Thanks to generous funding from GlaxoSmithKline, the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture offers annual travel grants of up to $1,000.

Who is eligible?

  • Faculty, graduate or undergraduate students and independent scholars with a research project requiring the use of materials held by the John Hope Franklin Research Center.

  • All applicants must reside outside of a 100-mile radius of Durham, NC.

What expenses does the grant cover?

Grant money may be used for the following:

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

How do I apply?

We strongly encourage you to contact the Franklin Research Center before submitting an application.  We are happy to help identify potential collections and books that may be helpful.

  •  Complete the online application form, 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 submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor. We will not consider your application packet complete until we receive this letter. If you are a faculty member writing a letter of recommendation for a student, submit your letter as an e-mail attachment and send it to franklin-collection@duke.edu or mail a hardcopy letter to:

    Research Grant Program
    Attn: John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture
    David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
    Box 90185
    Duke University
    Durham, NC 27708-0185  USA