Travel/Research Fund

for Studies in the History of Natural History

Watercolor of Red Headed Woodpecker 1760
"Red Headed Woodpecker"
Watercolor, ca. 1760, from the Ethelind Pope Brown
Natural History Collection in Rare Books and Special Collections.

The Travel/Research Fund for Studies in the History of Natural History was founded to strengthen the study of natural history at the University and to foster understanding and awareness of the natural history collections in the University's libraries as a major research resource in the history of natural history. Awards from the Fund may be made to USC faculty and students to assist in conducting relevant research at other institutions and to researchers from elsewhere, especially from other South Carolina colleges and universities, to conduct relevant research at the University of South Carolina.

Applicants for the Travel/Research Fund for Studies in the History of Natural History should submit a brief description of their project and specific funding request to the Director of Special Collections (address below). First consideration from each year's funds will be given to applications received before January 31. Expenses for which support may be requested include transportation, meals, and lodging at a comparable rate to the state of South Carolina's approved per diem. At the conclusion of the research period, grantees will be required to: submit a report on their research to the Director of Special Collections, acknowledge the assistance of the grant in any subsequent publication(s) resulting from the research, and submit a copy of the report and any resulting publications for deposit in the University Libraries.

For information about applying to the fund, please contact: Elizabeth Sudduth, Director of the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections , 803-777-5487 or

For more information about the natural history collections in Thomas Cooper Library, visit the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections' Web site.

For information about the collections in the South Caroliniana Library, vist the Library's Web site.

To donate to this fund and for additional information about donation, please contact us.


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