Library Research Awards 2013


The Columbia University Libraries (CUL) invites applications from scholars and researchers to a new program designed to facilitate access to Columbia’s special and unique collections.  CUL will award ten (10) grants of $2500 each on a competitive basis to researchers who can demonstrate a compelling need to consult CUL holdings for their work.  Participating Columbia libraries and collections include those located on the Morningside Heights campus: the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Butler Library, the Lehman Social Sciences Library, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, and the Libraries' Global Studies Collections.

Applications will be accepted until February 15, 2013.  Award notifications will be sent to applicants by April 19, 2013 for research conducted at Columbia during the period July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014.

To submit an application, assemble the following materials and select "APPLY" from the top menu on this site:

  1. A two-page (maximum) statement of the nature of the research project and its direct relationship to specific materials in Columbia’s libraries.  It will be important to understand how holdings unique to Columbia will play a special role in accomplishing the research project.
  2. A brief CV (two pages maximum)
  3. Two letters of support from persons familiar with the applicant’s work.  These must be included with the completed application form and NOT sent separately.  Letters received separately will not be acknowledged.

Submissions that do not include letters of support will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.




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