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.

2014–2015 Research Support Grants

Tori Barnes-Brus, Cornell College
"'Saviour of Her Sex': Lydia E. Pinkham Patent Medicine Company and the Construction of Female Health"

Meredith Chilton, Independent Scholar
"The Emergence of Informal and Private Dining in the 17th- and 18th-Century Europe"

Ariel Dougherty, Independent Scholar
"Feminist Filming within Communities"

Diane B. Friedman, Marian University, School of Nursing
"Neuroscience in Popular Early Films: Dark Victory and World War I"

Jeffrey Gonda, Syracuse University
"'No Crystal Stair': Black Women and Civil Rights Law in Postwar America"

Che Gosett, Independent Scholar
"'My Dungeon Shook': Legacies of Black Queer Solidarity with Palestinian Struggle in a Time of Pinkwashing, Homonationalism, and Carceral Regimes"

Dorene Isenberg, University of Redlands
"The Development of Women’s Credit Worthiness: The 1970s"

Shelah Gilbert Leader, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
"Forging a Feminist Consensus"
*Also, received the Joan R. Challinor Award

Irene Lusztig, University of California, Santa Cruz
"Our Feminisms, Ourselves: Performing Ms. Magazine, 1972–1980"
*Also received the Joan R. Challinor Award

Michelle Moravec, Rosemont College
"The Politics of Women’s Culture"

G. Kurt Piehler, Florida State University
"The Religious History of American GI in World War II"

Margaret Talbot, Independent Researcher
"Jailbirds: The Final Push for Women’s Suffrage"

*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 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 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. They 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.

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.