For nearly a decade, the Friends of Andersonville have funded an annual grant program which provides financial assistance to support original research and writing leading to interpretive works on the history of American Prisoners of War.
The following information will be of interest to those who desire to apply for financial assistance:
- Academic scholars (including graduate students), independent scholars and professional and non-professional writers are encouraged to apply.
- Awards would provide a maximum of $1,000 and can be used to offset travel expenses and other research related activities excluding large equipment purchases.
- The applicant should state clearly the research topic and chronological period to be covered in the study. In addition, the applicant should state whether the research project is for a degree program or a manuscript being prepared for publication.
- The grant is designed to promote interest in the prisoner of war experience and encourage scholarly research which leads to documentation of the prisoner of war experience in a variety of media including theses, publications and audiovisual productions. Especially encouraged are projects that cover subjects not well represented in the published record. This includes an administrative history of the park from the Civil War to the present, prisoners of war during early conflicts in American history, individual prisoner of war camps and the experiences of minorities as prisoners of war. Subject matter can also extend to relevant aspects of the prisoner of war experience, such as the families of POWs and the guards at prisoner of war camps.
Applicants should submit an application packet for the Prisoner of War Research Grant which includes an application cover sheet, a current curriculum vita and two letters of recommendation by mail. Applications submitted by electronic mail or fax will not be accepted.
The application deadline for 2015 awards is December 12, 2014. Awards will be made by January 30, 2015. Andersonville National Historic Site will acknowledge receipt of complete applications if a self-addressed, stamped envelope is included with the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
For questions regarding the research grant program, please call Chief of Interpretation and Education Eric Leonard at 229 924-0343, extension 201.