The Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library provides travel grants of up to $1500 for researchers whose work would benefit from in-person access to the following collections and collecting areas:

  • Archive of Documentary Arts
  • Doris Duke Foundation Travel Grants
  • Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick Travel Grants (Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture)
  • Harry H. Harkins T’73 Travel Grants for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History
  • History of Medicine
  • Human Rights Archive
  • John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture
  • John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History
  • Mary Lily Research Grants (Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture)


  • Rubenstein Library travel grants are meant to support travel to the library to view materials in-person.
  • Anyone who wishes to use materials from the designated collections for research may apply, including, but not limited to students at any level of education; faculty members; visual and performing artists; writers; filmmakers; public historians; and independent researchers.
  • All applicants must be over the age of 18; reside beyond a 100-mile radius of Durham, N.C.; and may not be current Duke students or employees.

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