ivory anatomical manikinThe History of Medicine Collections offers research grants of up to $1,500 to researchers whose work would benefit from access to the historical medical collections at the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. 

The following groups also participate in the Rubenstein Library's travel grant program:

  • Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture
  • John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture
  • John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising, and Marketing History
  • Human Rights Archive

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

Who is eligible?

  • Faculty, graduate or undergraduate students and independent scholars with a research project requiring the use of materials held by the History of Medicine Collections.
  • Writers, creative and performing artists, film makers and journalists are welcome to apply.
  • All applicants must reside outside of a 100-mile radius of Durham, NC, and may not be current Duke students or employees.

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

We will reimburse you for the above expenses once you have completed your research visit(s) and have submitted original receipts.

How do I apply?

Research topics should be strongly supported by the History of Medicine Collections.  We encourage applicants to contact the Curator of the History of Medicine Collections to discuss research projects and Rubenstein Library collections that might support it 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.