Princeton University Library Research Grants in USA 2020

Princeton University Library is currently offering short-term Library Research Grants to qualified applicants in the 2020-2021 academic year to promote scholarly use of the research collections.

The Program in Hellenic Studies with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Fund also supports a limited number of library fellowships in Hellenic studies, and the Cotsen Children’s Library supports research in its collection on aspects of children’s books.

The Maxwell Fund supports research on materials dealing with Portuguese-speaking cultures. In addition, awards will be made from the Sid Lapidus ’59 Research Fund for Studies of the Age of Revolution and the Enlightenment in the Atlantic World. This award covers work using materials pertinent to this topic donated by Mr. Lapidus as well as other also relevant materials in the collections.

The length of the grant will depend on the applicant’s research proposal, but is ordinarily up to one month.

Worth of Award

These Library Research Grants, which have a value of up to $4,000 plus transporations costs, are meant to help defray expenses incurred in traveling to and residing in Princeton during the tenure of the grant.


  • The proposal should address specifically the relevance to the proposed research of unique resources found in the Princeton University Library collections.
  • Applications will be considered for scholarly use of archives, manuscripts, rare books, and other rare and unique holdings of the Department of Rare Books and 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 home page at for detailed descriptions of the collections, especially those in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.
  • Applicants should have specific Princeton resources in mind as they prepare their proposals. The general circulating collections and electronic resources of the Princeton University Library are not relevant for purposes of this grant program.
  • Projects involving collections that have been well-used and from which much has already been published are far less likely to be funded. Scholars of all stripes are considered. The proposal should address specifically the relevance to the proposed research of unique resources found in the Princeton University Library collections.
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How to Apply

When you click on the link below, you will be prompted to create a login. There will be 4 tasks to complete before submission:

  • fill out the application,
  • upload a project narrative (1000 words max),
  • upload your CV or resume,
  • send invitations for two letters of recommendation.
  • All of these tasks must be complete before you can submit your application. You will be able to save as you go and return to the application if needed. Once an application is submitted no changes can be made.
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Deadline: Applications are due by noon on December 13, 2019. 


Click here for more details and to apply