The LSU Libraries is offering two research travel grants of $1000 each to support the work of researchers who use the rich holdings of the LSU Special Collections Library. The purpose of the grant is to support a researcher’s travel and lodging costs associated with a research trip to Baton Rouge, LA. Graduate level, post-doctoral, faculty and independent researchers who live outside the Baton Rouge area are encouraged to apply. A research plan is a requirement for the application and will be used in choosing the travel grant recipients.

LSU Special Collections contains manuscripts dating back to the French colonial period and show, along with everything else about the evolution of Louisiana, the important role that Catholicism has played here from the start. Collections include church records and documents from religious orders, many family papers in the collections contain prayer books, sacramental certificates, and correspondence testifying to the centrality of Catholicism in the lives of Louisianans of varying social backgrounds over the ages. More on the Catholic resources in LSU Special Collections can be found at

Applications are due April 30, 2017. See for application instructions.