouraged to apply, although applications from all scholars in nineteenth century American history will be considered. All applications will be subject to anonymous peer-review; final decisions will be made by USGA's three-judge panel. Applications will be reviewed in the order received; applicants will be notified of the judges' decision no later than two months after receipt of application. Awardees must make research visits with a year after date of award notification.
The grant funds must be used for travel, lodging, meals, photocopying and other expenses directly connected to the recipient's research-related expenses in the Grant Collection. Recipients must supply expense receipts before receiving reimbursement from the Association. Researchers are limited to one grant award every three years. Priorities will be given to those applicants who have not previously received awards.
The following must be included in the research proposal:
Applicants who have questions about the program may contact staff members.
The three-judge panel includes: