Thursday, September 25, 2008

Short Term Research Grants at Princeton

Short-term Research Grants at Princeton Libraries

Each year, the Friends of the Princeton University Library offer
short-term Library Research Grants to promote scholarly use of the
research collections. The Program in Hellenic Studies also supports a
limited number of Library Research Grants 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.

These Library Research Grants, which have a value of up to $2,500 each,
are meant to help defray expenses incurred in traveling to and residing
in Princeton during the tenure of the grant. The length of the grant
will depend on the applicant’s research proposal, but is ordinarily one
month. Library Research Grants awarded in this academic year are tenable
from May 2009 to April 2010, and the deadline for applications is 15
January 2009.

Applicants are asked to submit a completed application form
(, budget form
(, a
résumé, and a research proposal not exceeding three pages in length.
Applicants must also arrange for two confidential letters of
recommendation to be sent directly to the Library Research Grants
Committee at the address given below.

The proposal should address specifically the relevance to the proposed
research of unique resources found in the Princeton University Library
collections. Prospective grantees are urged to consult the Library’s
home page at for detailed descriptions of
the collections, especially those in the Rare Books and Special
Collections Department, and for the names of curators and reference
staff. Applicants should have specific Princeton resources in mind—not
simply a desire to make use of a major research library—as they prepare
their proposals.

A committee consisting of members of the faculty, the library staff, and
the Friends will award the grants on the basis of the relevance of the
proposal to unique holdings of the library, the merits and significance
of the project, and the applicant’s scholarly qualifications. Awards
will be made before 1 April 2009.

Application materials and letters of recommendation are to be mailed to
Library Research Grant Committee, Princeton University Library, One
Washington Road, Princeton, NJ 08544. Materials mailed to the committee
must be postmarked no later than 15 January 2009. Facsimile
transmissions may be sent to (609) 258-2324. Electronic communications
to the committee may be sent to Materials
submitted by e-mail or facsimile must be received no later than 15
January 2009. E-mail is the preferred method of submission.

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