Franklin Research Center Travel Grants

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