The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America invites Harvard undergraduates to do research in the library's collections by applying for competitive awards up to $2,500. The research may be carried out in conjunction with a project for academic credit, although this is not required.

Applications will be evaluated on the significance of the research and the project's potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge as well as its creativity in drawing on the library's holdings. The awards may be used to cover living expenses, photocopying, other incidental research expenses, but not for the purchase of durable equipment or travel to other sites for research.

2014–2015 Carol K. Pforzheimer Student Fellowships


Diane Brinkley '15
"Pornography in the Public and Private Spheres"
*Also received the Elizabeth A. Nicholson Undergraduate Award

Grace Chen '15
"'Easy' and 'Exotic': The Familiar and the Foreign in Grace Zia Chu’s Cookbooks"

Kristin Holladay '15
"Suffrage and Sanity: The Political Pathologizing of Alice Paul and the National Woman’s Party"
Also received the Elizabeth A. Nicholson Undergraduate Award

Ivel Posada '14
"Amending the Sacred Charter: An Analysis of NOW’s Rhetorical Strategies in the Campaign for the ERA, 1970–1982"
*Also received the Elizabeth A. Nicholson Undergraduate Award

Indiana Seresin '15
"Radical Doulas and Reproductive Justice Activism: An Emerging Movement"

Cynthia Shih '15
"Childhood Obesity in the Cafeteria: How School Food Environments Shaped the Bodies of America’s Youth"

Seyedehfatemeh Delaram Takyar '15
"Political Participation of Middle Eastern Immigrants in the Post 9-11 Era"

Lyla Wasz-Piper '15
"Genital Normalizing Surgeries on Intersex Infants: Current State of Affairs"

*The Elizabeth A. Nicholson Undergraduate Award is awarded in honor of Elizabeth A. Nicholson '79 to the most deserving undergraduate proposals.


Applications must be received by Friday, March 6, 2015.

Awards will be announced by April 3, 2015, to be used for research at the library from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016.


Harvard undergraduates

How to Apply

Applications must include:

  • The Schlesinger Library Grants and Fellowships cover sheet.
  • A project description (no longer than four double-spaced pages in 12-point font) indicating the purpose of the research, the Schlesinger Library holdings to be consulted, and the significance of these holdings to the project overall.
  • A one-page bibliography of principal secondary sources consulted in designing the research.
  • A résumé no more than two pages long.
  • The name of one reference who has agreed to send a supporting letter directly to the library by the deadline of March 6, 2015.
  • A proposed budget indicating how the funds requested will be spent.

Preferred mode of application is via email attachment to

If possible, please combine application pieces into a single document.

Recommenders should observe the same deadline as applicants. They may send their letters by attachment to the same email address or send a paper copy to: Grants Administrator, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, 3 James Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study does not discriminate in admissions, in the administration of its educational policies and programs, or in the selection of faculty, staff, vendors, or contractors, on the basis of any classification prohibited by law, or on any basis unrelated to job requirements or the educational purposes of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.