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.

2013–2014 Carol K. Pforzheimer Student Fellowships


Pearl Bhatnagar ’14
“Future Forecasts for Technology and International Development”

Caroline Grace Cox ’14
“Connecting the Emergence of Home Economics and Early 20th Century Feminist Political Activism”
Also received an Elizabeth A. Nicholson Award

Andrew Lea ’14
“Sex Reassignment Surgery in Practice and In Press”

Blake Rosenthal ’14
“Tracing the Evolution of the Natural Childbirth Movement as a Form of Knowledge in Transit”

(Jane) Dongeun Seo ’14
“The New Kid on the Block: How Food Trucks Evolved from Roach Coaches to Cultural Phenomena”

(Kate) Jea-Sun Sim ’14
“Affect and Action in Feminist Activism”

Carrie Tian ’14
““Good Books for Bad Children”: Ursula Nordstrom and the Renaissance of Children's Literature, 1936–1979”

Katie Wilcox ’14
“Cutting Out the Radical Mastectomy: Rose Kushner and Medical Feminism in the 1970s”


Julie Yen ’14
“The History of Child Care in New York City During and After World War II”


Applications must be received by March 24, 2014.

Awards will be announced by May 1, 2014, to be used for research at the library from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015.


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 25, 2014.
  • A proposed budget indicating how the funds requested will be spent.

Preferred mode of application is via e-mail 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 e-mail 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.