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Hagley Grants and Fellowships, United States

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About Hagley Museum and Library

Located on 235 acres along the banks of the Brandywine in Wilmington, Delaware, Hagley is the site of the gunpowder works founded by E. I. du Pont in 1802. This example of early American industry includes restored mills, a workers' community, and the ancestral home and gardens of the du Pont family.

Hagley's library furthers the study of business and technology in America. The collections include individuals' papers and companies' records ranging from eighteenth-century merchants to modern telecommunications and illustrate the impact of the business system on society. Hagley Library is a proud member of the prestigious Independent Research Libraries Association (IRLA). Click here for more information about the Library.

The Library’s Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society organizes and administers the Hagley Museum and Library's interaction with the world of scholarship. It brings attention to Hagley's research collections and generates intellectual dialogue at Hagley.

Grants and Fellowships

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. Often researchers first apply for an exploratory grant and then 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 Miller Center/Hagley Library 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.

Grants and fellowships are administered by the Hagley Center for the History of Business, Technology and Society.

Exploratory Research Grants support one-week visits by scholars who believe that their project will benefit from Hagley research materials. Read more....

Henry Belin du Pont Research Grants enable scholars to pursue advanced research in Hagley’s collections for periods of up to 8 weeks. Read more...

Henry Belin du Pont Dissertation Fellowships for graduate students who have completed all course work for the doctoral degree and supports a term of four months. Read more...

Miller Center/Hagley Library Dissertation Fellowship in Business and Politics is for graduate students who have completed all course work for the doctoral degree and supports a term of one year. Read more...

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

Proposals are accepted annually by Nov. 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 submit your questions online via to askhagley@hagley.org

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