Rubenstein Library Grants & Fellowships

Does the Rubenstein Library provide funding for research trips?

Duke University’s Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library and its research centers provide travel grants of up to $1,000 for researchers whose work would benefit from access to the collections held at Duke. Currently, travel grants are available for the following research centers:

The Rubenstein Library offers two fellowships of $1,500 for scholars interested in using our German Studies and Jewish Studies collections. Information about these fellowships is provided on each fellowship program's website. Please note that each of these fellowships has a different application process than our other grants.

Artists are invited to apply for the Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Visiting Artist Program. Offered biennially, this program provides an artist with a $4,000 stipend to support a four-week residency at the Rubenstein Library focused on exploring and engaging with archival, manuscript and other special collections as part of creating a new body of work.

Who is eligible?

  • Anyone who wishes to use materials from the designated collections for historical research may apply, regardless of academic status.
  • Writers, creative and performing artists, film makers and journalists are welcome to apply for the research travel grants.
  • All applicants must reside beyond a 100-mile radius of Durham, N.C.

What projects are supported?

Research Travel Grants support projects that present creative approaches, including  historical research and documentation projects resulting in dissertations, publications, exhibitions, educational initiatives, documentary films, or other multimedia products and artistic works. The research topic must be appropriate to the invidual Centers offering travel grants. 

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

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

How do I apply?

Research topics should be strongly supported by the collections of the research center. We encourage each prospective grant applicant to discuss his or her research project and the collections that might support it with each center's reference archivist before submitting an application.

  • 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.)
  • A sample application form is available as a Word document and PDF for reference purposes.
  • 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 the designated email address for each Center. (See individual grant information pages.)