Samuel and Marion Merrill Graduate Student Travel Grants

The deadline has passed. Information on the 2020 grants will be available summer 2019.


Samuel and Marion Merrill

Throughout his forty-year career as a professor of history at the University of Maryland, Horace Samuel Merrill earned the high regard of colleagues and students as a committed teacher, productive scholar, and caring mentor. An outstanding American political historian of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era periods, with interests extending through the New Deal, Professor Merrill took particular delight in assisting the younger scholars he met while conducting manuscript research at the Library of Congress. With the assistance of Marion Galbraith Merrill, his wife and scholarly collaborator, Professor Merrill fostered and provided hospitality to several generations of younger historians, even beyond those who formally studied under his guidance. Many went on to their own productive and fulfilling careers with a deep appreciation of the Merrills for the intellectual and social sustenance that made a difference in the early years of their professional lives.

The Samuel and Marion Merrill Graduate Student Travel Grants, supported by a bequest from the Merrill trust, are given annually to help sponsor the travel-related costs of graduate students who are confirmed as participants on the OAH conference program and who incur expenses traveling to the annual meeting.

Five awards of $500 each may be awarded each year. Graduate students who are PhD candidates and who are presenting a paper or serving as a commentator on a session or panel are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to dissertation-stage doctoral candidates with decreasing priority given to students based on the year of matriculation in their respective PhD programs.

Please e-mail your paper title or panel title, with an abstract and a CV (indicating your anticipated year of completion of the PhD), and a paragraph describing why it is important for you to attend the meeting (besides presenting your paper or serving as a commentator if you are doing so), as a PDF by midnight PST on December 3, 2018 to the Samuel and Marion Merrill Graduate Student Travel Grants Committee at

Recipients will be notified after February 1, 2019. Grants will be announced at the 2019 OAH Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 4–6. By applying for a grant, you are agreeing to OAH’s use of your data however it is needed in the normal course of business if selected as winner or honorable mention. Read our privacy policy here.

Samuel and Marion Merrill Graduate Student Travel Grants Committee

Joanne Meyerowitz, Yale University, President-Elect (Committee Chair)
George J. Sanchez, University of Southern California, Vice President
Philip J. Deloria, Harvard University, Incoming Vice President


List of Past Winners

(Image of Marion G. Merrill, next to a photograph of her husband Samuel Merrill, was taken in 2006 at the dedication ceremony of the Merrill Room at the University of Maryland's Francis Scott Key Hall. Photo courtesy Thai Q. Nguyen.)