Baker Award

The Richard A. Baker Graduate Student Travel Grant is awarded annually to support graduate-level research conducted at member repositories of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress (ACSC). An award of up to $1500 may be used to underwrite travel, lodging, copying and other research expenses incurred from July 1- June 1 of the award year. The Scholarships and Awards Committee may divide the award between two applicants. Each application will be evaluated on its merits. Primary consideration will be given to projects involving the substantive study of issues related to the study of Congress. Each proposal should be aimed at a discrete end product such as a book, dissertation, thesis, article, documentary, film, exhibit, Web site or social networking site. Budgets may be approved in whole or in part. Each award recipient is required to acknowledge the award in any resulting published work(s) and donate a copy of the work(s) to ACSC and the sponsoring archival repository. The recipient may also be requested to submit a brief article summarizing their findings and research experience for publication by ACSC. The Baker Award honors ACSC founding member and U. S. Senate Historian Emeritus Richard A. Baker. Award notification will be made by early May.

Application Deadline: April 10, 2020

2020 Baker Award Application (.docx)

2020 Baker Award Application (.pdf)

Smock Award

The Raymond W. Smock Fellowship in the amount of $1000 is awarded annually to an individual or individuals working in a congressional center that is a member of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress (ACSC) who has not previously attended an ACSC annual meeting. The Smock Fellowship honors ACSC founding member and first president, Raymond W. Smock, director of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies, Shepherd University.

Application Deadline: March 6, 2020

2020 Smock Award Application (.docx)

2020 Smock Award Application (.pdf)

Congressional Papers Section (CPS) Pre-Conference Scholarship

The CPS Pre-Conference Scholarship is an annual award of $500 to provide financial assistance to an individual or individuals, attending the annual CPS pre-conference meeting at the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting. The award was created by the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress in 2011 to acknowledge the Congressional Papers Roundtable's role in promoting the preservation and use of congressional collections. Award notification will be made by mid-May.

Application Deadline: May 8, 2020

2020 CPS Pre-Conference Scholarship Application (.docx)

2020 CPS Pre-Conference Scholarship Application (.pdf)


Grants for Research in Congressional Collections

The ACSC announces a new program, “Grants for Research in Congressional Collections,” funded at $2,500 per year for a two-year test period beginning September 1, 2013. ACSC institutional members will be eligible to apply for individual grants not to exceed $250 on behalf of individuals conducting research in an ACSC member’s congressional collections. Note that this grants program is unusual in that grants will be awarded after research has been conducted.

If you conduct research at an ACSC member institution, please ask the staff for information about the program.

For further information, contact: Jay Wyatt at

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