Grant of the Week: Schlesinger Library Research, Dissertation, and Oral History Grants 2016-2017

Ryan Baldwin | Jan 29, 2016

Every week, AHA Today showcases a new grant, fellowship, or scholarship of interest to historians which has been posted to our free Calendar.

The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America invites applicants for a variety of research grants.

The library’s special collections document over two centuries of United States history, from abolition to transgender rights. Manuscripts, books, periodicals, audiovisual material, photographs, and other objects make up the collections. These materials illuminate the lives of ordinary women as well as American icons such as suffragist Alice Paul, Harlem Renaissance writer Dorothy West, civil rights activist Pauli Murray, feminist Betty Friedan, Republican Party activist Anna Chennault, poet June Jordan, chef and cookbook author Zarela Martinez, and zine author Cindy Crabb, among many more.

Applications will be evaluated on the significance of the research and the project’s potential contribution to the advancement of knowledge, along with its creativity in drawing on the library’s collections. The awards may be used to cover travel and living expenses, scanning, and other incidental research expenses, but not for the purchase of durable equipment or travel to other research sites.

Research Support Grants
The Schlesinger Library invites 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. Non-US citizens are eligible but should contact the library regarding visas and other required paperwork prior to applying.

Dissertation Grants
The Schlesinger Library invites 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. A brief report about work accomplished under the grant will be due no later than one year from the date of the award.

Applicants must have advanced to candidacy in a doctoral program from any college or university 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. Non-US citizens are eligible but should contact the library regarding visas and other required paperwork prior to applying.

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.

A brief report about work accomplished under the grant will be due no later than one year from the date of the award. Non-US citizens are eligible but should contact the library regarding visas and other required paperwork prior to applying.

How to Apply
Visit http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/schlesinger-library/grants
Applications must be received by Monday, February 1, 2016. Awards will be announced in April 2016, to be used for research at the Library between July 2016 and June 2017.


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