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Travel Awards

Special Collections & Archives provides a limited number of travel awards to support the research of visiting scholars whose projects require significant on-site use of its collections.  The awards will support research in the areas of UC San Diego’s collecting strengths: experimental post-war American poetry, the Spanish Civil War, exploration and discovery in the Pacific, California/Baja California/San Diego  history, history of twentieth-century science, oceanography and marine science, and Melanesian anthropology.

Travel awards are for $500.

Applications are reviewed once each year, in October. The deadline for submission is October 1.


  • Graduate student, post-doc, or faculty doing significant research in SC&A collections
  • Researcher must reside at least 300 miles from San Diego
  • Research needs include minimum of one-week use of SC&A collections
Application Process
  1. Application letter (email describing research, how UC San Diego's collections support that research, and proposed dates of visit.
  2. Application reviewed by SC&A to ensure collections will support stated research.
  3. Application reviewed by faculty panel and collection curator for review and decision.
  4. Researcher informed of decision by email within 4 weeks after submission deadline.
  5. Appropriate forms or required paperwork, e.g., visa status, sent to researcher in advance of their visit.
  6. Researcher submits brief report on collection use to the director of SC&A.
  7. UC San Diego Library issues payment.
  1. Applications are reviewed in October. Submissions are due October 1.
  2. Award amounts may offset travel, housing, or duplication expenses.