Hartman Center Travel Grants & Fellowships

Travel Grant & Fellowship Program

The Hartman Center provides yearly Travel to Collection Grants for faculty, students and independent scholars interested in the holdings found at the center.  The program supports research of  sales, advertising and marketing history. 

There are three types of grants available:

Alvin A. Achenbaum Travel Grants

  • The Achenbaum Travel Grants provide up to $750 to support those individuals whose research focus includes the use of any Hartman Center collections and whose research trips may last any length of time.

FOARE Fellowships for Outdoor Advertising Research

  • The FOARE Fellowships provide $1,000 in funding for up to three researchers per year.
  • Recipients must plan research trips lasting a minimum of 10 days, primarily focusing on the use of collections found in the Outdoor Advertising Archives.
  • The Outdoor Advertising Archives document many diverse topics, including:
    • billboard architecture
    • the creative, technological, financial and legislative aspects of the outdoor advertising industry
    • highway beautification efforts
    • market research
    • public service campaigns
    • retail selling

These collections include materials from outdoor companies, trade organizations, the personal collections of various executives and creative people who worked in the industry and related books and periodicals.  Get more information on the Outdoor Advertising Archives collections.

John Furr Fellowships for JWT Research

  • The Furr Fellowships provide $1,000 in funding for up to three individuals per year.
  • Recipients must plan research trips lasting a minimum of two weeks, primarily using collections found in the J. Walter Thompson Archives

The J. Walter Thompson (JWT) Archives hold more than 5,000 linear feet dating as far back as the 19th century and as recent as the 21st century. The collections document the pioneering role of JWT in the advertising industry and illustrates the changes in the broader industry throughout the past 100 years and its own growth and diversification.

What expenses do the grants cover?

Grant money may be used for:

  • travel to the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
  • the costs of copying pertinent archival resources
  • living expenses while pursuing research

How do I apply?

  • We strongly encourage applicants to speak with the Reference Archivist at the Hartman Center before applying for a grant. Past applications have demonstrated that those who spoke with the archivist about their projects produced stronger applications. We are happy to help identify potential collections and books of which you may not otherwise be aware.
  • Complete the online application form, which includes uploading a CV. (You may start the form and return to it later, but it must be completed within a week from the same computer and browser.)
  • sample application form is available as a PDF for reference purposes.
  • Estimate your travel expenses on the form. Travel must originate from at least 100 miles away from Duke University.
  • Include a 250-500 word essay summarizing your project and detailing why the Hartman Center collections are essential to your research.
  • Include a list of specific collections or resources that you plan to consult.
  • Graduate students must ask a faculty advisor to write them a letter of recommendation. We will not consider an application complete until we receive the recommendation.
  • Advisors may submit a letter of recommendation as an e-mail attachment to special-collections@duke.edu or send a hardcopy by postal mail to:

Research Grant Program
Attn: Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Box 90185
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708-0185
USA