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 deadline for the 2018-2019 program has now passed. Applications for the 2019-2020 program will be available in fall 2018.

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.

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.

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

Doctoral Fellows

Nisa Ari, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Cultural Mandates: Art and Political Parity in Early Twentieth Century Palestine”

Julia Neal, University of Texas at Austin
“Who Taught You To Think (Like That): Benjamin Patterson’s Conceptual Aesthetic”

William Schwaller, Temple University
“Arte de Sistemas in Argentina and Beyond: Theories of Systems Esthetics and the Centro de Arte y Comunicación’s International Network”

Elizabeth Doe Stone, University of Virginia
“Cosmopolitan Facture: John Singer Sargent and Anders Zorn, 1871–1915”

Karli Wurzelbacher, University of Delaware
“Reverse Painting on Glass: Seeing Through the Surface of American Modernism”

Postdoctoral & Senior Fellows

Monica Bravo, Yale University
“Picturing Greater America: U.S. Modernist Photography and the Mexican Cultural Renaissance, 1920–1945”

Jill Bugajski, The Art Institute of Chicago
“American-Russian Art Dialogues, as Viewed from Moscow”

Margaretta Lovell, University of California, Berkeley
“Itinerant Paintings: John Singleton Copley, Imperial Britain and the Scottish Diaspora”

Amy Lyford, Occidental College, Los Angeles
“Dorothea Tanning’s Embodied Surrealism”