Ridgway Grant


The General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgway Military History Research Grant


The Ridgway Family Endowment provides funding to the U.S. Army Military History Institute for the General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgway Military History Research Grant Program. The intent of the program is to support on-site research at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on subjects that are of enduring or emerging value to the history of the Army and are well-supported by the USAHEC's holdings.

Who May Apply? Individuals actively engaged in the study of military history may apply, to include research as part of a master's or doctorate program in military history (or a related field) or research toward a book, monograph, journal article, or other scholarly product. The selection committee interprets "military history" in the broadest sense.

How to Apply: Submit applications to usarmy.carlisle.awc.mbx.ahec-ves@mail.mil. Applications may only be submitted electronically and should include the required items listed below. Please combine all required documents in the order below into one PDF and include your last name in the file name.

Required Grant Application Items (Application form changed from last year's form):

  • Application form (click here)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Brief essay detailing the objective and status of the proposed research
  • Detailed list of USAHEC holdings most likely to support proposed research
  • Letters of recommendation (for those enrolled in degree programs)

When to Apply: Applications are due by 28 February 2020. Applications dispatched after 28 February will be considered the following year.

Selection/Timeline: The Ridgway Committee consists of current or former members of USAHEC and the U.S. Army War College and are appointed by the executive vice president of the Ridgway Fund Board. The committee will notify recipients by 31 March 2020.

Due to USAHEC'S ongoing digitization project:

  • Please call the reference desk at 717-245-3949, Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm, regarding any issues with the online catalog and determining the availability of collections.
  • The process of digitization and rehousing of our historical materials could cause an interruption in service for our users. Once a document, manuscript, or photograph collection is pulled, it currently takes 12 months until it is available again for research
  • Grant recipients will have a two year window to visit USAHEC and conduct their research, starting from the date they are notified of being awarded a grant. One year extensions are possible, by exception.
  • Recipients should make every effort to coordinate ahead of time in order to maximize their time here. USAHEC staff will do the best they can to support on-site research.