Research Travel Grant

Get Your Travel & Research Funded

Applications are Due March 1, 2023.

The purpose of the Herbert Hoover Research Travel Grant Award is to fund travel to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa. The Hoover Presidential Foundation is a nonprofit support group for the Hoover Presidential Library-Museum and Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch. The Foundation has funded a travel grant program for thirty years, awarding over $460,000 in grants.
The program, funded entirely through contributions from private individuals, corporations, & foundations, is specifically intended to promote the use of collections of the Herbert Hoover Library.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for the Research Travel Grant, applicants must be current graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, or independent researchers. An applicant should contact the archival staff to determine if Library holdings are pertinent to the applicant’s research. Finding aids for the library’s major holdings are available online at Requirements to apply include:

  • Completed application form
  • Research proposal, up to 1,200 words
  • Bibliography page
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of reference sent directly from writers who are familiar with your work are required to be on letterhead and signed – they can be submitted via mail or attach a scanned copy in an email to


Please note that the review committee does NOT evaluate application files which do not include three letters of reference sent separately from the application form. It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure these letters have been sent to and received by the Foundation. It is strongly suggested that you call (319) 643-5327 or email Tiffany Frederick to verify that your recommendations have been received.

Award Information

All funds awarded shall be expended for travel and research expenses related to the use of the holdings of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. In recent years, awards have ranged from $500 to $2,000 per applicant. The Foundation will consider requests for extended research at the library. An independent committee of distinguished scholars from Iowa colleges and universities evaluates the research proposals.

Research Grant Deadlines

Receipt of Applications: March 1 (postmark date)

Announcement of Awards: April 30 (postmark date)

Research Time Frame: May 15 – June 30

Research must be completed within the time frame of May 15th to June 30th unless other arrangements are requested and approved. Recipients are required to provide the Foundation with two copies of any publications and articles resulting from sponsored research. Travel Awards will be announced via email as well as written confirmation.

Apply for the Research Travel Grant

Download the PDFs below for budget information, notes for prospective applicants, and to complete the application.