Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, a division of Purdue University Libraries, offers competitive Research Travel Grants for visiting scholars. The purpose of these grants is to support the research of scholars (faculty, students, and independent researchers) whose research cannot progress satisfactorily without consulting materials onsite. One or more grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to individual scholars studying one or more subjects represented in Archives and Special Collections’ collections.
Subject areas strongly represented in archival and manuscript collections include the history of flight and space, the history of women affiliated with Purdue University or the state of Indiana, the history of psychedelics for medicinal and healing purposes, and the history of Purdue University, including papers of Purdue alumni; as well as records of the University departments, reflecting the founding, growth and evolution of the land-grant university for the State of Indiana and its mission to provide education in the agricultural and mechanical arts. Rare book collections include the history of engineering, science, and transportation, the history of economics and political thought, the history of typography and book design, and books about Indiana history or written by Indiana authors.