Research Travel Grant

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The purpose of the Herbert Hoover Research Travel Grant Award is to fund travel to the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa. The Hoover Presidential Foundation is a nonprofit support group for the Hoover Presidential Library and Museum and Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch. The Foundation has funded a travel grant program for thirty years, awarding over $460,000 in grants.

The program, funded entirely through contributions from private individuals, corporations, & foundations, is specifically intended to promote the use of collections of the Herbert Hoover Library.


Current graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and independent researchers are eligible to apply. An applicant should contact the archival staff to determine if Library holdings are pertinent to the applicant's research. Finding aids for library's major holdings are available online at


All funds awarded shall be expended for travel and research expenses related to the use of the holdings of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. In recent years, awards have ranged from $500 to $2,000 per applicant. The Foundation will consider requests for extended research at the library. An independent committee of distinguished scholars from Iowa colleges and universities evaluates the research proposals.


  • Completed application form
  • Research proposal, up to 1200 words
  • Bibliography page
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of reference sent directly from writers who are familiar with your work are required to be on letterhead and signed. They may submit them via USPS or attach a scanned copy in an email to


Please note that the review committee does NOT evaluate application files which do not include three letters of reference sent separately from the application form. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure these letters have been sent to and received by the Foundation. It is strongly suggested that you call (319-643-5327) or e-mail ( to verify that your recommendations have been received.

Period of Awards

May 15, 2020 - June 30, 2021
Research must be completed within this time frame unless other arrangements are requested and approved. Recipients are required to provide the Foundation with two copies of any publications and articles resulting from sponsored research.


Receipt of Applications: March 1 (postmark date)
Announcement of Awards: April 30 (postmark date)

Travel Awards will be announced via email as well as written confirmation.



Delene McConnaha, Academic Programs Manager
P.O. Box 696
West Branch, IA 52358
Phone: 319-643-5327


Current graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and independent researchers are eligible to apply.

Application & Documents: