Grants-in-Aid is the Friends program which helps to fund visiting scholars with particular research needs in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries. The Friends award a handful of grants-in-aid annually, each of which is generally for one month’s duration, for research in the humanities, sciences and related fields appropriate to the libraries’ collection strengths. The purpose is to foster the high-level use of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Libraries’ rich holdings, and to make them better known and more accessible to a wider circle of scholars. The annual application deadline is February 1 of any year.
Among the distinguished collections of the UW campus libraries, we call particular attention to unique and rare materials and other special collections in
- Memorial Library (http://memorial.library.wisc.edu)
- Dept. of Special Collections (http://specialcollections.library.wisc.edu)
- Historical Services at Ebling Health Sciences Library (http://ebling.library.wisc.edu/historical)
- Kohler Art Library (http://art.library.wisc.edu
- Mills Music Library (http://music.library.wisc.edu)
- Including the Mayrent Collection of Yiddish Music and other special music collections.
- University Archives (http://archives.library.wisc.edu/uwhistory.html)
- Wisconsin Historical Society Library and Archives (http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/libraryarchives/collections)
Awards are made up to $2,000 for recipients from North America and $3,000 for those from elsewhere in the world. Consideration may be given for support for shorter periods of research in Madison, but only for individuals who reside in the United States.
Generally, applicants must have a Ph.D. or be able to demonstrate a record of solid intellectual accomplishment. Scholars and graduate students who have completed all requirements except the dissertation are also eligible. Applicants’ proposals should state the specific areas and collections to be used in our libraries and provide information as to why these collections will be of unique benefit to their research. The grants-in-aid are designed primarily to help provide access to UW-Madison library resources for people who live beyond commuting distance. Preference is given to younger researchers who are within 10 years of completing their Ph.D. or terminal degree, and to scholars who reside outside a 150 mile radius of Madison. The grantee is expected to be in residence during the term of the award, which may be taken up at any time during the year.
The Friends will provide health insurance and reimburse the expenses of obtaining security clearance (SEVIS) for researchers coming from outside the United States, but will not reimburse any fees related to obtaining a United States J-1 “Visiting Scholars” Visa.
To Get a Grant-in-Aid Application
One may obtain an application to the Grant-in-Aid program in one of four ways:
- Filling out and submitting our online application.
- Downloading and printing a copy of the application form as a PDF file.
- Requesting a printed application by writing to:
Friends of the UW-Madison Library Award Committee
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706
- Contacting the Friends at:
friends [at] library.wisc.edu
The Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries Grant-in-Aid program began in 1991 with a single $800 grant. Since then, the program has grown to give out at least four $1,500 grants per year. The program has provided more than $90,000 to visiting scholars in a variety of fields, from Italian Renaissance culture to modern "Little Magazines."
Anne Berke, Yale University: Contributions of women television writers and show-runners in the 40's and 50's, special focus on soap opera creator and writer Irna Phillips
Jessica Isaac, University of Pittsburgh: Construction and circulation of amateur newspapers and their impact on youth identities. You can read Issac's full report as a PDF file.
Nikki Malain, University of California, Santa Barbara: Piracy in the high middle ages, piracy as an interface between people-groups, piratical violence committed by or against the people of Genoa, Italy
Kim Nielsen, University of Toledo: The institutionalization of Dr. Anna B. Ott in Madison, WI (1870's), Gender, Incompetency, and the Asylum Life
Joshua Nygren, University of Kansas: the mutual development of industrialized agriculture and soil and water conservation in American agriculture (1930-2010)
Susan Wegner, Bowdoin College: Themes of Astronomy, Myth, and Mourning concerning the painting Aurora by artist Artemisia Gentileschi; her acquaintances with Galileo and his circle of artists, humanists, and scientists
