Research Travel Grants to the United States

The Terra Foundation offers Research Travel Grants to enable scholars outside the United States to consult resources that are only available within the United States. These grants provide support for research on topics concerning American art and visual culture prior to 1980. Six to twelve grants are awarded annually: up to $6,000 per grant for doctoral students and up to $9,000 per grant for postdoctoral and senior scholars. Some grant funding is reserved for scholars from Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Grant funding is available for short-term travel that gives scholars:
  • An opportunity to discover new source material;
  • Experience works of art first-hand in museums and private collections;
  • Make contact with artists, curators, and art dealers;
  • Consult local archives and library collections;
  • Establish professional networks for future research.
Funds can be used for related transportation, lodging, meals, and research fees and expenses.

Deadline information will be announced in late June.  Download the most recent research travel grant applications.

The foundation only accepts proposals from doctoral students, postdoctoral and senior scholars outside the United States.
Grant requirements
The travel should be undertaken within one calendar year after the announcement of the selection results. The final report must be submitted within three months of completion of travel. It should include a description of the travel undertaken as a result of the grant, an assessment of the research accomplished, and a financial report detailing grant expenditures. Recipients must acknowledge the support of TFAA in any publication that results from research conducted during the grant.

Awarded grants and distribution of funds
Grant funds will be disbursed in two installments. The first installment (80% of the total grant) is paid before the recipient’s departure to the United States. The second installment (up to 20% of the total grant) is paid to the recipient after receipt of the final report.

Download the complete list of past research travel grant recipients.