Wallis Annenberg Research Grants

Special Collections at the USC Libraries is pleased to be able to provide a research grant for scholars whose work would benefit from access to primary source materials in the USC Libraries' archival and printed collections.


Successful proposals awarded in September 2021 will not be eligible to travel to USC until January 2022 at the earliest due to COVID and budgetary restrictions. Please plan accordingly.


Who is eligible?

Anyone with a scholarly interest in conducting primary source based research at USC is invited to apply. Faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and independent scholars whose work would benefit from use of USC Libraries' special collections are eligible. Applicants must live at least 100 miles distant from the University of Southern California to be eligible. Additionally, those who have previously received a research grant from USC will not be considered.

What may the grant money be used for?

Grant money may be used for travel, for lodging, or for incidental expenses. Grant amounts are awarded up to $1,000 and must be used within one year of notification of the award.

How do I apply?

Please complete the application, and e-mail, fax, or mail it to:

Sue Luftschein
Head, Special Collections
Doheny Memorial Library, 207
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0189

Phone: (213) 740-4046
Fax: (213) 740-2343
E-mail: luftsche@usc.edu

In addition to the form, applicants are asked to supply the following:

  • Project abstract of 100 words or fewer
  • Budget for the amount of grant money requested
  • Outline of the project's goals, methods, and expected results reflecting its relationship to the primary source materials at the University of Southern California
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names, addresses, e-mail, and telephone numbers of two references familiar with your research

When is the deadline?

Applications may be submitted on September 15 or March 15. However, proposals must be made two months prior to the planned research visit.

When will I know if I will receive a grant?

Applicants will be notified of the decision within six weeks of the closing dates.

How will the funds be allocated?

The Wallis Annenberg Research Grant is provided as a reimbursement for expenses paid. Original invoices and receipts must be submitted following the research visit for reimbursement.