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Archives and Library Research Awards Program

CUNY Dominican Studies Institute

Archives and Library Research Awards Program

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The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute (CUNY DSI) is pleased to announce the 2018 CUNY DSI Archives and Library Research Awards for doctoral students, faculty and independent scholars. Applications are due by Monday, April 30, 2018.

The CUNY DSI Archives and Library Research Awards are available to conduct research using the unique resources of our archives and library collections. CUNY DSI will award fifteen (15) research grants of $3,000 each to help grantees defray costs while conducting research in the Dominican Archives and Library.

Awardees are expected to visit the CUNY DSI Archives and Library for at least two consecutive weeks, and following their stay, submit a brief (2 pp.) report on their overall experience in the Dominican Archives and Library and on how our collections specifically enriched their research project.

Researchers may use the Archives and Library any time from June through December 14th, 2018.

Any publications and academic presentations resulting from research undertaken through the grant should clearly acknowledge CUNY DSI’s overall support.

The CUNY DSI Review Committee will award the grants based on (a) the relevance of the proposal to the unique holdings of the CUNY DSI Archives and Library, (b) the novelty and scholarly significance of the project, and (c) the applicant's qualifications to pursue the research proposed. Applicants can hail from any part of the world, provided they have proper documentation to reside in the U.S. for a month, hold permanent residency status in the U.S., or are U.S. citizens.

Faculty members must be affiliated with an accredited post-secondary institution. Preference will be given to Ph.D. students who are thinking of writing their dissertation in Dominican Studies and want to explore original research and/or original approaches. The Review Committee expects the independent scholars to have a record of publications and engagement in their specialized field.    

The CUNY Dominican Studies Archives and Library hold one of the finest and largest collections in Dominican Studies in the United States. To find out more information on our holdings please visit:

Application Deadline

Monday, April 30, 2018. Applicants will be notified of the decision by email by Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

Who is Eligible?

(1)    Faculty from colleges and universities, irrespective of rank;
(2)    Established independent scholars;
(3)    Graduate Ph.D. students.
International applicants are also eligible; provided they are authorized to travel to the U.S.

Application Process

- Complete online application
- Supplemental documents (uploaded within the online application):

  • Statement of Research Interest (500-700 words) including title of research
  • Current CV

Winners of past CUNY DSI Archives and Library Research Awards may re-apply after three full years since winning this award.

Please email Prof. Sarah Aponte, Chief Librarian at with questions pertaining to the application. The subject of the email must read: “CUNY DSI Archives and Library Research Awards.”

Grants are made available through funds received from the New York City Council.

Application submission has closed.