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Research Awards

William J. Hill Visiting Researcher Research Awards

Mitzie Wittliff Visiting Scholar Research Awards

Eleanor Alexander Stribling Wittliff Collections Research Awards

The Wittliff is pleased to offer a limited number of awards to help defray travel costs for scholars using its resources on site.

Available Award Levels

In-State Awards: $250-$500

Reserved for in-state residents of Texas who must travel to San Marcos for short-term research projects.

Domestic Awards: up to $1,200

For researchers within the United States (including Texas) who must travel to San Marcos for longer-term research projects.


International Awards: up to $1,700

For researchers who must travel from outside the United States for research projects.

Note: Each award award is subject to Federal income tax withholding up to a rate of 30 percent, unless exempt or at a reduced rate under certain Internal Revenue Code classifications or a tax treaty. Upon acceptance of this award, you will be required to complete documents relating to payment information and tax requirements.


Anyone engaged in a research project that requires travel to San Marcos for substantial use of the archives at The Wittliff is eligible to apply. This includes undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students, as well other scholars and documentarians. We strongly encourage past applicants who were not selected to reapply. Previous recipients are also welcome to apply for funding, although preference will be given to those who have not received an award in the past.


Wittliff curators and archivists will evaluate the applications based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated applicability of the resources at The Wittliff to the research project
  • Scholarly contribution of the project
  • Originality of the research.

Application Guidelines

Applicants for a Research Award must provide:

  • An abstract of the project that includes a brief explanation of the project, the goals of the research (i.e., article, book, dissertation, documentary, preferably with title) and description of which collection(s) you plan on using at The Wittliff. The description should not exceed 1,000 words and should indicate how the collections relate to your research. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact an archivist or curator in advance to help determine available resources.
  • A current CV or resume.
  • Proposed budget estimating travel, lodging, and other anticipated expenses.
  • Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctoral students should provide a letter of recommendation from their advisers.


Completed applications in PDF to Katie Salzmann at

Deadline for applications for a 2024/2025 Research Award is March 1, 2024.

Awards will be announced in April, 2024 and the recipients must conduct their research at The Wittliff between May 1, 2024 and May 1, 2025.