Presidential Records

Research Grants at Presidential Libraries

Several private foundations associated with our Presidential Libraries provide grants-in-aid to assist researchers studying Presidential Library holdings. Please contact the foundations to confirm eligibility.

The Hoover Presidential Association awards grants to researchers to cover the cost of trips to the Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch.

The Roosevelt Institute supports a program of small grants-in-aid in support of research on the "Roosevelt years" or related subjects. Funds are awarded for the sole purpose of helping to defray living, travel, and related expenses incurred while conducting research at the Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum.

The Harry S. Truman Library Institute for National and International Affairs provide assistance to emerging and established scholars whose contributions illuminate the critical issues of Harry S.Truman’s presidency and legacy.

The Eisenhower Foundation awards Abilene Research Travel Grants which assists scholars' research of primary sources in the Eisenhower Presidential Library in such fields as history, government, economics, communications, and international affairs. The grants program is funded and administered by the Eisenhower Foundation in Abilene, Kansas.

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation offers competitive research fellowships and grants every year to scholars and students who wish to make use of the archival holdings (including audiovisual materials) of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

The Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation offers a limited number of grants for research at the LBJ Presidential Library. Grants may be used for research for dissertations, theses, senior papers, publications, and other projects. 

The Gerald R. Ford Foundation offer grants to support dissertation research and writing in any field related to any aspect of the United States political process and public policy during the last half of the 20th century. Travel Grants in support of research in the holdings of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum are also available.

The George Bush Library Foundation has research grant programs to assist scholars conducting research at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Additional grants for presidential research are offered by The White House Historical Association.