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Wilson Endowed Research Fund

The USGA Library collection is the world’s largest and most significant related to golf history. Each year, scholars visit to conduct research with the more than 100,000 catalogued items available to enhance their study and scholarly exploration.

As with many foremost special collections libraries, much of our material is best explored in person. To support original research in golf history, stipends are available to provide financial support to researchers who wish to visit Liberty Corner, N.J. to conduct research.

The USGA can award these funds through the generosity of Don M. Wilson, III. Mr. Wilson has been a member of the USGA Golf Museum and Library Committee since 2001 and was a Founding Partner of the USGA Foundation in 2018.

Apply Today: Wilson Endowed Research Fund 2025 Application

For frequently asked questions about the Wilson Endowed Research Fund, please see our FAQs.

For more information about the USGA Library and its collections, please see our Research and Resources page. 

Eligibility and Application Requirements

  • Applicants must submit a detailed overview, in a maximum 500 words, of the intended research.
  • Applicants must provide an initial list of materials to review using the USGA Library Catalog and research resources.
  • Applicants must submit a CV.
  • Applicants must submit two letters of reference using this form: Wilson Endowed Research Fund Reference Form
  • All materials must be received by the application deadline.

2024 Schedule

  • Application Deadline: April 1, 2024 - Now Closed
  • Recipients Announced: May 1, 2024

2025 Schedule

  • Application Deadline: November 15, 2024
  • Recipients Announced: December 15, 2024

Please contact with questions regarding the Wilson Endowed Research Fund.