Othmer Library Travel Grant Application

Please note that the Othmer Library is closed to in-person research until further notice. Therefore we have temporarily ceased reviewing travel grant requests until we have a reopening date.

Library staff members are available for reference, research assistance, and copy services at reference@sciencehistory.org. If you aim to visit the library for research when we reopen, please contact us so that we can anticipate future need.


Travel grants are intended to help defray the cost of travel to Philadelphia solely to use the primary collections of the Othmer Library. A grant-worthy proposal will provide a short description of the research project as well as explain why the collections of the Othmer Library are important to the project. Before applying, consider contacting the librarians and curators to help define how the collections support your project by emailing reference@sciencehistory.org.

Applications can be submitted at any time and are assessed by an internal review committee on a rolling basis until funding for that fiscal year has been exhausted. No more than one travel grant per person per fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) can be awarded.

Grants must be taken within one year of the award or the grantee must request an extension or reapply. Please contact travelgrants@sciencehistory.org if you have questions.