Scholarly Research

The purpose of the Santa Fe Trail Association Scholarly Research Fund is to stimulate significant scholarly research on the Santa Fe Trail suitable for publication. The fund is open to anyone whose proposal meets the requirements and fulfills the procedures set forth below.

Funds may be used to pay for: 1) Supplies and materials; 2) Services (literature searches, computer use, clerical and/or technical assistance, and copy fees); 3) Travel.  Funds may NOT be used for the purchase of equipment. Up to $1500 is available per proposal. The Santa Fe Trail Association Scholarly Research Committee will consider the purchase of items such as books and maps used in research but the purchase of such items is discouraged.

The SFTA Scholarly Research Committee will review all proposals, which must follow the form linked to these guidelines.  (See “Scholarly Research Fund Grant Form” below.) 

Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on December 1 of the current year.  Recipients will be notified by January 1 of the following year.

The Scholarly Research Grants are available for use for 8 months, ending on August 31. All funds must be expended in that timeframe.  Receipts and request for reimbursement, as well as a draft report, must be submitted to: Santa Fe Trail Association, 1349 K-156 Highway, Larned, KS 67550, or  Funds not spent revert to the Santa Fe Trail Association Scholarly Research Fund.  Recipients may receive only two consecutive awards.

FINAL REPORT:  Grantees must file a final report on the results of their research by October 15 with the Santa Fe Trail Association--Scholarly Research Committee at  This report must answer the following in 2-3 pages:

  1. Name of grantee
  2. Title of project
  3. Short description of project
  4. Short statement of the accomplishments of the project
  5. FINAL copy of the research project
  6. Publication resulting from, or anticipated from, the project
  7. Funds allocated
  8. Funds spent


Scholarly Research Fund Grant Form

Important Dates to Remember:
December 1 -- Applications for Scholarly Research Grants Due
January 1 –      Applicants notified of status
August 31 --    Request for Reimbursements Due
August 31 --    Draft of Research Project Due

October 15 --  Final Report Due