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Gertrude Casebier Grants

Through the generous bequest of Gertrude Casebier (M.A. in history, 1931), a fund has been established in the History Department to support undergraduate student travel for research purposes.

The History Department will offer travel awards of $1,500 each to support undergraduate research projects in archival repositories and other research institutions in the United States and abroad.

These awards are intended to defray the costs of research that cannot otherwise be completed by using the library, archival, and interlibrary loan resources of Vanderbilt University and greater Nashville. The awards will cover travel, hotel expenses, meals, and other research related expenses, up to the maximum stipulated for each grant. 

Students may apply for these grants by submitting an application to the History Department’s Undergraduate Studies Committee. The application materials must include:

1. A letter of recommendation from the faculty adviser overseeing the project.

2. A one-page statement describing the nature and significance of the project.

3. A one-page research plan detailing which resources and materials the student intends to consult in the course of the research trip, along with the availability of these materials and a listing of the archival sites in which they are held.

4. A one-page budget for the research trip. 

All Vanderbilt history majors are encouraged to apply. The deadlines are October 15 and January 15 for the academic year and March 15 for the summer. 

Please submit materials to the Department of History Office Manager, Christen Harper, and the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Edward Wright-Rios via email attachment or hard copy. Hard copies can be brought to Benson Hall room 232.

Any questions about these grants may be directed to the History Department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies.