Fellowship and Travel Grant Information--Charles A. Ryskamp Travel Grant

Charles A. Ryskamp Travel Grant Mailing address 2014 Recipients
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The Charles A. Ryskamp Travel Grant


The Charles A. Ryskamp Travel Grant is awarded on a competitive basis to a Yale College senior whose senior essay project would benefit from extended use of the Lewis Walpole Library's collections.


The grant provides funds for regular travel during the academic year to Farmington in support of senior essay research in the Library's collections, and, as necessary, occasional overnight accommodation in an eighteenth-century house on the Library's campus.


The Library's staff will be available for research consultation and guidance throughout the year.


Members of the Yale College class whose senior essays or projects would benefit from research conducted at the Lewis Walpole Library are invited to apply.

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Applicants should send the following to :

A résumé
A research proposal of not more than 1000 words, including an explanation of how the collections of the Library would play a role in research for the senior essay
A letter of reference addressing the merit of the project should be sent by each applicant’s senior essay advisor.

The application should be submitted prior to or during the research phase of the senior essay project.

The 2015-2016 Fellowship applications are currently being accepted. The deadline for application is Monday, January 11, 2016, although earlier submission is encouraged. Application materials must be submitted directly through the listing in the Yale Student Grants Database. Please note you will need to login to access the application.

To see the awards for 2014-2015 click here.

For more information, please contact Nicole L. Bouché, W.S. Lewis Librarian and Executive Director, 860-677-2140, or

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Nicole L. Bouché
W.S. Lewis Librarian and Executive Director
The Lewis Walpole Library
P.O. Box 1408
Farmington, CT 06034

Fax: 860-677-6369

More information about the scope of the collections may be obtained by phone: 860-677-2140, or by e-mail:

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much time do I need to plan to spend at the Lewis Walpole Library?

Students awarded the Charles A. Ryskamp Travel Grant, are not required to spend a specified amount of time at the Library, but the award recipient should plan to spend a minimum of several days at the Library during the course of the research period.

What is the deadline for the application?

The Library prefers applications to be submitted by late October of the student's senior year; however, applications may be submitted later in the year if necessary.

Who was Charles A. Ryskamp?

Charles A. Ryskamp, director of the Pierpont Morgan Library (1969-1986) and of the Frick Collection (1987-1997), was a long-time member of the Lewis Walpole Library Board of Managers from 1980 until his death in 2010.

On February 15, 2012, Matthew Hargraves, Associate Curator for Collections Research at the Yale Center for British Art, presented a lecture entitled "Charles Ryskamp: A Life in Arts and Letters," at the Frick Collection in New York. In the lecture, Hargraves discussed W.S. Lewis's influence on Ryskamp's career. The lecture was streamed live and video of the entire lecture can be seen online at ForaTV by clicking here.

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This year's Charles A. Ryskamp Travel Grant Award recipients

Tiraana Bains, History Department,  "Inter-racial Intimacies: The Evolution of British Attitudes towards Mixed Relationships in the Bengal Presidency, 1764-1793"

Mikko Salovaara, East Asian Studies and Economics Departments, "Transfers Between Eighteenth-Century English and Chinese Gardens"

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