Guidelines for the Grace Magnaghi Research Grant

Grant Origin:  The Grace H. Magnaghi Upper Peninsula Research Grant was established by Grace Magnaghi in 1999, for the support of research on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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Grant Administration:  Northern Michigan University invites applications for the Grace H. Magnaghi Upper Peninsula Research Grant for visiting fellowships to research in residence at the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives/Lydia M. Olson Library and other supporting resources in the Upper Peninsula. The grant monies are given in order to further scholarly research about the history and culture of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and to aid the researcher with some of the expenses occurred in this endeavor.

The Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives is a repository for manuscript collections that document the history of the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan and archival records that document the history of Northern Michigan University. The Archives also has an online bibliography of the Upper Peninsula entitled “Portals to the Past” (Magnaghi). Possible topical research areas include the history of education, the labor movement, politics and government, environmental preservation, religion, linguistics, immigration, literature and culture.

Applications will be drawn from proposed projects that extensively use the archives and library collections. Proposed projects must be scholarly in scope and may include thesis, dissertations, research papers and publications.


Grant Requirements:

   Applicants must submit:

  • A completed application form.
  • A current resume/vita and two letters of recommendation.
  • Evidence of Institutional Review Board clearance if necessary.

   Upon completion of the research, successful applicants will:

  • Write a short one page report of their activity in the archives/library and include receipts for expenses.
  • Conduct a public presentation within the Upper Peninsula, such as at the Sonderegger Symposium on regional history at NMU, a presentation for the public at the Archives, or within a classroom on the topic of study, etc.
  • Provide a hard copy (book, periodical, paper or dissertation, etc.) upon publication or completion of research to the NMU Archives which will further additional studies on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan--within a year of receiving the grant unless the recipient has applied for another year.



The amount and number of awards will vary based on the NMU Foundation Spending Policy. A recipient may be funded for only two consecutive years on the same research.


Selection Committee:

The Selection Committee will consist of the University Archivist, History Department Head, a faculty member with knowledge of topic, and the Dean of Graduate Studies or designee.  


Suggested places to present your research locally: (please contact the organizations you are interested in working with for more information)

The Soderegger Symposium, NMU Archive's Lecture Series, The Maritime Museum, The Iron Industry Museum, The Marquette Regional Museum, NMU's Science on Tap, The Historical Society of Michigan, The U.P. History Conference, Peter White Public Library, Michigan Historical Society Publications, The Chronicle of Michigan History. 

For graduate student winners, additional options are: the Celebration of Student Scholarship, the Three Minute Thesis competition.



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Previous Recipients of the Grace Magnaghi Research Grant