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
In order to be eligible for a stipend, potential applicants must contact an RAC archivist 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.
Important dates and deadlines:
- Applicants should contact RAC archival staff at firstname.lastname@example.org with a description of the research project by October 14.
- Application forms should be submitted by midnight Eastern Standard Time on November 1.
- Two letters of recommendation are due by November 22 to RACstipend@rockarch.org.
- Awards are announced in March.
Check in early 2023 for information about the next application cycle.
After Receiving an RAC Research Stipend
Stipend recipients have from April 1 of the award year through June 30 of the following year to complete their research.
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.
Related Stipend Programs
The Commonwealth Fund’s Paul Engel Memorial Award Program
This award honors the memory of Paul Engel, director and curator of the Fund’s Harkness House from 2003 until his death in 2022. It provides individuals with up to $5,000 to reimburse travel and accommodation expenses for short-term research in the RAC’s Commonwealth Fund collections.
Paul maintained Harkness House, the Fund’s headquarters, as a welcoming space for staff and visitors. Holding bachelor’s degrees in fine arts and architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and a master’s degree in architecture from Harvard University, Paul’s passions for interior design, architecture, historic preservation, and history were evident in his care for the building and his detailed knowledge of Harkness family history. This award aims to encourage the pursuit of knowledge about the foundation to which Paul devoted a large portion of his career.
Researchers at any level, from any country, working in any field for which the Fund’s collections are relevant are eligible to apply. Potential applicants should first contact the RAC at email@example.com with a description of their proposed research and indicate that their inquiry is for the purposes of applying for this award. RAC staff will help to identify and describe relevant archival materials and assist the applicant in estimating the time necessary to complete their research.
Applicants may then submit a formal request for consideration at RACstipend@rockarch.org. This should include a description of the project, the materials to be studied, expected outcomes or products of the research, and two letters of recommendation. Submissions are welcome at any time. Award decisions will be made within one month of the receipt of all application materials. Recipients must commence their research at the RAC within one year of being notified of the award.
The Fund has established the Paul Engel Memorial Award Program with an initial grant of $25,000. The RAC will accept additional donations in support of the program. If you would like to make a gift in honor of Paul, please contact RACstipend@rockarch.org for more information.
Special Stipend to Support Research in the Paul Ehrlich Collection
The RAC has available funds to provide individuals (not institutions) up to $4,000 for reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses to support short-term research in the Paul Ehrlich Collection, an important archive documenting the life and scientific research of Nobel Laureate Paul Ehrlich (1854-1915).
Anyone can apply for an Ehrlich stipend, regardless of country of origin. Please be aware that certain U.S Government requirements may apply to non-U.S. citizens.
Potential applicants for an Ehrlich stipend should contact the RAC at firstname.lastname@example.org with an initial description of the proposed research and indicating that the inquiry is for the purposes of applying for an Ehrlich stipend. RAC staff will respond with a description of relevant archival materials and an estimate of time necessary to complete the research.
Applicants should submit a formal request to be considered for an Ehrlich stipend by writing to RACstipend@rockarch.org. An application may be made at any time and should include two letters of recommendation. Awards will be made within one month of the RAC receiving both letters of recommendation.
Stipend recipients must commence their research at the RAC within one year of being notified of the award.
Stipend Through the Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
The Rockefeller Archive Center is part of the Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, which has a fellowship program offering support for research across the scholarly collections of the consortium. Please see the Consortium’s website for more details.