Libraries Summer Research Grants for LIFE Students


Duke University Libraries Summer Research Grants are awarded to first-generation and/or low-income undergraduate students to support original library research.  The goal of the Summer Research Grants is to strengthen opportunities for 1G and low-income students by providing financial support for original research projects.  Qualified projects can be at any stage of completion and research may be conducted utilizing resources within Duke University Libraries or at another institution. The Summer Grant is meant to encourage deeper engagement with library resources including special collections and archives and offer students in need the opportunity to further explore their research interests.  Students will have a faculty or staff member as a mentor and will be paired with a librarian mentor to help navigate their research experience. Ultimately, students will gain confidence in research skills that will support them throughout their academic and professional careers.

Awards are granted up to $4500 to cover expenses such as campus housing,  transportation, lodging, and meals while conducting research. Because research expenses can vary depending on the field of research and the duration of the project, students are able to combine grant funding with other awards.


  • Extensively use library collections for a senior thesis
  • Continue research on a Story+ or Data+ project using special collections or other library collections
  • Use the foreign language collections at Perkins Library
  • Travel to another university, library or archive to use collections
  • Undertake any inderdisciplinary research project involving extensive use of library collections