HOTCUS welcomes applications from doctoral students and sessional or hourly paid post-doctoral researchers for its 2019 Travel Award competition. This year we are delighted to be able to offer one additional award. This has been made possible thanks to the generous contributions of HOTCUS members to the recent “10 for 10” 10th anniversary fundraising campaign.

HOTCUS Travel Awards support research in any area of twentieth century United States history. Applications may be made for up to £750 for research travel during the 2019 calendar year. There are no residency restrictions and travel may be to, or within, any country. Applicants must be members of HOTCUS at the time of application.

By applying for a HOTCUS Travel Award, all applicants agree that, if successful, they will undertake to present their research findings via a paper at the HOTCUS Annual Conference following their research trip.

The application form can be found here.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 20th December 2018.

Applications should be submitted to the HOTCUS Membership Secretary, Dr Joe Merton (

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the competition by mid-January 2019. Applications will be assessed using the following criteria: accuracy and clarity of costings; feasibility of research proposal and schedule; potential contribution of the proposed research to the field of twentieth century American history.

Testimonials from previous recipients can be found here.

Previous recipients:


Early Career Travel Award: Dr Jon Coburn (Newcastle University)

Doctoral Travel Awards: Emma Day (University of Oxford), Katherine Reed (University of Manchester)


Doctoral Travel Awards: Jak Allen (University of Kent),  Merve Fejzula (University of Cambridge)


Early Career Travel Award: Dr Carina Spaulding (University of Manchester)

Doctoral Travel Awards: Mark Eastwood (University of Nottingham), Pete Millwood (University of Oxford), Timo Schrader (University of Nottingham).


Early Career Travel Award: Dr Ben Offiler (University of Nottingham)

Doctoral Travel Awards: Tom Bishop (University of Nottingham), Oenone Kubie (University of Oxford), Rosemary Pearce (University of Nottingham)


Doctoral Travel Awards: Joe Ryan-Hume (University of Glasgow), James West (University of Manchester)