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.

2013–2014 Dissertation Grants

Mayra Avitia, University of California, San Diego 
“Political Comadrazgo: Chicana Networks, Gender Politics, and Ethnic Identity in 20th Century Los Angeles” 

Emily Elizabeth Goodman, University of California, San Diego 
“Feeding Feminism: Food and Gender Ideology in American Women’s Art, 1960–1979”

Diana Greenwold, University of California, Berkeley 
“Crafting New Citizens: Art and Handicraft in American Settlement Houses, 1884–1945” 

Anna Danziger Halperin, Columbia University 
“British and American Child Care Policy, 1945–1997”

Adrienne Rose Johnson, Stanford University 
“The Literature of Loss: Dieting, Gender, and Culinary Nostalgia” 

Kelly Marino, Binghamton University
“Creating Revolution in Educated Opinion: College Students and Woman Suffrage Organizing, 1890–1920”

Sara Matthiesen, Brown University
“Reconceived: Women’s Reproduction after Roe v. Wade”
Also received an Alice Stone Blackwell Award

Kelly O'Donnell, Yale University
““Dear Injurious Physician”: Barbara Seaman, Feminism and the Politics of Women’s Health in America” 

Kristy Slominski, University of California, Santa Barbara
“An American Religious History of Sex Education” 

Stacy Williams, University of California, San Diego
““Don't Assume I Don't Cook”: How Social Movements Affect Feminist Discourse About Cooking” 

Anna Lane Windham, University of Maryland 
“Blue-Collar Battle: Union Organizing as a Hidden Terrain of 1970s Class Conflict”


Applications must be received by Friday, March 21, 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.


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 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 and 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.

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.