Henry Ossawa Tanner, Les Invalides, Paris , 1896, oil on canvas, Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1999.140

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 outside the United States. Grant funding is available for short-term travel for scholars whose research projects require study of materials outside the United States, enabling 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.


Applications are due January 15, 2017. Awards will be announced in April 2017.

Eligibility & Application Information

For this program, the foundation accepts proposals from US-based doctoral students and 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 after the announcement of the award.
  • 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.
  • Travel may not take place prior to notification of the grant award.

Download the International Travel Grant for US-based Scholars application.

Information about Funding 

Up to four doctoral and up to three 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 before the recipient’s departure from the United States, in May or June 2017. The second installment (up to 20% of the total grant) is paid to the recipient after receipt of the final report.

Funds can 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