Travel Scholarships Available for Archives and Rare Books Collections Use

Bernard Becker Medical Library is fortunate to have robust collections in archives and rare books that document the history of medicine from the late 15th century up to the present. Subjects in which the library’s holdings are particularly strong include ophthalmology and optics, neurology, deaf education and the history of dentistry. To encourage researchers living more than 100 miles from St. Louis to use these collections, Becker Library offers two grants annually of up to $1,500 each to help defray the costs of travel, lodging, food and photo reproductions. Covered expenses will be reimbursed at the conclusion of the visit.

Eligible applicants are students enrolled in graduate degree programs (master’s and above), faculty and independent scholars. Applications will be reviewed by Becker Library’s rare book librarians and archivists, with preference given to applicants whose projects overlap with the library’s subject strengths.

The spring semester travel grant recipient will be notified by Oct. 1, 2024. They will have up to six months to use their award and must submit a brief report upon the completion of their visit. 

To apply, please send the following to the travel scholarship committee at by Sept. 1, 2024 (include “travel grant application” in the email’s subject line):

  • A personal statement describing how the library collections will be beneficial to the applicant’s research (no more than one page)
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Letter of recommendation from an academic advisor if the applicant is a student
  • Applicant’s name, address, phone number and email address

Visit the Travel Scholarship Eligibility and Application Requirements webpage for more information.

Additional information about Becker Library’s archival and rare book holdings can be found on the Archives and Rare Books webpage.