Does the Rubenstein Library provide funding for research trips?

The Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library provides travel grants of up to $1,500 for researchers whose work would benefit from access to the collections held at Duke. Currently, travel grants are available for the following research centers and collections:

Matlock Archives Short-term Fellows in Residence Grant: The Duke Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies (CSEEES), with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, will be offering research grants of up to $3,000 to researchers whose work would benefit from access to the Jack and Rebecca Matlock Papers at the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.  Priority deadline is April 15, 2019 with rolling acceptance thereafter. Research must be completed by August 15, 2019. Fellowships will be between 2 days to 2 weeks in duration. This program is separate from the Center-based grants listed above. Please see link to fellows program for full details.

Who is eligible?

  • Anyone who wishes to use materials from the designated collections for historical research may apply, regardless of academic status.
  • Visual and performing artists, writers, and filmmakers are encouraged 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. The research topic and collections identified for research must be appropriate to the individual Centers offering travel grants (see Center travel grant details for additional criteria). 

What expenses does the grant cover?

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

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 the 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 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 special-collections@duke.edu.