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Research Stipend

The Rockefeller Archive Center
United States, Sleepy Hollow, New York
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About the RAC Stipend Program

The Rockefeller Archive Center offers a competitive research stipend program that provides individuals (not institutions) up to $5,000 for reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses. The stipend can only be used to facilitate research at the RAC, not for research at other archival repositories or for tuition support.

Applications are reviewed by an independent committee that considers an applicant’s topic and the availability of relevant archival materials at the RAC. Anyone can apply for a research stipend, regardless of country of origin. Please be aware that certain U.S. Government requirements may apply to non-U.S. citizens.

How to Apply for an RAC Research Stipend

Important dates and deadlines:

In order to be eligible for a stipend, potential applicants must contact the RAC by October 14 with a description of the proposed project that includes a brief narrative, the names of any individuals, institutions, and subjects, and relevant date ranges central to the research topic. RAC staff then will respond identifying potentially useful archival materials and an estimate of the time necessary to conduct the proposed research. This information will assist an applicant in completing the application form.

Application forms should be submitted by midnight Eastern Standard Time on November 1.

Two letters of recommendation are due by November 22. Letters of Recommendation should be one page in length, on official letterhead, and include a confidential assessment of the applicant’s qualifications and goals, comments on the importance of the proposed research, and any other pertinent information. References should be instructed to send their letters directly to the Program Administrator at RACstipend@rockarch.org.

Awards are announced by February 28, 2023.

After Receiving an RAC Research Stipend

Stipend recipients have one year to complete the proposed research, from April 1 of the award year through March 31 of the following year.

At the conclusion of the award year, stipend recipients must submit a short report on their research at the RAC. By accepting the stipend, recipients give permission for the RAC to make edited versions or excerpts of these research reports available online through its website or other resource.

Recipients should also provide the RAC with a copy of any publication resulting from the research supported by the stipend.

In order to be reimbursed for travel and accommodation expenses, stipend recipients must provide receipts following completion of the research visit.

Apply now! Research period 2023
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Research period 2023
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States