Clements Center Research Travel Grants

The Clements Center-DeGolyer Library 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 Clements Center-DeGolyer Library Research Travel Grants help to promote the use of DeGolyer's holdings related to Southwestern history, literature, and culture.  DeGolyer has renowned collections of rare books, pamphlets, periodicals, maps, photographs, and broadsides related to the history of the American West and the Southwest in particular. 

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.

Grants are $700 per week that can be awarded for periods of one to two weeks to help to defray costs of travel, lodging, and research materials. 

It is highly recommended that applicants who have questions about the appropriateness of the DeGolyer collections to their research project should consult in advance Russell Martin, director of the DeGolyer Library or call (214) 768-3234.

Applicants should provide a project outline and explain how work in the DeGolyer Library's collections will enhance their research.  Please specify the length of research time needed at the library. Applicants should also include a curriculum vitae and two letters of reference from persons who can assess the significance of their project and their scholarship record. 

Grant applications are 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.

Andrew R. Graybill, Director
Clements Center for Southwest Studies
P.O. Box 750176
Dallas, TX 75275-0176

If you have questions, however, please contact the Clements Center at (214) 768-3684.

Image: Everette Lee DeGolyer, U.S. Geological Survey, October 6, 1907.  "This is real, if you don't like it, tear it up." Courtesy of the DeGolyer Library, SMU.