The Rockefeller Archive Center
“If we assist the highest forms of education – in whatever field – we secure the widest influence in enlarging the boundaries of human knowledge.”
—John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

Research Stipend Program

The Rockefeller Archive Center's competitive research stipend program provides awards of up to $5000 for reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses in conjunction with research conducted at the RAC. The research stipends are designed to foster, promote, and support research by serious scholars in the collections located at the Rockefeller Archive Center. Requirements are a completed application form, a current cv, and two letters of recommendation.

We require potential stipend applicants to contact the Archive Center's staff by email no later than October 15th with a description of the research project, including names of individuals and institutions that are central to the story, and years covered by the study. This will help our staff respond with a description of any relevant material in the collections located here, which in turn helps applicants complete the application form and estimate the duration of their proposed research trip.

The deadline for applications is November 1st each year (applications must be received before midnight Eastern Standard Time on November 1). Two Letters of Recommendation are due November 22nd. Letters 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

An independent committee reviews each application based on the applicant's research topic and the availability of relevant material in the RAC's collections. Awards are announced at the end of the following February. Stipend recipients must commence their research at the Center after April 1 of their award year, and they must complete their research by March 31 of the following year. Stipend recipients are requested to submit a short report on their research at the Center. Edited versions of, or excerpts from these reports, may be used in the Center's publications and on its website. Recipients also are asked to provide the Center with a copy of any publication resulting from research conducted as a result of the grant.

Application requirements and important dates and deadlines:

  • Contact the Archive Center's staff by email with a description of the research project by October 15
  • Submit application form by November 1
  • Two letters of recommendation due by November 22
  • Please note that three (3) cycles must elapse before a former stipend recipient is eligible to receive another research stipend.
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