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Library Research Grants

The application process and system is now open. Grant applications are due by January 14, 2022.

Each year, the Friends of the Princeton University Library offer short-term Library Research Grants to promote scholarly use of the research collections. Additionally, there are also the following library research grant opportunities:

  • The Program in Hellenic Studies, with assistance from the Stanley J. Seeger Fund also supports a limited number of Library grants in Hellenic studies.
  • The Elmer Adler Fund supports Research Grants in Graphic Arts, and the Cotsen Children’s Library supports grants in its collection on aspects of children’s books.
  • The Maxwell Fund supports research on materials regarding Portuguese-speaking cultures. 
  • The Sid Lapidus '59 Research Fund for Studies of the Age of Revolution and the Enlightenment in the Atlantic World and covers work using materials pertinent to this topic donated by Mr. Lapidus as well as other also relevant materials in the collections. 

These Library Research Grants, which have a value of up to $4,000 plus transportation costs, are meant to help defray expenses incurred in traveling to and residing in Princeton during the tenure of the grant. The length of the grant will depend on the applicant’s research proposal, but is ordinarily between two and four weeks. Library Research Grants can be used from May of the year they are awarded to the following April.

Applicants are asked to read the FAQ before beginning the application process.

Application process

  • Set up an account in the application system
  • Complete application form
  • Upload a curriculum vitae or resume (Word or PDF) 
  • Upload your research proposal (no more than 1,000 words); your proposal should include the relevance to the proposed research of the unique resources found in the Princeton University Library collections 
  • Two letters of recommendation; invitations are sent directly from the system to the recommenders
  • Submit your application once all of the items above are received.

Applications will be considered for scholarly use of archives, manuscripts, rare books, and other rare and unique holdings of the Department of Special Collections, including Mudd Library; as well as rare books in Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology, and in the East Asian Library (Gest Collection). 

Prospective grantees are urged to consult the Library’s website for detailed descriptions of the collections, especially those in the Department of Special Collections. Applicants should have specific Princeton resources in mind as they prepare their proposals. Applications solely focused on the general circulating collections and electronic resources of the Princeton University Library will not be considered for this grant program. 

A committee consisting of members of the faculty, the Library staff, and members of the Friends of the Princeton University Library will award the grants on the basis of the relevance of the proposal to unique holdings of the library, the merits and significance of the project, and the applicant’s scholarly qualifications. 

The application process for the 2022-2023 academic year opened October 11, 2021. The deadline is January 14, 2022. Awardees will be notified in April 2022. Research can occur from May 16, 2022 through June 30, 2023.  

If you have a current application, you can access the Grant Application System.

Click the links below to see past grant recipients: