Rose & Sigmund Strochlitz Travel Grants

Archives and Special Collections invites scholars and researchers at any career stage to apply for travel support for their work in the Archives’ collections from the Rose and Sigmund Strochlitz Travel Grant fund.   

Grants of up to $3000 USD will be awarded annually on a competitive basis.  Applicants are selected by the Head of Archives & Special Collections and archivist(s) for collections relevant to the applicant’s project. Priority will be given to those who have a demonstrated research need that utilizes materials available in Archives and Special Collections.  

Recipients agree to consult the collections of Archives and Special Collections for the purpose outlined in the project proposal and to describe the value of the research experience in relation to the project. 

Applicants should submit the following materials with their application: 

  • brief description (no more than two pages) of the project 
  • preliminary list of collections to be consulted 
  • resume 
  • two letters of support attesting to the value of the project 

Deadline: Applications are accepted and reviewed one-time annually. The deadline for submission is January 30. Applicants will receive written notification, if their proposal is approved, within one month of the deadline.  Awardees are allowed nine months to complete the requirements of the grant.  Grant funds are paid to awardees following completion of the grant. A minimum period of eight weeks is necessary to process and deliver the award check.  

For more information, contact: 

Archives & Special Collections

University of Connecticut Library 
405 Babbidge Road, Unit 1205 
Storrs, CT 06269-1205


About Rose and Sigmund Strochlitz 

Sigmund Strochlitz actively supported the University of Connecticut and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center with his generous contributions to the construction and naming of the Center in 1995 and the establishment of an endowment to support the travel grants named in his honor.  

Rose Grinberg Strochlitz was born in Krakow, Poland, where she studied languages and worked as a paralegal before World War II. Sigmund Strochlitz was born in Bendezin, Poland and studied economics at the University of Krakow (Poland) until the outbreak of war in 1939. They both survived internment in concentration camps during the Holocaust, though almost all members of their extended families were murdered. After liberation they lived in the Bergen Belsen Displaced Persons Camp, where they married. They moved to the United States in 1951. In the United States, Mr. Strochlitz worked in the exports business prior to becoming a Ford automobile dealer, first on Long Island and then at Whaling City Ford in New London, Connecticut.  

A member of the United States Holocaust Commission, Mr. Strochlitz then served on the United States Holocaust Council. He was the first chairman of The Days of Remembrance and established annual Holocaust commemorations in the Capitol in Washington, D.C. and in all 50 states. In 1992 President George H. W. Bush appointed him to the Presidential Commission on the Preservation of Americans’ Heritage Abroad, and in 1993 French President Francois Mitterand appointed him a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic. He was awarded the Elie Wiesel Remembrance Award (1986), National Holocaust Remembrance Tribute (1986), and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor (1997). Connecticut College, Haifa University (Israel) and Bar Ilan University (Israel) have each awarded Mr. Strochlitz Honorary Doctorates. 

 Rose Strochlitz died in 2001. Sigmund Strochlitz died on October 16, 2006, at the age of 89.