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Eisenhower Foundation Travel Grants


UPDATE: Travel grant funding is not available at this time.

About the Research Travel Grant:

The Eisenhower Foundation Abilene Travel Grants Program assists scholars' research of primary sources in the Eisenhower Presidential Library in such fields as history, government, economics, communications, and international affairs. The grants program is funded and administered by the Eisenhower Foundation in Abilene, Kansas.

Grants are awarded to individual researchers on a competitive basis to cover a portion of expenses while in Abilene, Kansas, using the Eisenhower Presidential Library's extensive resources. The size of the grant (not to exceed $1,000) is dependent upon the distance traveled and duration of stay in Abilene. Grants are not retroactive and travel must occur within one year of award.

Grant Application:

Applications are accepted once per year and must be postmarked no later than February 28th each year.

Required Materials

  • Completed travel grant application.

  • A letter from the Eisenhower Presidential Library providing information on the availability of relevant materials in the Library's archives. You should request permission to use the holdings of the Library. An archivist at the Library will respond with a letter detailing collections that are pertinent to your research topic. Please address your inquires to:

    Eisenhower Presidential Library
    200 SE 4th Street
    Abilene, KS 67410


  • A curriculum vitae including academic experience and list of any publications.

  • A detailed summary (not to exceed five pages) of the subject and scope of your research. Funding priority will be given to well-developed proposals that will rely significantly on the resources in the Eisenhower Presidential Library.

  • A 10-15 page writing sample.

  • Two or three supporting letters from academic advisors or professional colleagues.

Submit an Application

Submit your application and required materials by regular mail or electronically.

Abilene Travel Grants Program
Eisenhower Foundation
P.O. Box 295
200 SE 4th Street
Abilene, KS 67410


Applicants should direct questions to the Foundation by email or at 785-263-6771.

Selection Process:

A selection panel reviews each application packet. All applicants will be informed in writing, usually via email, of the selection panel's decision approximately six to eight weeks after the application deadline. The grantee will be presented a check in the amount of the award upon their arrival at the Eisenhower Presidential Library to conduct research.

If the grantee's research results in a thesis, dissertation, book or article, a copy of the final product should be submitted to the Eisenhower Foundation. The publication will be placed in the holdings of the Eisenhower Presidential Library.