Visiting Scholar Grant Application Deadline is June 1, 2012

The Michael G. Karni Scholarship and the Grant in Aid Program support scholars traveling to conduct research in the historical collections at the Immigration History Research Center. Applications on the theme of immigrant communication will be given preference in 2012-2013, and the deadline is June 1, 2012.

The Michael G. Karni Scholarship provides $1,000 for a minimum of ten days of research at the IHRC. The scholarship is named in honor of Michael Karni, a Finnish-American scholar whose work at the IHRC preserved and created access to numerous ethnic collections. Applicants must propose research in the Center's Finnish-American or Baltic collections, with preference given to Finnish topics. Two reference letters are required.

Grants in Aid of up to $500 are available to support five-day residencies or $1,000 for a ten-day post-doctoral residency. Applications will be accepted to support work in any IHRC collection, but post-doctoral funding availability is strongest in these areas: Estonian, Finnish, Greek, Italian, Latvian and Near Eastern.

Grants in Aid may support research for academic publication, public history projects, interpretive treatments or performing arts exploring the broad theme of immigrant communication. A short list of collections/print materials to be studied and a plan for dissemination of research are required in the application. Post-doctoral scholars will provide research-in-progress talks while at the IHRC.

The Center's scholarship and grant funding is intended to help defray expenses of visiting graduate students, faculty and independent scholars from the U.S. and abroad who travel from locations outside of the Twin Cities to conduct research in the IHRC's collections. Grants are available through the generosity of donors to the IHRC's ethnic and general funds, the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History and the Michael G. Karni Scholarship Fund. Awards are made on a competitive basis for research specific to the IHRC's collections, as funding permits. Applicants must have language skills adequate for their research.

Information about specific fund programs is available at Researchers should discuss their topics with archival staff to ensure a competitive application. An individual can receive support from only one program in a year and customarily no more than two awards.

The IHRC holds one of the most important historical collections in the world of multi-ethnic immigrant experience and migration. The center's archival and print collections contain:

(1) mass migration to the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries from Central, Southern and Eastern Europe, Finland and the Near East;
(2) 20th-century displaced persons, including those from Europe after World War II and newer migration streams from Africa and Southeast Asia; and
(3) representative collections documenting U.S. immigration.

About 2,000 archival finding aids are available online at, with about half of the center's historical print listed through the University of Minnesota's cataloging system ( After reviewing finding aids, please e-mail ihrc[at] to request a consultation with the archivist to ensure that proposed research matches available collections.

Availability: Awards may be used for research at the IHRC between August 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013 during the Center's normal working hours and days.

Terms: The Karni Scholarship and the Post-doctoral Grant in Aid provide up to $1,000 for a research residency of not less than two weeks (ten research days). Recipients will give a public presentation during the residency. Grant-in-Aid awards for up to $500 support a research residency at the IHRC of not less than one week (five research days). Presentation may be proposed in application (optional).

Application Deadline: June 1, 2012.

Who May Apply? Graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, faculty, and independent scholars, in the U.S. or internationally, who live more than a day's drive from the Twin Cities.

Selection Criteria:
(1) Demonstrated connection between research and specific historical materials at the IHRC
(2) Language proficiency for the proposed collections
(3) Plan for disseminating research
(4) Preference for the Karni Scholarship is for Finnish-American topics. Preference for Grants in Aid given to newer and international scholars (including graduate students); post-doctoral applicantions are especially encouraged for Estonian, Finnish, Greek, Italian, Latvian and Near Eastern collections

Application Materials:
(1) Application letter of no more than two pages (outlining research project, plan for dissemination, collections to be consulted, dates of residency and budget)
(2) Current curriculum vitae of no more than two pages
(3) The Karni Scholarship application requires two letters of reference to be submitted; Grant-in-Aid applications require only names and contact information (including email) for two references

Send application materials electronically with time stamp of June 1, 2012, and subject line "Visiting Scholar Funding" to ihrc[at] Applications also may be sent to the following postal address, postmarked by June 1, 2012:

Visiting Scholar Funding
c/o Program Director
Immigration History Research Center
University of Minnesota
311 Elmer L. Andersen Library
222 - 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Questions about preparing the application may be sent to E. Haven Hawley, Program Director, at ihrc[at]

The Immigration History Research Center is a unit of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.