The Nicholson Graduate Archival Research Grant supports doctoral students in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Divinity School, as well as students in the Law School (conducting historical research), who require access to archival materials located in the British Isles and Ireland and who are unable to travel to view them. Preference will be given to candidates focusing on British Studies projects. Applications that demonstrate the need to access materials from an archive in the British Isles or Ireland, but whose topics do not focus on British Studies, will also be considered by the committee.

Students are invited to apply for sums up to and including $2500 to support digital copying of essential archival material from an archive in the British Isles or Ireland. Applicants are advised to contact archives to find out about their copying procedures and requirements before application. Many archives have lists of people who do digital copying for them. Some archives charge for making digital copies, and applicants may include this fee as part of their budget.


University of Chicago Ph.D. students from the Humanities, Social Sciences, Divinity School, and Law School are eligible. To receive Nicholson funding, you must maintain appropriate registration status. In all cases, the research funds are to be used before the dissertation defense. This competition is open to graduate students including those who have received support from the Nicholson Center in the past.


  • Autumn Quarter: Thursday, November 16, 2023
  • Spring Quarter: Thursday, April 18, 2024

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