Grant Applications Now Available Online

Terra Foundation International Research Travel Grants for US-based Scholars

Terra Foundation International Research Travel Grants offer US-based scholars working on American art and visual culture prior to 1980 the opportunity to conduct research abroad.  Grant funding is available for projects that require study of materials outside the United States and that will enable scholars to:

  • Discover new primary source material;
  • Experience works of art first-hand in museums and private collections;
  • Make contact with artists, critics, art dealers, archivists, curators, and university scholars;
  • Consult archives and library collections outside the US;
  • Establish professional networks for future research.


The application deadline for the 2019 program has passed. Applications for the 2020 program will open again in fall 2019.

Eligibility & Application Information

For this program, the foundation accepts proposals from US-based doctoral students,  postdoctoral, and senior scholars. For travel related to exhibition development and research, please see the Terra Foundation’s Exhibition Research and Development Grant program.

The Terra Foundation for American Art accepts grant applications submitted through an online system.

To access the online application form for Terra Foundation International Research Travel Grants for US-based Scholars, click here.

Review the FAQ for additional information about the online application process.

Grant requirements:

  • Travel should be undertaken within one calendar year (June through May) after the announcement of the selection results in April.
  • 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 Terra Foundation support in any publication that results from research conducted during the grant.
  • Travel may not take place prior to notification of the grant award.
  • This program does not require a letter of inquiry.

The proposal should include the following components:

  • Applicant information
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Project proposal that demonstrates the need for travel outside the United States
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Detailed description of the proposed itinerary with destinations and travel dates
  • Itemized travel budget
  • A copy or scan of a government issued picture ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.)

Information about Funding 

Up to ten doctoral, postdoctoral, and senior grants are awarded annually as follows:

  • Up to $6,000 per grant for doctoral students
  • Up to $9,000 per grant for postdoctoral and senior scholars.

Grant funds will be disbursed in two installments. The first installment (80% of the total grant) is paid in June 2018. The second installment (up to 20% of the total grant) is paid to the recipient after receipt of the final report.

Funds may be used for transportation, lodging, meals, and research fees and expenses of the Grantee only (not family, travel companions, etc). They cannot be used for the purchase of computers or other equipment.

Grant Recipients 2017–2019