Humanities Research Center
Virginia Commonwealth University
Research Travel Grants for 2016-17

Research Travel Grants from the Humanities Research Center foster excellence in research and creative scholarship at Virginia Commonwealth University by providing funds to support direct research costs incurred by faculty. These costs include travel to archives and other research sites, lodging, meals, and expenses related to collection of data such as photocopying and photography fees. (These awards are not to be used for conference travel, for the purchase of books or equipment, or for travel to use archival material that is available on the internet.)

The Center will award twenty grants of up to $1500 each for use during either the academic year 2016-17 or the summer of 2017. All tenure-eligible and term faculty working in the humanities at VCU are welcome to apply. Preference will be given to candidates who did not receive a grant for the previous year and who are or will be applying for research support from an external agency during the current academic year, or who have done so within the past two academic years.

Applications are due September 16, 2016.  They will be reviewed by a peer committee of faculty chaired by the center director, who will announce the awards by the end of October 2016. The Grants must be spent by the end of summer 2017 and will be available to the successful candidates in the form of reimbursement for expenses once they have returned from their research trips and submitted receipts in accordance with university procedures.

A complete application will consist of the following:

  • A completed coversheet
  • A detailed proposal, not to exceed three single-spaced pages, that explains (a) the goals, methods, and significance of the project, (b) the archive(s) or other research site(s) to be visited and the material to be consulted there, (c) the impact that the project will have on the candidate’s career development, and (d) the impact that the project will have on the candidate’s discipline and the humanities in general.
  • A current Curriculum Vitae
  • A completed budget form

Please submit application materials in one collated WORD file to

Please click here for application forms.

2016 Research Grant Recipients:

Kathleen Chapman (Art History):  “Animal Worlds in German Art and Empire”

Christine Cynn (Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies):  “The ABCs of HIV Prevention Media in Côte d’Ivoire”

Joshua Eckhardt (English):  “Religion Around John Donne”

Carolyn Eastman (History):  “The Strange Genius of Dr. O: Oratory and Transatlantic Celebrity in Early America”

Adam Ewing (African American Studies) for “Promised Land: A People’s History of the Global Pan-African Movement”

Richard Fine (English):  “Edward Kennedy’s Long Road to Reims: The Media and the Military in World War II”

Catherine Ingrassia (English):  “British Women Writers and the Poetics of Failure in the Long Eighteenth Century / The MS Book of Constantia Grierson”

George Munro (History):  “No Town Like It: A History of Kirovsk”

Katherine Nash (English):  “Typographical Feminism: Politics and Materiality in Suffragist Narratives, 1910-1920”

Terry Oggel (English):  “Paine’s Twain: Albert Bigelow Paine and the Making of Mark Twain’s Reputation”

Oliver Speck (School of World Studies):  “Deadly Devices: the Point-of-View-Shot in Games, Sports, and Combat”

Cristina Stanciu (English):  “‘To America On Foot’: Rethinking Americanization and Immigrant Narratives in the Twenty-First Century”


2015 Research Grant Recipients:

Adam Ewing (African American Studies): Lies of Liberation: Rumor, Identity, and Politics in the African Diaspora

Carolyn Eastman (History): The strange Genius of Mr. O: Oratory and Transatlantic Fame in Early America

Catherine Ingrassia (English): British Women Writers and the Poetics of Failure in the Long Eighteenth Century

Claire Bourne (English): ‘Set Forth as It Hath Been Played’: Printing the performance in Early Modern England

Dannelle Gutarra (African American Studies): Race, Colonialism, and Modernity in the Age of the Haitian Revolution

Emilie Raymond (History): Paul and Phyllis Galanti: A POW Love Story

Gregory Smithers (History): Cherokee Waters: A Native American Environmental History

Matthew Pawlowicz (School of World Studies): Commoner and Elite in Swahili Society: Re-Examination of Spatial and Ceramic Data from Gede, Kenya

Melis Hafez (History): The Lazy, the Idle, the Luxurious: The Culture of Productivity in Late Ottoman Society, 1830-1922

Peter Stone (History): Red was the New Black: Exploring the Eastern Origins of a Roman Domestic Style

Richard Fine (English): The media and the Military During World War II

Rivka Swenson (English): The Gaze, the West Indies, and Robinson Crusoe

Ryan Smith (History): The New Lightkeepers: The Rehabilitation of Historic Lighthouses in the Southeastern United States

Terry Oggel (English): Mark Twain: The Late Public Writings Clemens Really Wrote

Vivian Dzokoto (African American Studies): Exploring African Moneyscapes

Winnie Chan (English): Acquired Tastes: Palatable Alterity, Post-Imperial Gastronomy, and the Global Anglophone Novel


2014 Research Grant Recipients:

Nicholas Frankel, Department of English: Oscar Wilde in Exile: A Critical Biography

Debra Hansen, Department of Art History (VCU Qatar): Looking Westward: Views of the West from Capitol Hill

Les Harrison, Department of English: Uncle Tom’s Cabin: A Digital Critical Edition

Robert Godwin-Jones, School of World Studies: Digital Archive of Grimm Fairy Tales

Peter Kirkpatrick, School of World Studies: Citizen Camera: The Poetics of Rene Vautier’s Socially Engaged Film-Making

David Latane, Department of English: Scandal, Celebrity, and the Creation of the London Tabloid Press, 1820-1840

Bernard Means, School of World Studies: Why the New Deal’s “Forgotten” Men Excavated Pennsylvania’s Buried Heritage and What They Discovered

Katherine Nash, Department of English: Typographical Feminism: Ideology and Page Design in the Suffrage Era

Cristina Stanciu, Department of English: The Makings and Unmakings of Americans: Indians and Immigrants in American Literature and Culture, 1880-1924

Rivka Swenson, Department of English: “So Yielding the Warm Temper of Your Mind”: Montagu and the Poet as Woman of Reason