Paolo Acanfora, IULM University in Rome: George Mosse and Parliamentary Democracy
Katherine Anania, University of Texas at Austin: The drawn line as a key trope among postwar American artists
Michael J. Brown, University of Rochester: Experts, Eggheads, and Elites: Debating the Role of Intellectuals in American Political Culture, 1952-2008
Joshua D. Cochran, University of Iowa: Beyond the Water's Edge: American Expatriates, the Vietnam War, and the NATO Alliance, 1964-1977
Katrin de Boer, Philipps-University, Marburg: For use of the Radio UNTAC Archive of broadcast recordings in Khmer
Jacqueline-Bethel Mougoue, Purdue University: "Don't Cross Gutter Skirts": Fashion, Beauty and Nation-Building in Western Cameroon, 1960-1982
Emily Senefeld, University of Virginia: For a history of the Highlander Folk School
Daniel Wherley, Rutgers University: The development of "interventionist" nutrition at the University of Wisconsin after World War II
Donatello Aramini, University of Cassino, Italy: George L. Mosse and Nationalism
S. Zebulon Baker, Georgia Southern University: Research for Fields of Contest: Race, Region and College Football in the U.S. South, 1945-1975
Rachel Burstein, CUNY Graduate Center: Labor and the Public: How Organized Labor Represented Itself in Postwar America
Benjamin Deitle, University of Virginia: Block Printing Buddhism in Beijing: A study of the Lessing Collection
John A. Kirk, University of Arkansas: The Other Freedom Summers: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Arkansas
Stephan Manz, Aston University, Birmingham: Research for Constructing a German Diaspora: The "Greater German Empire," 1871-1918
David Munns, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY: The History of the Phytotron
Michele Monserrati, Rutgers University: Searching for Japan in Contemporary Italy
Celia Aijmer-Rydjso, University of Gothenburg: Exiles in Print: Modernism and Little Magazines in Paris, 1920-1940
Jacob S. Dorman, University of Kansas: Sultans, Swamis, Peddlers and Harem Girls: Images of the Orient in American Popular Culture and in the Rise of Black Muslim Faiths
Erica Moretti, Brown University: Maria Montessori's Il Metodo and the Fascist Regime's Education of Young Italians
Kathleen Oberlin, Indiana University: Museums as Centers of the Young Earth Creationist (YEC) Social Movement
Sabina Pavone, University of Naples: The Jesuit Mission in India: Malabar Rites and Sacred Practice in the 17th & 18th Centuries
Ermanno Taviani, University of Catania, Italy: Italian Racial Laws and Mass Communication
Patrick Bottiger, University of Oklahoma: The reconceptualization of racial relations in Indian Territory during the early 19th century
Michela Catto, Newberry Library, Chicago, IL: Jesuits in China: Syncretism and Accommodatio
Kevin Padraic Donnelly, Brandeis University: Quetelet's Average Men: The Administration of Observation in Belgium at the End of Enlightenment
Luke Gartlan, University of St. Andrews: William Henry Metcalf and Nineteenth-Century Japanese Photography
Ryan W. Keating, Fordham University: Mid-19th Century Transnationalism: The Irish Immigrant Experience during the American Civil War
Robin Sager, Rice University: Marital Cruelty in the Mid-19th Century in Antebellum Virginia, Texas and Wisconsin
Nephtali Kutwayenda Fofolo, University of Kinshasa, Congo: The Insertion of West-Africans of Senegalese Origin in the Western Part of
Linda Payne, University of Missouri-Kansas City: The 18th-century Surgeon Percivall Pott (1714-1788), His Apprentices and Patients
Susan Rensing, Mississippi State University: Sexual Eugenics: Redefining Courtship, Marriage, and Parenthood in America, 1900-1930
Derek Seidman, Brown University: The Unquiet Americans: GI Dissent during the Vietnam War
Alessandra Tarquini: University "Cesare Alfieri" (Florence, Italy): Giovanni Gentile and the Fascist Racial Laws in the English-Speaking World
J. Benjamin Yousey-Hindes, Stanford University: Social History of Genoese Priests in the Mediterranean and Black Seas during the 13th and 14th Centuries
Lorenzo Benadusi, University of Rome “La Sapienza”: The image of the soldier; militarism, masculinity and nation from the two World Wars
Rachel Melis, Kansas State University: Prairie pioneers of the Cairns Collection of American Women Writers
Kathryn J. Norlock, St. Mary’s College of Maryland: American women, social arrangements and cultural legacy
Ilaria Pavan, Scuola Normale Superiore di Piza (Italy): History of fascist racism and anti-Semitism 1919-1945.
Christian Quendler, University of Innsbruck (Austria): Exchanges of media across filmic, literary and theoretical discourses 1895-1945.
Roberto Villa Garcia, King Juan Carlos University (Spain): Leftist parties and Democracy in Spain.
