Marshall Meyer as a student with A.J. Heschel“A person must be informed, not disinformed.  And if you have the feeling that you are being disinformed then it is your job to study the issues involved.”

Marshall Meyer, WFAS Interview 1986, Marshall T. Meyer Papers, The Human Rights Archive, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Marshall Meyer spoke passionately and eloquently on the connections among human rights, history, and education.  He argued that only through education can we come to understand the complexity of the challenges to human rights and human dignity.  He insisted that part of our responsibility in a democracy is a commitment to remember the past, no matter how onerous it may be, in order to pursue an enlightened future.  “But we must talk about it; if we don’t, we’re guilty.  You see one mustn’t forget these things,” said Meyer, referring to the atrocities and human rights violations committed by the military junta that ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983.  The Duke Human Rights Archive, repository of the Marshall T. Meyer papers, honors and expands upon his call for a human rights activism founded on education and historical awareness through the Marshall T. Meyer Human Rights Intern and Marshall T. Meyer Research Travel Grant programs.

Human Rights Intern

The Duke Human Rights Archive sponsors the Marshall T. Meyer Graduate Internship.  Working during the academic year under the supervision of Rubenstein Library staff, the Meyer Intern is responsible for processing and organizing current and future human rights collections, thus making these materials accessible to scholars.


Human Rights Travel Grants

Our unique collections are of world-wide importance, reaching from Latin America to Asia.  The Duke Human Rights Archive aims to promote and foster scholarship in the history of human rights by offering short-term Marshall T. Meyer Research Travel Grants.  The grants cover expenses up to $2,000 for researchers traveling internationally, and $1,500 for researchers traveling within the USA.

Who is eligible?

  • Anyone including faculty, graduate or undergraduate students and independent scholars, who wishes to use materials from the Human Rights Archive 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., and may not be current Duke students or employees.

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. 

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 Human Rights Archive collections. We encourage each prospective grant applicant to discuss his or her research project and the collections that might support it with Human Rights Archive staff 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 only. This version of the form is available so you can use it to save and edit your application before copying and pasting responses into

      the online form.

    • 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 Sierra Moore.