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The Helmerich Center for American Research offers several travel to collections grants to support research projects that require on-site use of its collections. The travel grants are $500 per week for a maximum length of two weeks. 

We are pleased to announce that complementary housing can be arranged on the University of Tulsa’s campus, upon request and depending on availability. HCAR is a 13-minute drive (6.5 miles) from TU’s campus.     

While Gilcrease Museum is under construction, many artworks are not accessible for research purposes. Gilcrease staff will determine whether any requested item from the art collection is available or not. 

Fellows are expected to be active researchers at the center, and they are encouraged to participate in the intellectual life of the center and the University of Tulsa. A brief report will be due within 30 days of completion of the travel grant, and a citation of any publications resulting from the research should also be sent to  

To apply, please submit the following via Interfolio:  

  • Project Proposal in English, should include the following: 
  • Explanation of the project’s significance and progress to date 
  • Detailed list of materials and collection items to be consulted at HCAR and, if applicable, McFarlin Special Collections 
  • Plan for completion of the work while in residence 
  • Document should not exceed 1000 words 
  • Curriculum Vitae, not to exceed three pages 
  • One letter of reference via Interfolio 

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The University of Tulsa seeks to recruit and retain talented students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Tulsa is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply. The University does not discriminate on the basis of personal status or group characteristic including, but not limited to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ancestry, or marital status. 

Meet our past travel-grant recipients:

Cristina Cruz Gonzalez, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History, Oklahoma State University
Research Project: Constructing Sanctity in the 18th Century Franciscan Mission
In Residence: June 17, 2019-June 28, 2019

Christopher Mott, Ph.D., Freelance Author/Researcher
Research Project: A cross-continental historical survey of both the Native and settler conception of grand strategy and foreign policy in early American history.
In Residence: July 25, 2019-August 2, 2019