Schlesinger Library Grants

The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America offers a variety of research grants to support new scholarship on women, gender, and sexuality.

Applications will be evaluated on the significance of the research topic and its creativity in drawing on the library's holdings.

We encourage applicants to review carefully the finding aids to our collections, and/or to contact the research services team to find out more about the scope and scale of collections relevant to your application.

For an introduction to our collections, please begin by reviewing our Research Guides by Subject and our Finding Aids.

A more thorough search of Schlesinger holdings can be accomplished through Harvard’s online catalogue, HOLLIS.

 

The Schlesinger Library offers the following grants:

Mellon-Schlesinger Summer Research Grants

A major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has allowed the Schlesinger Library to launch the Long 19th Amendment Project interrogating the centennial of American women’s suffrage. The grant will fund up to three eight-week residencies each June–July in 2019, 2020, and 2021 for researchers doing advanced work on the gender and suffrage, voting rights, citizenship, or other related topics. Successful projects will draw in meaningful ways on Schlesinger Library collections. The stipend for each award is $15,000.

We will consider applications from clusters of two or three researchers as well as from individuals. Such collaborations could produce a range of materials, from co-authored books and articles, to course syllabi, to datasets or interview transcripts, to podcasts and video modules. College and university faculty, secondary school teachers, and other advanced researchers in any relevant discipline are invited to apply for Mellon-Schlesinger Summer Research grants. Currently enrolled graduate students are not eligible for these awards and should apply instead for Schlesinger Library’s Dissertation Support Grants (see below).

Deadline
Applications must be received by Thursday, November 15, 2018. Awards will be announced in late January 2019 to be used for an eight-week residency June–July 2019.

Apply now via our online application. Candidates must apply online for all Schlesinger Library Grant offerings.

Questions?

Contact slgrants@radcliffe.harvard.edu

CAROL K. PFORZHEIMER STUDENT FELLOWSHIPS

The Schlesinger Library invites Harvard undergraduates to apply for a Carol K. Pforzheimer Student Fellowship to support research in the library's collections. Fellowships of up to $2,500 will be awarded on a competitive basis. Pforzheimer Fellows will become part of a research cohort and will receive mentoring and research support from Schlesinger Library. The fellowships support independent research projects as well as projects for academic credit, such as a senior thesis or a seminar paper.

Deadline
Applications must be received by Monday, March 4, 2019. Awards will be announced in early April 2019, to be used for research at the library from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.

Application Information
View an example of a successful Pforzhiemer Fellowship proposal

Apply now via our online application. Candidates must apply online for all Schlesinger Library Grant offerings.

Questions?
Contact slgrants@radcliffe.harvard.edu

RESEARCH SUPPORT GRANTS

The Schlesinger Library invites scholars and other serious researchers at any career stage beyond graduate school to apply for support for their work in our collections. Grants of up to $3,000 will be given on a competitive basis. 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. The awards may be used to cover travel and living expenses, photocopies or other reproductions, and other incidental research expenses, but not for the purchase of equipment or travel to other sites for research.

Deadline
Applications must be received by Monday, February 4, 2019. Awards will be announced in early April 2019, to be used for research at the library from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.

Application Information

View an example of a successful Research Support Grant proposal

Apply now via our online application. Candidates must apply online for all Schlesinger Library Grant offerings.

Questions?
Contact slgrants@radcliffe.harvard.edu

Teaching Support Grants

The Schlesinger Library invites secondary school teachers to apply for support for research in our collections connected to their work in the classroom. Grants of up to $3,000 will be given on a competitive basis. Priority will be given to those who have demonstrated innovative pedagogy in social studies and history, and whose proposals make a compelling case about the ways materials available only at the Schlesinger Library will be incorporated into the applicant’s curriculum plans. The awards may be used to cover travel and living expenses, photocopies or other reproductions, and other incidental research expenses, but not for the purchase of equipment or travel to other sites for research.

Deadline
Applications must be received by Monday, February 4, 2019. Awards will be announced in early April 2019, to be used for research at the library from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.

Application Information

View a successful Teaching Support Grant proposal

Apply now via our online application. Candidates must apply online for all Schlesinger Library Grant offerings.

Questions?
Contact slgrants@radcliffe.harvard.edu

DISSERTATION GRANTS

The Schlesinger Library invites predoctoral scholars whose dissertation research requires use of the library's collections to apply for research support. Grants of up to $3,000 will be given on a competitive basis. Applicants must have advanced to candidacy in a doctoral program in a relevant field and have an approved dissertation topic. Priority will be given to those whose projects require use of materials available only at the Schlesinger Library. The awards may be used to cover travel and living expenses, photocopies or other reproductions, and other incidental research expenses, but not for the purchase of equipment or travel to other sites for research.

Deadline 
Applications must be received by Monday, February 4, 2019. Awards will be announced in early April 2019, to be used for research at the library from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.

Application Information

View a successful Dissertation Grant proposal

Apply now via our online application. Candidates must apply online for all Schlesinger Library Grant offerings.

Questions? 
Contact slgrants@radcliffe.harvard.edu

ORAL HISTORY GRANTS

The Schlesinger Library 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 upon completion.

Deadline 
Applications must be received by Monday, February 4, 2019. Awards will be announced in early April 2019, to be used for research at the library from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.

Application Information
View a successful Oral History Grant proposal

Apply now via our online application. Candidates must apply online for all Schlesinger Library Grant offerings.

Questions? 
Contact slgrants@radcliffe.harvard.edu

NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL FELLOWSHIP CONSORTIUM

The New England Regional Fellowship Consortium offers grants to encourage projects that draw on the resources of 18 major cultural agencies, including Schlesinger Library.

Information for International Applicants

Schlesinger Library Grants are designed to fund research for short periods of time. Thus, international applicants need no special documentation or visa to receive a grant award and research at the library. Applicants who are eligible for ESTA Visas, or are already in the United States via green card, ESTA Visas, or an I-20 are eligible to apply.


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