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  • March 20, 2024


  • Expenses relating to mentored summer research projects on or off campus


  • First generation or low-income undergraduates

Time Frame:

  • Summer


  • Up to $4500



Duke University Libraries Summer Research Fellowship for LIFE Students


The Duke University Libraries Summer Fellowship is awarded to first-generation and/or low-income undergraduate students to support library research. The goal of the Summer Research Fellowship 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. The Summer Fellowship 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.


  • Continue research on a Story+ or Data+ project using special collections
  • Build upon a recent paper or research project you completed in a previous course
  • Extensively use library collections (such as University Archives or government documents) for a senior thesis
  • Use the foreign language collections at Perkins Library
  • Undertake any interdisciplinary research project involving extensive use of library collections

To learn about the projects undertaken by past Summer Fellowship recipients, see their reflection blog posts on the library website:

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