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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 resources. 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.
 
The Schlesinger Library offers the following grants:

Mellon-Schlesinger Summer Research Grants
Currently Accepting Applications

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

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.

Application Components
Applicants must apply online. Applicants can save and return to any part of the application to make changes. Once the application is submitted, changes will no longer be accepted. The applicant must submit the application by selecting the “Submit” button no later than the November 15, 2018 deadline. Late submissions will not be considered.

The application is composed of nine parts:
  • Personal information & affiliations
  • Addresses
  • Project title
  • Abstract (200 words)
  • Description of how applicant’s research connects to The Long 19th Amendment Project (250 words)
  • Project proposal (1200 words; uploaded as a .pdf)
  • Writing sample (5000 words max, including footnotes; uploaded as a .pdf)
  • Resume/C.V. (uploaded as a .pdf)
  • Two letters of recommendation are required. At least one of these should be from a writer outside the applicant's home institution.
Note: Applicants applying as part of a two- or three-person research cluster are also required to provide:
  • Cluster project title
  • List of other members of the cluster
  • Cluster project statement (500 words)
Each member of a research cluster will also be considered as an individual applicant. Applicants may opt out of individual consideration.

Research Proposal
The proposal (1200 words) should describe the significance of the applicant’s project and the applicant’s plans for research during the grant period in clear, concise terms accessible to non-specialists. The proposal must engage the specific purposes of the Schlesinger Library's Long 19th Amendment Project, and also explain in detail the ways in which the applicant’s work will draw on the Library's collections. Applicants applying as part of a two- or three-person research cluster, are also required to provide a cluster project statement describing the nature of the collaboration (500 words).

Letters of Recommendation
Applicants must submit the names and e-mail addresses of two references who will provide letters of recommendation. At least one of these should be from a writer outside the applicant's home institution. Letters of recommendation are due November 30, 2018. The most persuasive letters of recommendation will engage not just with the applicants’ overall career and achievements, but specifically with the proposed project.
Carol K. Pforzheimer Student Fellowships
Currently Accepting Applications
 
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 2018, to be used for research at the library from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.
Research Support Grants
Currently Accepting Applications

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.
Teaching Support Grants
Currently Accepting Applications

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.
Dissertation Grants
Currently Accepting Applications
 
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.
Oral History Grants
Currently Accepting Applications

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.