Photograph of William G. Hamrick, from the William G. Hamrick papers, University of West Georgia, Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library, Box 9.History and Purpose

The William G. Hamrick Travel Grant for Political Papers Research program was made possible by the generosity of an endowment created in 2015 by Judge Bill Hamrick to support activities, projects, and programs which increase public discovery and use of the political holdings housed in Ingram Library’s Special Collections. One of the programs includes travel grants for visiting scholars. 

The Hamrick Travel Grant for Political Papers Research provides approximately $1,000 (this amount can fluctuate year to year) for visiting scholars working on projects that require on-site consultation of the political collections in Ingram Library's Special Collections at the University of West Georgia. Typically, one to two grants are awarded annually.

Cycle

The Hamrick Travel Grant for Political Papers Research is offered annually, by the fiscal calendar, on a rolling basis. Researchers may contact the Head of Special Collections at special@westga.edu to inquire about the availability of funding for the fiscal year of their expected research visit.

Awards are made immediately before the successful applicant’s research visit. If the research visit does not occur, the funds must be returned.

Eligibility

Those who are engaged in undergraduate, graduate-level, postdoctoral, or independent research are invited to apply. Awards will be made based on funding availability and the strength of the application including statement of need.

Application Process

Applicants should inquire first about the availability of funding by contacting the Head of Special Collections, Blynne Olivieri Parker, at special@westga.edu or 678-839-5455. 

If funding is available, then applications may be submitted by email to special@westga.edu

Applicants must provide the following information as part of their application:

  • Brief biography (1-3 paragraphs)
  • Project summary to include a description of their research project, expected outcome/product of their research endeavor, and references to specific archival collections at UWG that are relevant to their project
  • Estimated dates of on-site research at UWG
  • A brief statement of financial need

Information about the Political Papers collections

General information about the political papers and political oral history collections in Ingram Library’s Special Collections

Finding aids to political collections