What are the Harry H. Harkins, Jr. T'73 Travel Grants?

The Rubenstein Library provides research travel grants of up to $1,500 for researchers whose work would benefit from access to our gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender history collections. The grants are named in honor of Harry H. Harkins, Jr. T'73 for his generous support of this program and ongoing support of LGBT history and sexuality studies collections for Duke University Libraries.

For more information, please see the main travel grant page.

Who is eligible?

  • Anyone who wishes to use materials from the Rubenstein Library's collections for research related to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender history may apply, regardless of academic status.
  • Writers, creative and performing artists, film makers and journalists are welcome to apply.
  • All applicants must reside beyond a 100-mile radius of Durham, N.C., and may not be current Duke students or employees.

What expenses does the grant cover?   

  • transportation expenses (including air, train or bus ticket charges; car rental; mileage using a personal vehicle; and parking fees)
  • accommodations
  • meals

Travel grants are paid as reimbursement upon completion of research travel after original receipts are submitted. Checks usually take a few weeks to be processed and mailed.

What research projects and topics are appropriate?

Harkins 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. Research projects must use materials from the Rubenstein Library and must focus on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender history. Please inquire if you are unsure whether your research project or the collections you wish to use are appropriate for this grant. Find more detailed information about our LGBT history collections in our research guide. Inclusion of a collection on one of our research guides does not guarantee eligibility, and the guide is not comprehensive. All of our materials are included in the Duke University Libraries online catalog.

How do I apply?

Research topics should be strongly supported by the Rubenstein Library's LGBT history collections. We encourage applicants to discuss their research project and the Rubenstein Library collections that might support it with a reference archivist before submitting an application. Submit an inquiry via our online form.

  • Complete the online application form, which includes uploading a CV. (You may start the form and return to it later, but you must complete it within a week from the same computer and browser.)
  • A sample application form is available as a Word document and PDF for reference purposes.
  • A letter of recommendation is required for graduate and undergraduate students (from a faculty advisor) and for independent scholars or artists (from an appropriate reference). We will not consider an application complete until we receive the recommendation. Recommendations may be submitted as an e-mail attachment to Sierra Moore.