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:

  • Applicants should contact RAC staff at archive@rockarch.org with a description of the research project by October 15.
  • Application forms should be submitted by midnight Eastern Standard Time on November 1.
  • Two letters of recommendation are due by November 22.
  • Awards are announced by February 28.
  • Please note that researchers who have previously received an RAC research stipend must wait three years in order to be eligible to receive another stipend. For example, an application submitted in November 2010 that resulted in an award in February 2011 means that the recipient was eligible to apply again in November 2013 to receive an award in February 2014.

In order to be eligible for a stipend, potential applicants must contact the RAC by October 15 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.

Applications will open in January 2020.

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.

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 archive@rockarch.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 RACgrants@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. Please note that special fellowships are available through the Consortium for researchers from Brazil, India and South Africa.