Travel and Research Grants

Mark C. Stevens Fellowship & Bordin/Gillette Fellowship


The travel and research grant program is designed to encourage research and writing based on the holdings of the Bentley Historical Library. The named fellowships that constitute the program provide a modest amount of support to facilitate travel to the library and to underwrite research related expenses. The Bentley Historical Library houses the Michigan Historical Collections and the University of Michigan Archives. The Michigan Historical Collections is a broadly conceived archival collection that documents the history of the state of Michigan. The library's holdings number over 8,000 collections and document every period of Michigan's history, from the territorial era to the present day. The extensive University of Michigan archives document the history of the institution from 1817 to the present.


Fellowships are open to scholars working on doctoral dissertations or conducting postdoctoral research. A researcher's topic need not be specific to the history of Michigan, but in all cases it must require significant use of the holdings of the Bentley Library.

Scholars resident in Ann Arbor are eligible to apply provided that their work is considerably underway and based primarily on the holdings of the Bentley Library.


Applications for fellowships will be reviewed by a seven-member selection committee consisting of the program directors, staff archivists familiar with the collections, and external reviewers.

Fellowships and Applications

Fellowships are awarded twice yearly. Awards are made to a maximum of $1,500. Applications require a statement about the project, a brief curriculum vitae, submission of a budget, and two letters of support. Application postmark deadlines for each year fall on October 15 and March 15. Applicants will be notified of the review results within a month of the deadlines.

Past Award Recipients

For further information and application forms, contact Nancy Bartlett,