Travel Fellowships

Our travel fellowships offer anyone, regardless of institutional affiliation or status, the opportunity to work with our rich collections. Researchers working in the realms of feminist science fiction, LGBTQIA+, Ken Kesey, conservative and libertarian movements, environmental activism and the built environment and prints materials from the Americas, Europe, Africa and/or Asia are encouraged to apply. Information on specific fellowships is available through the links below: 


Martha Thorsland Baker Fellowship

SCUA's Martha Thorsland Baker Fellowship has been established to encourage research in Special Collections by UO graduate and undergraduate students. Research projects must be completed in SCUA by formally enrolled UO students, regardless of the academic degree sought.

Projects may investigate any format or genre (e.g., manuscripts, books, photographs, pamphlets, posters, broadsides, ephemera, etc.). They may also include the use of the Medieval or Renaissance manuscript book. They may be purely bibliographical, or they may address any issues of ownership, readership, or use of printed materials. Support for work in modern archival collections is also included. Funding can also support the editing of an author's papers. 

Two fellowships are offered in the amount of $1,000, to support study in the UO Special Collections. Awards may be used to defray travel expenses, living expenses, or research costs. It is assumed that the recipient of the award will be in residence for a period sufficient to complete a significant amount of their research. Fellows should be aware that, depending on their status and country of origin, the US government may consider their award taxable income. It is recommended that fellows familiarize themselves with their tax status and take necessary steps to plan for and pay any potential fees.

Detailed information and application available here. 

Undergraduate Program for Archival Studies and Practice

Study of and research in the humanities helps students develop critical thinking, problem solving, communication, presentation, collaboration, and other important skills required to successfully navigate an ever-changing post-college world regardless of the chosen profession, and to be prepared to help solve society’s most complex issues. To assist students in this transition and to create a student-to-career pipeline, the University of Oregon’s Oregon Humanities Center (OHC) and SCUA are collaborating to offer an undergraduate student fellowship program focused on building primary archival research and career readiness skills.

SCUA staff will guide the student through an internship and research production experience that will enable the students to think more broadly about their career opportunities and interests, seek other research funding support, and pursue honors theses. Students will gain library science experience while developing project management, data collection and analysis, and digital humanities experience.

The student will receive $3,000 for the twenty-week internship/fellowship, in addition to the high level of support from SCUA and OHC faculty and staff. The student will participate in tutorial sessions led by SCUA faculty and professionals while completing a research fellowship that will culminate in the student performing actual archival work (processing and description), in addition to a public presentation (in-person or virtually) on their project, along with blog posts and social media collections.

Detailed information and application available here

Graduate History Archival Training Fellowship

In collaboration with the UO History Department, the Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) at the University of Oregon Libraries has created a Graduate Archival Training Fellowship (GATF) program whose primary mission will be to provide history students with practical and professional archival training and to integrate SCUA more fully into the teaching and research mission of the University.

The GATF program will provide a substantive educational experience for one UO history graduate student per academic year. The project will involve processing an archival collection or creating a thematic online exhibit. The processing and online exhibit will flip and occur every other year. In academic year 2023-2024, for example, the project will involve processing an archival collection.

In the archival processing project, Fellows will receive training in archival methods and practice while simultaneously making accessible an unprocessed collection through the creation of a finding aid. Fellows will have access to materials that others have not yet fully investigated, and their training in archival organization and description will result in making those collections more accessible to other researchers.

In the exhibition project, the Fellow will be assigned a topic using SCUA collections and receive training in exhibit curation, which includes developing the exhibition themes, making selections of items to support the themes, creating the narrative content, processing digitization work orders, and publishing the exhibit using the SCUA’s online exhibit platform.

Detailed information and application available here