Clements Center Research Travel Grants

Clements Center Research Travel Grants


DeGolyer Library at SMU will be closed to the general public starting June 1, 2015, as part of the renovation in Fondren Library. Over the next 12 months, we’ll be moving all our collections, work spaces, offices, and reading room. We’ll attempt to keep up with reference queries and photo orders as best we can during the renovation, but there will be times when some of our materials will be completely inaccessible or in transit or stored off site.  Our various digital collections, of course, will remain accessible: see

We appreciate everyone’s patience and look forward to serving researchers in renovated facilities in 2016! For more information about DeGolyer Library and the progress of the renovation itself, bookmark our web page and the Fondren Renovation blog:


The William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies offers Research Travel Grants to applicants who live outside the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area in order to encourage a broader and more intensive use of the special collections at DeGolyer Library. These awards ensure that the library’s holdings – which are among the very best in the Southwest – are brought to the attention of scholars and their readers, nationally and worldwide. Moreover, these grants bring leading researchers to SMU, which assists in raising the profile of the university as well as the wider Dallas community. In publications resulting from research conducted in its collections, grant recipients will be expected to acknowledge the support of the DeGolyer Library and the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at SMU.

Major subject strengths include the European exploration and discovery of the Americas, the development of the Spanish and Mexican borderlands, and the history of the Trans-Mississippi West. The library also possesses significant collections in the fields of business, transportation (especially related to railroads), and science and technology (with notable holdings in the history of geology). Other collections are devoted to major and minor figures in English and American literature, and there is significant material related to tourism in Mexico.

The DeGolyer Library preserves over 120,000 volumes of rare and scholarly works, over 2,500 separate manuscript collections, over 500,000 photographs, several thousand maps, hundreds of rare periodicals and newspapers, and a large and growing collection of printed ephemera. 

The library’s website is 

Four separate research travel grants are available, with applications considered two times annually: May 15 (for use between June 1 and November 30) and November 15 (for use between December 1 and May 30). All grant funds must be used in their entirety during the award period.

The Clements Center-DeGolyer Library Research Travel Grants help promote the use of the DeGolyer's extraordinary holdings related to Southwestern history.

Business History Travel Grants are available for scholars who are working on business-related projects.

The Bonham Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Award Research Grants
are for scholars whose work will advance the understanding of the history of Texas.

The Ruth Morgan Women of the Southwest Research Fellowships encourage work in women’s history or political history.