The Association of Centers for the Study of Congress (ACSC) sponsors three awards each year. For more information about the following awards, or to download their applications, please visit the ACSC awards website.
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 $1000 may be used to underwrite travel, lodging, copying and other research expenses incurred from July 1- June 1 of the award year. 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. Applications for the Baker Award will be accepted until March 11, 2013, and award notifications are generally made by early April.
The Raymond W. Smock Fellowship is awarded annually in the amount of $1000 to support an individual working in a congressional center to attend the ACSC Annual Meeting in May. The award is open to individuals that have not previously attended an ACSC annual meeting and whose organization is a member of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress (ACSC). 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. Applications for the Smock Fellowship will be accepted until March 11, 2013, and award notifications are generally made by early April.
The CPR Pre-Conference Scholarship is an annual award of $500 to provide financial assistance to an individual or individuals, attending the annual CPR 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. Applications for the CPR Pre-Conference Scholarship will be accepted until May 1, 2013, and award notification will be made by early June.