Mary Lily Research Grants

What are the Mary Lily Research Grants?

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The Sallie Bingham Center provides research travel grants of up to $1,000 for researchers whose work would benefit from access to the women's history collections held at Duke University's Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The grants are named in honor of Mary Lily Kenan Flagler Bingham.

The following groups also participate in the travel grant program:

  • John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture

  • John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising, and Marketing History

  • History of Medicine Collections also participate in the travel grant program.

For more information, please see the our main travel grant page.

Who is eligible?

  • Faculty members, graduate or undergraduate students and or independent scholars with a research project requiring the use of materials held by the Sallie Bingham Center  

  • All applicants must reside beyond a 100-mile radius of Durham, N.C.

What expenses does the grant cover?   

  • transportation expenses (including air, train or bus ticket charges; car rental; mileage using a personal vehicle; and parking fees)

  • accommodations

  • meals

Expenses will be reimbursed once the grant recipient completes his or her research visit(s) and submits original receipts.

What research topics are appropriate?

The Sallie Bingham Center documents the public and private lives of women through a wide variety of published and unpublished sources. Collections of personal papers, family papers and organizational records complement print sources such as books and periodicals. Particular strengths of the Sallie Bingham Center's collections are:

  • the history of feminist activism and theory

  • prescriptive literature

  • girls' literature

  • artist's books by women

  • lay and ordained church women

  • gender expression

  • women's sexuality

  • the history and culture of women in the South

Find more detailed information about our collections in our Research Guides. All of our materials are included in the Duke University Libraries online catalog.

How do I apply?   

Research topics should be strongly supported by the collections of the Sallie Bingham Center. We encourage each applicant to discuss his or her research project and the Rubenstein Library collections that might support it with our reference archivist before submitting an application. Submit an inquiry via our online form.

  • Complete the online application form [the 2014 deadline is now past], which includes uploading a CV. (You may start the form and return to it later, but you must complete it within a week from the same computer and browser.)

  • A sample application form is available as a PDF for reference purposes.

  • Graduate and undergraduate students must ask a faculty advisor to write a letter of recommendation. We will not consider an application complete until we receive the recommendation. Advisors may be submit their letter as an e-mail attachment to Kelly Wooten.