Grants

US Army Ret. Lt. Col. Cornelius W. Barton
Military Project Grant

An award of $500 is presented in memory of the late Cornelius W. Barton for a graduate student (MA, MS, or PhD) conducting research on any topic pertaining to military history or military archaeology.  Mr. Barton served in the Army and had a very keen interest in archeology and history his entire life.  His family has donated the money for this grant in his memory with the hope of fostering the same love of history in others.  The purpose of the grant is to assist a student in advancing their research project and can be used for any justifiable expense (for example, but not limited to: equipment acquisitions, analysis costs, software purchases, or to help defray the costs of fieldwork).  One grant will be awarded annually on a competitive basis and will be administered by the Battlefield Restoration and Archaeological Volunteer Organization (BRAVO).

Grant requirements:

  • Research proposal, no more than three pages long, that describes the research, its potential contributions to military history or archaeology, and a justification of how the funds will be used.  Maps, graphics, etc. may be additionally attached.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Two letters of support, including one from the student’s advisor that indicates the expected date of completion of the project and that the student is in good standing with the department.
  • A letter is requested at the completion of the project, updating BRAVO on how the money was used to benefit the project.

Deadline for nomination: July 1.  Please submit all applications electronically in Adobe PDF format to bravodigs@gmail.com.

Contact: Dan Sivilich, BRAVO President at bravodigs@gmail.com
Award Date: The selected recipient will be notified by email.

Bill Hermstedt Fields of Conflict Travel Stipend

An award of $1,000 is presented in memory of the late Bill Hermstedt for a graduate student or recent graduate (MA, MS, or PhD) conducting research on any topic pertaining to military history or military archaeology as a travel stipend for the biennial Fields of Conflict conference.  Bill was a charter member of BRAVO. He is best known for finding a cache of 30 bayonets at the 1777 Valley Forge encampment. He also found a piece of lead canister at the site of the 1778 Battle of Monmouth. This projectile tested positive for human blood protein which made worldwide news. Bill’s willingness to work and his unfailing good humor made him a valuable member of BRAVO. The purpose of this stipend is to assist a student in presenting a paper at the biennial Fields of Conflict conference run by CAIRN (Conflict Archaeology International Network).  One grant will be awarded annually on a competitive basis and will be administered by the Battlefield Restoration and Archaeological Volunteer Organization (BRAVO).  This grant is not restricted to US projects, but will be paid by check in US dollars.

Grant requirements:

  • A summary of the paper to be presented, no more than three pages long, that describes the research and its potential contributions to military history or military archaeology.  Maps, graphics, etc. may be additionally attached.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Two letters of support, including one from the student’s advisor that indicates the expected date of completion of the project and that the student is in good standing with the department. Recent graduates can waive the letter requirement and attach a copy of their degree.

Deadline for nomination: Three months before the conference start date.  Please submit all applications electronically in Adobe PDF format to bravodigs@gmail.com.

Contact: Dan Sivilich, BRAVO President at bravodigs@gmail.com

Award Date: The selected recipient will be notified by email approximately 2 months before the conference start date.

Bill Hermstedt with a cache of 30 American Bayonets from the Revolutionary War