ASECS 2021 Travel Awards Postponement 

Libraries and archives remain closed, travel is restricted, and the progress of the pandemic unpredictable. Applications for ASECS travel grants normally are due on January 1, but we cannot know when libraries will open or scholars will be allowed to cross international borders. Following consultation with the trustees of the travel awards funds, therefore, it has been decided that ASECS will postpone the application process for 2021 awards until travel becomes comparatively normal. That might mean giving two sets of awards in the 2022 cycle, or it might mean announcing a special 2021 awards process next summer or fall, should conditions improve more quickly.

This postponement applies to the travel awards administered by ASECS. The Daiches-Manning Memorial Fellowship in Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies, the A.C. Elias, Jr., Irish-American Research Travel Fellowship, and the Mary D. Sheriff Research and Travel Award will be awarded in 2020-2021; more information is available at


ASECS remains firmly committed to supporting the scholarly needs of our members and looks forward to resuming our travel awards and library fellowships programs as soon as it is safe to do so.

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 

2020-2021 Travel Grants

The grants listed below support research in eighteenth-century studies that requires travel. Only members of ASECS in good standing are eligible to apply.


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Applicants should submit only one application and will be considered for every grant for which they are eligible.   All application materials and letters of recommendation must be received by 1 January 2021.

All completed applications must include:

·        Application form:

·        Curriculum vitae
·        Narrative description of the project, its contribution to the field, how much you will have completed by the time of the proposed fellowship, and your plan for using the time of the fellowship.
·        A one-page bibliography
·        A budget

Combine the four supporting documents into a single file (Word or .pdf) and send them to the ASECS Business Office at
·        Two letters of recommendation, to be sent by the recommenders directly to the ASECS Business Office at


Gwin J. and Ruth Kolb Research Travel Fellowship - $500

Eligibility: All members of ASECS who are faculty or independent scholars within the first five years of receipt of their Ph.D. Advanced doctoral candidates with a demonstrable need for specific collections necessary for their dissertation also are encouraged to apply.
Purpose:  To supplement costs for younger eighteenth-century scholars to travel to distant collections in North America and abroad.


Robert R. Palmer Research Travel Fellowship - $500 

Eligibility: All members of ASECS.
Purpose:  To support documentary research related primarily to the history and culture of France.


Aubrey L. Williams Research Travel Fellowship - $1500

Eligibility: ASECS members resident in North America.

Purpose: To support documentary research in eighteenth-century English literature, by scholars based in North America.

Restrictions: The fellowship is restricted to doctoral students at work on a dissertation in the field of eighteenth-century English literature.

Richard H. Popkin Research Travel Fellowship - $250

Eligibility: All members of ASECS
Purpose: To supplement costs for scholars to travel to collections in North America and abroad.


Theodore E.D. Braun Research Travel Fellowship - $1250

Eligibility:  All members of ASECS
Purpose:  To support researchers, regardless of rank, who are working in French literary studies.


Paula Backscheider Archival Fellowship - $1000

Eligibility: All members of ASECS

Purpose: To support those researchers whose projects necessitate work in archives, repositories, and special collections (public and private) in foreign countries and/or in the United States.

No applicant may accept more than one ASECS travel grant or fellowship in any given academic year.

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