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W. Bruce Fye Center For the History of Medicine: W. Bruce Fye Medical History Research Travel Grant

W. Bruce Fye Medical History Research Travel Grant

The W. Bruce Fye Center for the History of Medicine is pleased to announce its annual W. Bruce Fye Medical History Research Travel Grant.  The grant is available to physicians, historians, medical students, graduate students, faculty members, and independent scholars who wish to use archival and library resources at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The grant (up to $1,500 in one calendar year) may be used for transportation, lodging, food, and incidental expenses relating to the research project. It is available to residents of the United States and Canada who live more than 75 miles from Rochester.

The W. Bruce Fye Center for the History of Medicine houses archival collections that contain official records of the Clinic and its administrative offices, official and unofficial publications, departmental annual reports, committee minutes, photographic and moving images, sound recordings, personal papers, and memorabilia relating to the Mayo Clinic, its mission, programs, and people.

To search our archival holdings, please visit the Mayo Archives Explorer (MAX).
External Internet Access to MAX
Internal Mayo Clinic Network Access to MAX

The W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library is a specialized library housing important collections in the history of medicine and allied sciences. Several thousand volumes of rare medical classics (from 1479) and early journal literature (from 1665) comprise the core collection of primary literature on all aspects of medicine and allied fields.  More recently published histories, biographies, facsimiles, and other support materials comprise the remainder of the collection of some 23,000 total volumes.  Special strengths include anesthesiology, cardiology, dermatology, immunology, ophthalmology and neurology.  The library also has a large collection of Mayo physician bound reprints.  To search the library catalog, please visit our website (

Applicants should send by e-mail as attachments the items listed below to Renee Ziemer:

  • Abstract of your project (250 words) stating the general scope and purpose

  • How historical resources at Mayo Clinic will further your research

  • Abbreviated curriculum vitae (3 pages or less)

  • One letter of reference that includes comments on your project

Timeline for 2025 grant:       

Application deadline (all materials): November 1, 2024

Successful applicant(s) will be notified by December 31, 2024

Visit(s) to Rochester must be completed by December 15, 2025

Contact information:
Renee Ziemer, History and Heritage Program Manager
W. Bruce Fye Center for the History of Medicine & Mayo Historical Suite
Mayo Clinic
200 First Street SW
Rochester, MN 55905:

(507) 284-2585