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Roosevelt Institute Research Grants

The Roosevelt Institute – the Roosevelt Library’s non-profit partner – supports a program of small grants-in-aid, not to exceed $2,500, in support of research on the “Roosevelt years” or clearly related subjects.

Grants are awarded at the beginning of each year. The deadline for grant submissions is November 15th. Funds are awarded for the sole purpose of helping to defray living, travel, and related expenses incurred while conducting research at the Roosevelt Library. The grants program is particularly designed to encourage younger scholars to expand our knowledge and understanding of the Roosevelt period.  Any questions regarding the grants-in-aid program can be sent to

Criteria for Grants-in-Aid 

Applicants are required to submit to the grants administrator an original grant application and one copy detailing the nature and scope of their research project, the names and institutions of three references, and a budget outlining the amount needed for travel, lodging, and any other research expenses. Each application is evaluated by the Library’s archival staff to ascertain that there is material at the Library appropriate for the research topic, approximately how long such research might be expected to take, and per diem. 

The Roosevelt Institute Grants Committee reviews the application, letters of reference, and the Library information sheets to determine the merits of each research topic and its potential contribution to scholarship. After appropriate discussion, a vote of the committee is taken; a) to fund or not, and b) whether to fund at the level requested by the applicant or the amount estimated by the Library’s archival staff. 

Letters are sent to all applicants informing them of the panel’s decision. Grantees are informed that use of their grants is to occur within a year of their letter. Grantees will receive their award when they arrive for research at the Library.