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Learn more about the Eric Swanick Special Collections Travel and Research Grant


During COVID-19, individual SFU-affiliated researchers (current students, faculty, staff) may book two-hour appointments in the SCRB reading room.

Appointments must be requested at least one week in advance.

For more details, including available days and times, safety requirements, and how to request an appointment, see Booking appointments during COVID in Special Collections and Rare Books.


Applications are invited for the Eric Swanick Special Collections Travel and Research Grant, which will help defray costs for researchers travelling to work with material from SFU's Special Collections and Rare Books division. The grant is supported by the Eric Swanick Special Collections Travel and Research Grant Endowment, established in 2017 with gifts from colleagues and friends of the longtime SFU Special Collections Librarian in honour of his 2015 retirement, and from donors in support of Special Collections and Rare Books at the W.A.C. Bennett Library.

This endowment was established to recognize Eric Swanick's significant contribution to the development of Special Collections at the SFU Library. Eric's tremendous legacy of collections at the SFU Libraries includes the history of the book; BC literary, social and political materials; and the Vancouver punk collection, among others. Under his leadership, Special Collections became renowned for its events featuring prominent collectors, authors, printers and researchers.


Two or more grants, valued at a minimum of $500 each, will be offered annually to researchers wishing to travel to Simon Fraser University to access material at Special Collections and Rare Books.

The grant recipients will be expected to bear the costs of their travel and will be reimbursed after completion of their trip, and only after providing verification of the expenses related to their travel. Acceptable receipts may include:

  • Travel expenses (airfare, train or bus fare); and
  • Accommodation (hotel or temporary rental, i.e., Airbnb bill)

How to apply

Application packages must be received at least one month before date of travel and should include:

  • a summary (no more than two pages) describing the research being undertaken;
  • a brief letter explaining how the opportunity to visit SFU's Special Collections will enhance their work and which collection(s) in particular they wish to access; and
  • a budget outlining their anticipated costs to travel to access SFU Special Collections.

Packages should be sent to:

Dean of Libraries
W.A.C. Bennett Library
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, B.C.
Canada V5A 1S6 

Contact for further information

Melissa Salrin, Head, Special Collections and Rare Books. Email: