Grants & Fellowships

Administered by the Center for the History of Business, Technology and Society, Hagley invites serious researchers to apply for one of our grants to defray the costs of an extended stay intended to use our collections.

All grants require applicants to explain how their project will contribute new information to previous scholarship and how Hagley’s research materials are pertinent to their project.

Exploratory grants are limited to one week and Henry Belin du Pont research grants may be up to 8 weeks. Researchers who first apply for an exploratory grant may ask for a longer research grant if our collections warrant more attention. Anyone can apply for one of these research grants, but only advanced graduate students are eligible for our Henry Belin du Pont dissertation grant and the Jefferson Scholars/Hagley Library fellowship.  Scholars with a Ph.D. may also apply for a four- or eight-month NEH-Hagley Postdoctoral Fellowship.

While at Hagley, grant recipients have many options to participate in our scholarly community as well as pursue their research agenda. These opportunities include participating in Stories from the Stacks, the Hagley Center’s researcher interview program; delivering informal afternoon talks in the library on their research; and writing a blog entry in Hagley’s Collections and Research News. Recipients also may stay in our onsite scholar’s housing, where they will likely meet other researchers.

Grant applicants should contact library staff in advance of submitting their application to help them determine if our collections support their projects. Stories from the Stacks interviews and blog entries by visiting scholars also offer insights into how our collections may be used and are worth reviewing as well.

Application Information For Grants:

Applications for Exploratory and Henry Belin du Pont Research Grants are considered tri-annually. They are due March 31, June 30, and October 31, with a decision within 45 days of the deadline.

Proposals are accepted annually by November 15 for Hagley’s Henry Belin du Pont Dissertation Fellowships intended for graduate students who have completed all course work for the doctoral degree.

All grants require use of Hagley’s collections for advanced research - click here to search our collections.

If you have questions, please contact the Center at (302) 658-2400 ext 244 or at