Ruth Lilly Archives Research Award

The IUPUI University Library invites applications for the Ruth Lilly Archives Research Award.  The competitive program awards grants up to $4,000 in any discipline for research that requires use of the Philanthropy Archives of the IUPUI University Library.

The Philanthropy Archives ( at IUPUI University Library offers a diverse array of primary source materials documenting the world's philanthropic tradition.  It is distinguished by holding the records of such key national institutions as the Independent Sector, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Giving Institute, several of the country's leading fund raising firms and foundations, and the Foundation Center Historical Foundation Collection.  In addition, the Philanthropy Archives documents the rich legacy of philanthropy in Indianapolis through preserving the records of the Indianapolis Foundation, Flanner House, the Health Foundation of Central Indiana, and many others.

To apply for the Ruth Lilly Archives Research Award, the initial step is to contact the Philanthropic Studies Archivist to discuss your research and the availability of the collections.  The second step is to submit a resume/vita and a cover letter including the following information:

  • Name, contact information (including phone and email address)
  • Title and brief description of the project
  • Description of how the Philanthropy Archives Collection will be utilized in the research project
  • Dates and duration of the project
  • Amount requested and budget summary. Allowable expenses include round-trip travel, temporary lodging, food, photocopying, and other research expenses.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.  Proposals should be sent to:

Fran Huehls
IUPUI University Library
755 West Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN  46202
Phone:  317-278-2313  

For more information about the Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives visit the website at

Last updated by lcalvert on 03/11/2015