Archives & Special Collections of the University of Connecticut Library supports the research of scholars throughout the United States and from abroad. The Rose and Sigmund Strochlitz Travel Grants are intended to encourage use of these unique collections and to provide partial support to outstanding scholars who must travel long distances to consult them. Grants are awarded twice a year to promising graduate students and to established scholars who plan to conduct research in the reading room of Archives & Special Collections.
Awards up to $500 are made to graduate students and post-doctoral students; established scholars are eligible for awards of up to $1,500. Approximately $3,000 in grants are available each year.
Travel grants are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who are selected by a committee composed of Archives & Special Collections staff with consultation from University of Connecticut faculty. The committee attempts to approve awards in a number of subject fields reflecting the strengths of Archives & Special Collections. Criteria for selection include the significance of the individual's research project, his or her scholarly research credentials and letters of support and an identified need to use the Archives & Special Collections materials.
Travel grants recipients agree to conduct their research in Archives & Special Collections as indicated in their proposal, agree to:
- meet with University faculty and library staff to discuss their research if requested, and
- publicize the use of the collections and/or the impact of the collections consulted will have on the recipient's research via blog post, podcast or give a public lecture within their specified academic discipline.
Awards are advertised electronically and in printed scholarly publications, as appropriate. Applicants should submit the following materials with their applications:
- A summary description (no more than two pages) of their research project and the need to consult collections in connection with their research
- A current resume
- Proposed budget
- Two letters of support, from appropriate scholars, attesting to the value of the research (submitted separately, from your supporters, on this form).
Application available here.
Applications are reviewed twice a year. The deadline for travel in March - August is January 30; travel in September - February is June 30. Applicants will receive written notification if their proposal has been approved within one month of the receipt of their application. Grant funds are paid following completion of the requirements of the grant which includes the public presentation or receipt of text for publication. There is a minimum processing period of eight weeks from the time of the visit.
Rose Grinberg Strochlitz was born in Krakow, Poland, where she studied languages and worked as a paralegal before World War II. Sigmund Strochlitz was born in Bendezin, Poland and studied economics at the University of Krakow (Poland) until the outbreak of war in 1939. They both survived internment in concentration camps during the Holocaust, though almost all members of their extended families were murdered. After liberation they lived in the Bergen Belsen Displaced Persons Camp, where they married. They moved to the United States in 1951.
In the United States, Mr. Strochlitz worked in the exports business prior to becoming a Ford automobile dealer, first on Long Island and then at Whaling City Ford in New London, Connecticut. A member of the United States Holocaust Commission, Mr. Strochlitz then served on the United States Holocaust Council. He was the first chairman of The Days of Remembrance and established annual Holocaust commemorations in the Capitol in Washington, D.C. and in all 50 states. In 1992 President George H. W. Bush appointed him to the Presidential Commission on the Preservation of Americans' Heritage Abroad, and in 1993 French President Francois Mitterand appointed him a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic. He was awarded the Elie Wiesel Remembrance Award (1986), National Holocaust Remembrance Tribute (1986), and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor (1997). Connecticut College, Haifa University (Israel) and Bar Ilan University (Israel) have each awarded Mr. Strochlitz Honorary Doctorates.
Rose Strochlitz died in 2001. Sigmund Strochlitz died on October 16, 2006, at the age of 89. Mr. Strochlitz actively supported the University of Connecticut with his generous contributions to the construction and naming of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center and the establishment of an endowment to support the travel grants named in his honor.