Sam Fishman Travel Grant 2022

Sam Fishman

Apply now for the 2022 Sam Fishman travel-to-collections grant! In addition to supporting travel, the award offers opportunities to present and share your research in progress.

The Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs provides awards up to $1,000 to support travel to the Reuther Library to access archival records related to the American labor movement. The award is named in honor of Sam Fishman, a former UAW and Michigan AFL-CIO leader. Widely considered to be a labor intellectual and a dynamic leader, Fishman began his career in the union movement when he was 12 years old, and during 50 years as a trade unionist, worked as a UAW union steward, advisor to UAW President Walter Reuther, Leonard Woodcock, and Doug Fraser. He later became president of the Michigan AFL-CIO before passing away in 1986 at the age of 62.

Recipients are selected through an annual competitive application process and awards may only be used to reimburse actual expenses. As part of their research visits, awardees are invited to speak about their work at an informal event at the Reuther Library, be interviewed for our podcast series "Tales from the Reuther Library," or submit a proposal for the North American Labor History Conference held on the Wayne State University campus in the fall. Recipients are required to submit a two-page research report and expense report within one month of the conclusion of their research visit, and must complete their research within one year.

Application Procedure: Applications must be received no later than April 15, 2022. Fellowship awards will be announced no later than May 1, 2022.

For further information, please contact:
Aliqae Geraci, Chair
Sam Fishman Travel Grant Selection Committee
Walter P. Reuther Library
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan 48202