The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America invites scholars whose 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.

2013–2014 Research Support Grants

Richard Beck, n+1
“Believe the Children: The Daycare Sex Abuse and Satanic Ritual Worship Panic of the 1980s”

Karen Keifer-Boyd, Penn State
“Bridging Feminist Archives: Judy Chicago’s Teaching and Collaborative Artworks”

Kate Dossett, University of Leeds, the UK
“Making Women’s History in the New Deal”

Elizabeth Fraterrigo, Loyola University
“The Battle for the Airwaves: Feminism, Media Reform and American Popular Culture”

Helena Grice, University of Wales
“Anna Chennault: Pioneer Chinese American Autobiographer”

Jonathan Hagood, Hope College
“A Profession Without Borders: The Discourse and the Reality of International Nursing in Early 20th Century”

Zakiya Luna, University of California, Berkeley
“The Color of Life: The Influence of Minorities in Pro-Life Politics”

Claire Bond Potter, The New School
“Sex in Public: Feminism, the Reagan Revolution, and the Politics of Pornography, 1968–2000”

Lisa Ramos, Texas A&M University
“Women on the Verge of a Political Breakthrough: The Inter-American Commission of Women (IACW) and Transnational Feminisms”

Willa Silverman, Penn State
“Dinning, Sociability, and Gender in fin-de-siècle France: the Notebooks of Henri Vever”

Sharon Spaulding, Independent Scholar
“In Her Own Words: The Personal Papers of Mary Ware Dennett”

Etusuko Taketani, University of Tsukuba, Japan
“Edith Sampson, The United Nations, and the Cold War in Asia”

Jean Wills, University of Saskatchewan
“Women in Advertising: The Silenced Voices”


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 a doctoral degree or equivalent research and writing experience. Priority will be given to those who have demonstrated research productivity and whose projects require use of materials available only at 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 sheet.
  • 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. 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.

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.