The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America invites scholars who are conducting oral history interviews relevant to the history of women or gender in the United States to apply for support of up to $3,000.

This grant stipulates that the interviews take place in accordance with guidelines of the Oral History Association, that consent is obtained from interviewees for their words to be viewed by researchers worldwide, and that true copies or transcripts of the original recording of the oral interviews, as well as copies of the consent forms, be deposited in the Schlesinger Library.

Applicants may request support to cover travel expenses, living expenses (up to $125 per diem), transcription services, and incidental research materials, but not the purchase of durable equipment. Applications will be evaluated on the significance of the research and documentation planned and the project's potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge.

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 Oral History Grants

Kythe Heller, Harvard University
"A Media Archeology of Mystical Islam: Female Sufis of the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship in America"

Abbie Reese, Independent Scholar
"Young Nuns: Discerning Religious Life in the 21st Century"

Jaime Schultz, Pennsylvania State University
"Women Marathoners in the Age of Rebellion, 1959–1972"


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

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


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 sheet.
  • A project description (no longer than four double-spaced pages in twelve-point font) indicating the purpose of the research, the persons to be interviewed, and the interview arrangements.
  • 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 February 6, 2015.
  • A proposed budget indicating how the requested funds 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.