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The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America invites applicants for a variety of research grants that require use of its material. 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.

We encourage applicants to review carefully the finding aides 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:

CAROL K. PFORZHEIMER STUDENT FELLOWSHIPS

The Schlesinger Library supports Harvard undergraduates doing research in the library's collections with competitive awards of up to $2,500. The research may be carried out in conjunction with a project for academic credit, such as a senior thesis or a seminar paper, although this is not required.

RESEARCH SUPPORT GRANTS

The Schlesinger Library invites scholars at any post-doctoral career stage, including independent scholars, whose 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 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.

Click here for an example of a successful Research Support Grant proposal.

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.

Click here for an example of a successful Dissertation Grant proposal.

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.

Click here for an example of a winning Oral History Grant proposal.

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.

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.

Application Instructions and Deadlines

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

Applications for the Carol K. Pforzheimer Student Fellowships must be received by Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Awards will be announced by early April 2017, to be used for research at the library from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.

Applications for the Research Support Grants, Dissertation Grants, and Oral History Grants must be received by Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Awards will be announced by early April 2017, to be used for research at the library from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.


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