Reginald Moore Travel Grant for Research in Activism and Social Justice

The Woodson Research Center, with the support of Fondren Library, is 

pleased to support researchers in the topic of activism and social 

justice with an annual travel grant of up to $2,500. This grant is in 

honor of Mr. Reginald Moore, longtime community activist in the legacy 

of convict leasing locally in Sugar Land, Texas, as well as 

nationally. Researchers are welcome regardless of academic status. 

Projects typically include historical research in support of papers, 

exhibits, creative writing, documentaries, dissertations, journalism, 

or similar creative ventures. Funds may be used to cover the cost of 

travel (such as airfare, mileage, parking), lodging, and meals. 

Applicants should live further than 50 miles from Rice University and 

should not be current Rice University students or employees.


Application due date will be set as it becomes more clear when the 

library will be open again to the public, and then may be submitted 

via email to

Application form, which includes:

Proposed project description

Proposed dates of travel

Research budget

List of relevant library materials to be consulted, including archival 

collections from the Woodson Research Center - see to explore archival collections, which can 

be further refined by exploring “record groups” such as African 

American community, including but not limited to the Reginald Moore 

Sugar Land Convict Leasing System research collection.

Copy of your CV, as a Word doc or PDF using naming format: “LastName- 


Letter of reference. Current undergraduate or graduate students should 

include a letter from a faculty member, independent scholars may 

provide a letter from a relevant colleague.


Funds will be dispersed as reimbursement based on receipts.

This cycle of award will be January - December, 2021.