The Speculative Literature Foundation offers a US$800 travel research grant each year to writers of speculative literature (in fiction, poetry,drama, or creative nonfiction). It’s a brilliant opportunity to have your research partially or wholly funded. The grant can be used to be used to cover airfare, lodging, and/or other travel expenses.
Current applications close 30 September 2014. For more inormation, and details on how to apply, head over to http://speclit.org/Grants/SLFTravelGrant.php
Some amazing projects have been helped by this grant. Past winners have used the money to travel to elephant sanctuaries to research the relationship between elephants and their caretakers (for a novel that included reference to the well-known story of how the Hindu god Ganesha got his elephant head); to travel to Seville, Ecuador, to research records concerning the Spanish Inquisition and the history of a local family for a historical novel with elements of magical realism; and even to research the history of female astronauts and undertake basic flight training as part of research for a fabulist novel – including travel to NASA Headquarters Library in Washington, DC, Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and Johnson Space Center in Houston.
[Note: I am one of the jurors assessing the grant applications this year, but if I happen to receive an application from someone I know, well … sorry! No special favours. I will declare my conflict and pass your application to another juror].