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Research Grants

WVRHC Research Grants

To further the West Virginia and Regional History Center’s mission of elucidating the history and culture of West Virginia and the Central Appalachian Region, the WVRHC provides awards to scholars who wish to utilize the Center’s collections.

Research Grants are offered to help defray expenses of scholars who must travel long distances to use the Center’s resources in the course of their research. Grants awarded generally range from $500 to $1500.

While applications to conduct research in all fields will be considered, current topics of special interest include:

  • West Virginia authors including Pearl S. Buck
  • Political and Congressional Papers
  • Civil War and West Virginia statehood movement
  • Minority Studies including Storer College Archives
  • West Virginia economic and labor history
  • Women’s Studies
  • West Virginia Labor history
  • Folklore and folk music

Successful applicants will be individuals with a demonstrated interest in undertaking research in important primary and secondary collections in order to produce high-quality work for both the scholarly community and the general public.

Proposals will be evaluated on the qualifications of the applicant to successfully complete the research and the perceived value of the outcome of the applicant’s research goals.

Grant recipients are required to submit a brief (1-3 pages) final report summarizing their experience and anticipated outcomes within three months following their visit to the WVRHC. WVRHC Research Grant assistance must be acknowledged in all outcomes (e.g. presentations, papers and publications) to which the grant contributed, and the WVRHC requests a copy of the final product.

To apply:

A complete application must include a statement, a current resume or CV, and the names and contact information for two professional references.

The statement (500 words or less) should briefly summarize your educational and professional background and goals and describe the research you have done so far on the project, including readings in primary and secondary sources. You must also indicate how you plan to use the West Virginia and Regional History Center’s collections during your research.

In addition to the statement and current resume or CV, please provide the names and contact information for two individuals familiar with your career accomplishments and goals.

Applications are accepted throughout the year and should be sent to the WVRHC by email to or mailed to:

John Cuthbert
WV and Regional History Center
WVU Libraries
PO Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069