Presidential Libraries and Museums

Presidential Libraries Grants

Several private foundations associated with our Presidential Libraries provide grants-in-aid to assist researchers studying Presidential Library holdings.


Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association (HHPLA) annually awards grants to researchers to cover the cost of trips to the Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch.

  • Funds must be used for research at the Hoover Library. Although there is no specific dollar limit, grants have ranged up to $1,500 per applicant in recent years.
  • The HHPLA also will consider larger requests for extended graduate and post-doctoral research.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute supports a program of small grants-in-aid, not to exceed $2500, in support of research on the "Roosevelt years" or clearly related subjects.

  • Grants are awarded each spring and fall.
  • The deadlines for grant submissions are February 15 and September 15.
  • Funds are awarded for the sole purpose of helping to defray living, travel, and related expenses incurred while conducting research at the Roosevelt Library.

Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum
The Harry S. Truman Library Institute for National and International Affairs is the private, non-profit partner of the Harry S. Truman Library. The Institute's purpose is to foster the Truman Library as a center for research and as a provider of educational and public programs.

  • Applications for funding will be considered by the Institute's Committee on Research, Scholarship and Academic Relations.
  • The Gilbert Foundation has partially underwritten the grants program which includes Research Grants, Dissertation Year Fellowships, Undergraduate Student Grants, and Scholar's Award.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation provides funds for the award of a number of research grants in the range of $500 to $2,500. Scholars and students are invited by the Kennedy Library and Library Foundation to apply for these research grants.

  • Grants are awarded each year in the spring and fall.
  • The purpose of these grants is to help defray living, travel, and related costs incurred while doing research in the textual and non-textual holdings of the library.

Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation strongly recommends that applicants contact the library for information concerning materials available on the proposed research topic prior to submitting a grant-in-aid proposal. Grants normally range in size from $500 to $2,000. In addition, the foundation awards a "one time only" grant of $75.00 for photocopying purposes to graduate students enrolled within a 50-mile radius of Austin. Application forms are available on our web site or by request to the Supervisory Archivist.

  • Limited numbers of grants-in-aid of research are awarded twice a year
  • Deadlines for applications are February 28 and August 31 of each year.
  • Grants are awarded for the sole purpose of helping to defray living, travel, and related expenses incurred while conducting research at the library.

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum
Two grant programs are available to support research in the holdings of the Gerald R. Ford Library:

  • The Gerald R. Ford Foundation awards several Research Travel Grants of up to $2,000 each in support of research in the holdings of the Gerald R. Ford Library. A grant defrays travel, living, and photocopy expenses of a research trip to the Ford Library. Grants are awarded twice a year with application deadlines of March 15 and September 15.
  • The "Gerald R. Ford Scholar Award (Dissertation Award) in Honor of Robert Teeter" in the amount of $5,000 is given annually to one individual to support dissertation research on an aspect of the U.S. political process during the latter part of the twentieth century. Deadline for this award is May 1.

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
The Bush Library Foundation has instituted two research grant programs to assist scholars conducting research at the George Bush Presidential Library. The Korea Grant Program is made possible through an endowment from the Korea Foundation. Awards for both grants range from $500 to $2,500. Information and applications for these grant programs can be received from the foundation office.

  • The Peter and Edith O'Donnell Research Grant supports research in any field, but must include holdings of the George Bush Presidential Library.
  • The Korea Grant Program focuses on Asia, particularly Korea, and also must include the holdings of the George Bush Presidential Library.

Additional grants for research in Presidential Libraries are offered by The White House Historical Association.

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