Michael G. Karni Scholarship

The Michael G. Karni Scholarship supports visiting professors, lecturers, or graduate students from the United States or abroad using the archival sources of the University of Minnesota’s Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRC Archives), with the first preference on projects using the Finnish American collection and second preference on a project using the Baltic collections (i.e., Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian). This scholarship supports up to $1,000 to help defray travel and research-related expenses associated with a term of residence at the IHRC of 5 days or more of research. The scholarship is awarded through the Immigration History Research Center Archives Grant-in-Aid Awards competition.   

The award is a memorial to Michael Karni, a pioneering historian, and publisher of Finnish American ethnicity, who was chiefly responsible for the initial development of the Finnish American collection at the IHRC Archives. The fund has been made possible through gifts from friends and members of the Karni family along with other supporters of Finnish American scholarly activity.


Post-doctoral scholars and graduate students working in fields of migration history, ethnic studies, cultural studies, and other areas for which the IHRC Archives' extensive holdings on Finnish immigration and ethnicity are of special significance. Information about these sources is available through the IHRC Archives.

To be considered for this scholarship, candidates must:

  • demonstrate a connection between research needs and specific materials at the IHRC Archives
  • provide samples of excellent writing skills and concrete plans for publication (or thesis/dissertation schedule)
  • possess Finnish language proficiency (for projects requiring sources in Finnish)


To apply, send the following materials:

  • application letter of approximately two pages including estimated dates of residency; description of the research project including goals, framework, and preliminary thesis; collection to be consulted; and estimated budget.
  • current curriculum vitae
  • names and contact information for two references.

Send by September 1st to ihrca@umn.edu (Attn: Grant-in-Aid Committee), or mail the materials to:

IHRCA Grant-in-Aid Committee
Immigration History Research Center Archives
University of Minnesota
311 Andersen Library
222 21st Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455


The deadline to apply is September 1 of each year and the research visit is to occur within the next 13 months.