The Wittliff Collections are devoted to preserving a creative legacy that will instruct and inspire the current generation as well as those to come, illuminating the artistic process and testifying to the importance of the southwestern and Mexican imagination in the wider world. Primary to the mission is the safekeeping and sharing of the Southwest’s literature, film, and music, and the photography of the Southwest and Mexico through the acquisition of significant archives and supplementary materials. The Wittliff is pleased to offer a limited number of awards to help defray travel costs for scholars using its resources on site.


Anyone engaged in a research project that requires travel to San Marcos for substantial use of the archives at The Wittliff is eligible to apply. This includes undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students, as well other scholars and documentarians. We strongly encourage past applicants who were not selected to reapply. Previous recipients are also welcome to apply for funding, although preference will be given to those who have not received an award in the past.

Domestic Awards

Up to $1,200. For researchers within the United States (including Texas) who must travel to San Marcos for longer-term research projects.

International Awards

Up to $1,700. For researchers who must travel from outside the United States for research projects.

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