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The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin announces the 2019-2020 William and Madeline Welder Smith Research Travel Award. Five fellowships of up to $1,000.00 each will be given. Awardees may use the grant between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020.

Through the Smith Travel Award, the Briscoe Center for American History will assist masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students with costs associated with travel to Austin, Texas. The award is intended for students who need to conduct in-depth research in the holdings of the Briscoe Center and who reside outside of the Austin metropolitan area.

Each applicant must complete an online application form and upload their curriculum vitae and a 250–500 word summary of their research project. The summary should provide a research plan that includes details on collections the applicant expects to use. In addition, the applicant must have two individuals, suitably qualified to remark on their proposed research and academic performance, write and upload letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters must be written on letterhead, scanned and saved as a .pdf file using the following file naming convention: applicant's last name, first name. To utilize the online application and to upload letters of recommendation, applicants and references must sign in to or create a Google account. Applicants who prefer to submit their application and supporting documentation by mail can use the printable form.

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2019. The Briscoe Center will announce the awards email on or before May 1, 2019.

Through stewardship, scholarship, and outreach, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History increases knowledge and fosters exploration of our nation's past. As a leading history research center, we collect, preserve, and make available documentary and material culture evidence encompassing key themes in Texas and U.S. history. Researchers, students, and the public mine our collections for a wide range of academic, professional, and personal uses. Our collections also inspire our own projects, including books, exhibits, programs, films, and educational materials. The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History is an organized research unit and public service component of The University of Texas at Austin.

The Research and Collections Division in Sid Richardson Hall is the Briscoe Center's main research facility and the repository for the vast majority of the Briscoe Center's book, manuscript, map, newspaper, photographic, sound, and ephemera collections. Research collection strengths include: American South; Civil Rights and Social Justice; Congressional and Political; Energy and Natural Resources; Archives of American Mathematics; Military History; Music; News Media History; Photography; Texas History; Professional Touring Entertainment; University of Texas; and Western Americana.

For more information, contact the William and Madeline Welder Smith Travel Award,