The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America invites scholars whose dissertation research requires use of the library's collections to apply for research support.

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. Grants of up to $3,000 will be given on a competitive basis to cover travel expenses, living expenses (up to $125 per diem), photocopying, and other incidental research expenses, but not the purchase of durable equipment.

A brief report about work accomplished under the grant will be due no later than one year from the date of the award.

2014–2015 Dissertation Grants

Stephanie Boland, University of Exeter

"Cooking The Books: Genre and Culture in the Modernist Cookbook"

Jenifer Dodd, Vanderbilt University
"Psychiatric and Feminist Theories of Rape, 1970–1990"

Kristen Gaylord, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
"'Infiltrate the Masses': Immaculate Heart College and Corita Kent in the 1960s"
+Also received the Joan R. Challinor Award

Deneil Hill, Binghamton University
"Shifting Feminism Visions at the UN: Self-Determination, Sexuality, and Human Rights, 1975–1995"
+Also, received the Joan R. Challinor Award

Charlotte Jeffries, University of Cambridge
"The Emergence of a National Consensus on Teenage Female Sexuality in the United States, 1981–2008"

Bryan Knapp, Brown University
"'Capitalism Begins at the Mother’s Breast': The Nestle Boycott and the Global Growth of Infants, Nations, and Economies, 1970–1988"

Assata Sankofa Kokayi, Northwestern University
"Insurgent Wave: The Ideological Development of Radical Black Feminisms in the United States, 1968–1988"
*Also received the Alice Stone Blackwell Award

Joe Ryan-Hume, The University of Glasgow
"Standing in Reagan’s Shadow: Liberal Strategies in a Conservative Age"
+Also received the Joan R. Challinor Award

Roxanne Samer, University of Southern California
"Receiving Feminisms: Toward a Media Archaeology of Lesbian Possibility "

Monica Steinberg, City University of New York
"Finish Fetish: Art, Artists, and Alter Egos in Los Angeles of the 1960s"

Jessica Waggoner, Indiana University
"Crip Modernisms: Unspectacular Disability in the US 1930s and '40s"

Ashley Rose Young, Duke University
"Nourishing Networks: Provisioning Southern Cities in the Atlantic World, 1840–1905"

*The Alice Stone Blackwell Award is for research supporting the promotion of equal rights for women, with emphasis on the empowerment of women in their societies around the world, consistent with the life and accomplishments of the woman it honors.

+The Joan R. Challinor Award is given to deserving and relevant applicants for research at the Schlesinger Library in the area of, but not limited to, women/gender and Catholicism, national government, journalism, and libraries.


Applications must be received by Friday, February 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.


Applicants must have advanced to candidacy in a doctoral program from any college or university in a relevant field and have an approved dissertation topic. Priority will be given to those whose projects require use of materials available only but the Schlesinger Library. Non-US citizens are eligible but should contact the library regarding visas and other required paperwork prior to applying.

How to Apply

Applications must include:

  • The Schlesinger Library Grants and Fellowships cover page.
  • A project description (no longer than four double-spaced pages in twelve-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 curriculum vitae of no more than two pages.
  • The name of one reference who has agreed to send a supporting letter directly to the library by the deadline of February 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 and 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.

Each grantee will be expected to give the Library a copy of the completed dissertation, and to acknowledge Radcliffe's support in the dissertation and any resulting publications. Prior to applying, non-US citizens should contact the library regarding visas and other required paperwork.

Applicants for Schlesinger Library grants may be interested in applying for a research stipend from the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium of which the Schlesinger Library is a member.

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.