Sheridan Libraries Dean’s Undergraduate Research Awards (DURA)
Next deadline: April 4, 2022 by 11:59 p.m
The Dean’s Undergraduate Research Awards, or DURAs, are available for students working on independent research projects that draw on primary source materials in the rare book, manuscript, and archival collections of the Sheridan Libraries. These collections span 5,000 years of rare and unique objects and texts, from ancient cuneiform tablets and Egyptian papyri to 20th-century African American photography and U.S. suffrage movement records.
Interested undergraduates should submit a research proposal and one letter of recommendation by April 4, 2022, as described in detail below. Each award, in the amount of $2500, supports research conducted in-person from May 2022-April 2023. (DURA fellowships involving pre-1800 rare book and manuscripts materials will be restricted to May-August 2022.)
Research outcomes may take the form of an academic essay, online exhibition, film, or other creative project. Awardees will present their research at a public event in April 2023.
DURAs are supported by the Tabb Center, the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute, and Inheritance Baltimore. They may also be supported by the Singleton Center for the Study of Premodern Europe.
- The fellowships are restricted to JHU freshman, sophomore, and juniors. Seniors are eligible to apply if their proposed fellowship will be completed prior to their graduation.
- Applicants must identify a faculty mentor or a curator/librarian, who can help applicants identify materials for research, formulate project proposals, and conduct research.
- Eligible research repositories include University Archives, Special Collections, the Institute for the History of Medicine in East Baltimore, The George Peabody Library, and the John Work Garrett Library at Evergreen Museum & Library.
- Awardees must complete their projects no later than April 18, 2023, and present their research at a public event in April 2023.
Applicants are strongly urged to contact DURA coordinator Dr. Joseph Plaster in advance to discuss proposals and collaboratively develop applications.
Applicants should submit via email to Dr. Plaster, at email@example.com, by April 4, 2022:
- A two- to three-page, single-spaced proposal that addresses each of the following:
- the specific topic to be explored and question(s) you want to investigate
- specific rare book, manuscript, oral history and/or archival materials in the Sheridan Libraries’ collections that you propose to examine
- qualifications for conducting the research (e.g., your undergraduate status, general academic interests, related classes, personal or work experience, related research)
- your timeline for completion of the project scheduled, including how often you and your mentors will meet about the project
- expected outcome(s) of the project (e.g. developing an honors thesis topic, research paper, exhibition, digital application, etc
- One letter of recommendation from a faculty mentor or librarian mentor. Your mentor should send a recommendation letter indicating their support and commitment to mentoring your project by e-mail, to Dr. Plaster, at firstname.lastname@example.org, by April 2.
Applicants will by notified of our decisions by April 13, 2022. Awardees will receive half the funds at the beginning of their research and half at competition.
Recent DURA Research Projects