CSA Travel Research Grant

The CSA Travel Research Grant is a $1500 annual award intended to assist an individual (non-student) member of the Costume Society of America to travel and conduct research at a collection at a library, archive, museum or other institution or site in order to further an ongoing research project.

First awarded in 1996, this grant is now funded by the CSA Endowment. The grant is designed to further an ongoing research project and is not limited to academic study or those with academic affiliation. Recipients are encouraged to present their research to CSA members at either a regional meeting or the CSA National Symposium and to submit a short research report to Dress.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • have been a member of the Costume Society of America for at least the preceding two years
  • provide proof that work on the project is already underway
  • have confirmed that the collection they propose to visit will grant them a research appointment and that the material to be consulted will be available.

Applications will be evaluated on:

  • feasibility of time frame, work plan, and budget of the proposed project
  • methodology of the research plan and appropriateness of research sources and bibliography
  • evidence of work accomplished to date
  • applicant’s qualifications, including familiarity with subject and previous experience
  • impact of the research on the broad field of costume.

Applicants should submit a letter of application (no more than two pages), including:

  • a description of the project under way
  • evidence of work accomplished to date
  • name of the collection to be visited
  • reasons for visiting the designated collection
  • projected dates for visiting the collection and completion date for project
  • audience that will benefit from the project
  • current résumé or C.V. (no more than two pages)
  • letter from the collection they propose to visit granting a research appointment at the time required and confirming that the material to be consulted will be available
  • summary of projected budget (one page maximum)
  • Applicants will be notified of results by December 31, 2017.  A check for $1000 will be available on February 1, 2018. The results will be announced at the National Symposium. The recipient must complete travel and use these funds by March 1 of the following year and submit a report of activities, including an expense report with receipts, to the National Office to receive the remaining $500. Recipients are encouraged to present or publish their research.

    Application Procedure

    • Email your application to the Committee Chair.
    • Catherine Amoroso Leslie


    This year's application deadline has passed

    Next year's applications will be due in October of 2018.

    Past Recipients

    Dana Goodin
    New York, NY
    Jennifer Mower
    Mt. Pleasant, MI

    Kendra Van Cleave
    Alameda, California

    Anne Bissonnette
    Edmonton, AB, Canada

    Christina Johnson
    Los Angeles, CA

    No grant awarded

    Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell
    Glendale, CA

    No grant awarded

    No grant awarded

    Joseph H. Hancock II
    Norristown, PA

    Terry Satsuki Milhaupt
    New York, NY

    Denise Amy Baxter
    Denton, TX

    Carol Colburn
    Cedar Falls, IA

    Naeda B. Robinson
    Carmel, CA
    Myra Walker
    Denton, TX

    Jane Farrell-Beck
    Ames, IA
    Karen Herbaugh
    Lowell, MA

    Sandra Buckland
    Akron, OH

    Sandra Orellana
    Carson, CA

    Naeda B. Robinson
    Carmel, CA

    Linda Arthur
    Honolulu, HI

    Jacqueline Field
    Portland, Maine

    Miranda Howard Haddock
    Kalamazoo, MI

    Melinda Watt
    New York, NY