Call for Proposals: Visiting Room Research Grants

December 14, 2023

Submission Deadline: February 15, 2024

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Through the generous support of The Visiting Room Project, a fiscally sponsored project of the Proteus Fund, the Organization of American Historians (OAH) will award two grants of $10,000—one for an advanced Ph.D. student or early-career scholar, and the other for a mid/later-career scholar—to support research in The Visiting Room archive, a collection of over 100 filmed interviews with incarcerated individuals at the Louisiana State Penitentiary Angola who are serving life sentences without the possibility of parole. 

The objective of these grants is twofold: to facilitate scholarly engagement with The Visiting Room archive, and to support scholarly output that contributes to a number of historical fields including carceral studies, race and ethnicity, gender, economics, and civil rights. 

The OAH anticipates awarding the grants in spring 2024. Recipients will submit a final report of grant-supported activities to OAH no later than November 30, 2024.


Graduate Student/Early Career Grant

Ph.D. candidates with ABD status and scholars no more than three years out from receipt of the Ph.D. are eligible to apply.

Mid/Later-Career Grant

All scholars beyond three years from receipt of the Ph.D. are eligible to apply. 

Submission Process

One complete PDF clearly labeled “Visiting Room Grant Proposal,” must be emailed to [email protected] by 11:59pm (PST) on February 15, 2024, consisting of the following items in the following order:

  • Cover letter, including a brief summary of the research project;
  • Project abstract of no more than 1,000 words (double spaced) including a summary of the research project, anticipated engagement with the Visiting Room archive and its importance to the research project, an explanation of the project’s scholarly significance and contribution, and anticipated scholarly output from engagement with the Visiting Room archive;
  • Timeline explaining research plans for the grant term;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Graduate students must also include a letter from their dissertation adviser or department chair attesting to their ABD status.
Selection Committee

Simon Balto, University of Wisconsin
Jen Manion, Amherst College
Melanie Newport, University of Connecticut
Heather A. Thompson, University of Michigan