Special Collections Research Grants

Awards of $1,500 are used for travel to the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State’s University Park campus to utilize the Library’s collections for academic research are available in the following areas:

  • Dorothy Foehr Huck Research Award
    This award supports researchers using any of the Eberly Family Special Collection Library’s collections. Visit our Collections page for an overview of collection strengths.
  • Helen F. Faust Women Writers Research Award
    This award supports researchers whose work focuses on women writers, and who would benefit from the use of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library’s collections.
  • Albert M. Petska Eighth Air Force Archives Research Award
    This award supports researchers utilizing the Eighth Air Force archive, 1939-2009 at the Eberly Family Special Collections Library.
  • Mary Ann O'Brian Malkin Research Award
    This award supports researchers whose work focuses on the history of dance and dance notation, and who would benefit from using the Malkin collection of early dance, 1531-1804.
  • William W. Scranton Research Award

    This award supports research in the personal papers of the late Governor William W. Scranton covering his legacy as a Pennsylvania congressional representative (1961-1963), governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1963-1967), chair of the Presidential Commission on Campus Unrest, presidential candidate (1964); and U.S. representative to the United Nations (1976-1977).

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants may not be Penn State faculty, staff, or students.
  • Applicants and their research topics must meet the individual requirements of the award for which they apply.

Application Requirements

  • Complete an Application Form, which includes uploading a CV.
  • Applications are due by June 14, 2022, and recipients will be notified by July 1, 2022.

Grant Use Requirements

  • Grant recipients can use the awarded funds for any expenses encumbered during their visit to the Eberly Family Special Collections Library or for the cost of remote research; however, research visits must take place July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.
  • Grant recipients will be asked to give a short talk via Zoom about their research. The talk will be scheduled after the research has taken place.
  • Grant recipients may be subject to tax implications, depending on how the awarded funds are spent. For international grant recipients, this may include tax implications in the United States and in their country of origin.

Contact Instruction & Outreach Specialist, Katelyn Dion Town, at kmd5013@psu.edu with any questions or concerns.