Antonella Barzazi, University of Naples: Books, libraries, and culture in Venice between the Counter-Reformation and the Enlightenment
Elena Brambilla, University of Milan: Administration of the sacraments in Western Europe 1550-1800
Lisa Kolhmeier, Claremont Graduate University (California): Life, writings, and influence of Olgivanna Lazovich Wright
Nils Langer, University of Bristol: German usage in the United States 1830-1880
Karl Schoonover, Independant Scholar: Early twentieth-century fascination of the visual residue from the photographic blur
Giorgio Caravale, Fondazioine Luigi Firpo (Italy): Early modern religious history - Francesco Pucci
David Rohrbacher, New College of Florida: Late Antique Classical History
Ian Stewart, University of King's College: Renaissance and early-modern natural philosophy; Translation of William Gilbert's New Philosophy Concerning our Sublunary World
Carmen Menchini (Mosse Fellow), University of Naples: Treatment of European Jews in 16th Century
Sarah Nelson, University of Idaho: French Female Autobiography
Vasileios Syros (Mosse Fellow), Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium): Constitutional History of Renaissance Venice
Ignacio Fernandez de Mata, University of Burgos: Spanish Civil War
Renata Segre, Independent Scholar: Italian and Jewish early modern history
Jonathan Judaken, University of Memphis: Cultural and Intellectual History
Mark Solovey, Independant Scholar: History of American Social Science
Paul Harvey, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs: American History; Freedom's Coming: Religion, Race and Culture in the South, 1865-2000
Matthew Klemm, John Hopkins University: Medieval Intellectual History
James Stokes, UW-Stevens Point: Early English Drama; The Dramatic Records of East Anglia
Tony Cousins, Macquarie University (Australia): Renaissance Literature
Federica Francesconi, University of Haifa (Isreal): Italian Jewish History during the17th to the 19th century
Stefania Pastore, University of Pisa (Italy): The Life of Agostino Boasio
Adelisa Melana, University of Pisa (Italy): Women's Autobiographies in the Early Modern Age
Riccardo Caporale, University of Bologna (Italy): 20th Century Fascist Italian Police Brutality
Klementyna Czericka, University of Wroclaw (Poland): Witold Gombrowicz in Argentina
Elizabeth McCartney, University of Oregon-Eugene: Early Modern French History
Lisa Surwillo, University of California-Berkeley: Literature of 19th Century Spain
Stephen Brockmann, Carnegie Mellon University: German Literature during 1945-1949
Steven Williams, New Mexico Highlands University: Medieval History - Pope Gregory IX's Relationship to Aristotle
Mark Chavalas, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: Ancient Near East History; Life and Culture in the Ancient Near East. Editors, Richard E. Averbeck, Mark W. Chavalas, David B. Weisberg. CDL Press, c2003.
Nancy Berke, Hunter College: Modern American Poetry; Women poets on the left : Lola Ridge, Genevieve Taggard, Margaret Walker. University Press of Florida, 2001.
Mark Chavalas, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: Ancient Near East History
Ana Santos Olmsted, University of Massachusetts-Amherst: Cronicas in Brazilian Literature
Scott MacPhail, University of Indiana-Bloomington: Lyric Poetry and National Identity in America
Andrey Pilgun, University of St. Louis: Cosmological Imagery in Medieval Book Illustration
Stephen Burnett, University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Christian Hebraism
Mark Omelnitski, London, United Kingdom: History of Religion in Anglo-Saxon England
Mark Box, University of Alaska-Fairbanks: Philosophy of David Hume
Chaela Pastore, University of California-Berkeley; History of Haiti and the French Revolution
Maria Paola Saci, University of Viterbo (Italy): Early Modern History of Human Sciences
Fabio Troncarelli, University of Viterbo (Italy): 15th and 16th Century Witchcraft in France
Ku-Ming Chang, University of Chicago: Cultural context of German Enlightenment chemistry
Julia Ehrhardt, Yale University: 19th and 20th Century American Female writers
E. Nicole Meyer, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay: Female French Autobiographies; French and Francophone Women's Autobiography in the Twentieth Century, Women in French Studies, 2002
Kathleen Comerford, Hanover College: Fiesolan Diocese - 16th/17th century Clergy; Ordaining the Catholic Reformation: Priests and Seminary Pedagogy in Fiesole, 1575-1675. Leo S. Olschki, 2001
Carol Jean Poore, Brown University: Labor and national identity in 20th century Germany; The Bonds of Labor: German Journeys to the Working World, 1890-1990. Wayne State University Press, 2000.
Matthew Edney, Binghamton University: History of Cartography
Barbara Obrist, NSRC-Strasbourg: History of medieval alchemy; "Art et nature dans l'alchimie medievale". Revue d'histoire des sciences, 49
Gloria Anzilotti, University of Florence (Italy): Socio-linguistics of English grammer texbooks
Jessica Ann Sheetz, Marquette University: Familial Structure in Victorian London
E. Nicole Meyer, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay: Contemporary French Fiction
John Bryan Williams, University of Chicago: 13th century Genoese slave trade
Francesco Erspamer, University of Rome (Italy): Renaissance Italian Literature - Galvano Fiamma