Sophia Smith Collection and Smith College Archives Research Support Programs

pages-flipCaroline D. Bain Fellowship,
Margaret Storrs Grierson Fellowships,
Friends of the Smith College Library (FSCL) Fellowship,
and Travel to Collections Funds

The Sophia Smith Collection and the Smith College Archives at Smith College are pleased to offer four annual research support programs: the Margaret
Storrs Grierson Scholars-in-Residence Awards, the Caroline D. Bain
Scholars-in-Residence Awards, the Friends of the Smith College Library
(FSCL) Scholars-in-Residence Awards, and the Travel-to-Collections Fund.
Grierson, Bain, and FSCL Scholars will receive awards of $2500, intended to
support research visits of four to six weeks. For smaller projects,
researchers should apply for Travel-to-Collection funds.

We welcome applications from faculty members, independent scholars, and
graduate students who live at least 50 miles from Northampton,
Massachusetts, and whose research interests and objectives would be
significantly advanced by extended research in the holdings of either the
Sophia Smith Collection or the Smith College Archives

Bain, Grierson, and FSCL scholars will be expected to give a
work-in-progress colloquium to the Smith College community during their
residency. It is expected that at some later time they will send the Sophia
Smith Collection and the College Archives a copy of the final results of
their research, whether in published or unpublished form.

We encourage potential applicants to contact our reference archivists to
inquire about the relevance of our collections for their projects before
submitting their proposals. Reference queries can be made online at or by calling
(413) 585-2970

Applications for the Bain, Grierson, or FSCL Scholars-in-Residence
Fellowships should include six copies * of the following: 1) the completed
cover sheet (print out the cover sheet page and complete it by hand); 2) a
proposal not exceeding six double-spaced pages, in 12-pitch font; and 3) a
curriculum vitae. The proposal should describe the research to be
undertaken and its relationship to current research in the field, the
holdings to be consulted and their significance to the work, and the
current status of the project as well as your plans and schedule for
completing it. Two letters of recommendation (one copy of each), clearly
indicating the applicant’s name and project title, should be sent under
separate cover.

All applicants will be considered for the Bain, Grierson, and FSCL
fellowships; you need only submit one application.

Applications must be postmarked by February 15th. Awards will be
announced April 1st. Applicants should address their materials to: Research
Support Program, Sophia Smith Collection and Smith College Archives,
Smith College, Northampton, MA 01063.

Travel-to-Collections funds are available to offset travel expenses of
researchers engaged in a study that would benefit from access to the
holdings at Smith College. We also welcome and encourage requests from
researchers at the pre-proposal stage who would like to survey our holdings
as they formulate their research agendas. We review applications for these
funds once each year. Applications should be postmarked by February 15th.
Awards will be announced April 1st.

Applicants for Travel-to-Collections funds should submit six copies * of
the following: 1) a curriculum vita; 2) a letter outlining their research
interests and needs; and 3) a proposed budget (not to exceed $1000) for
travel and accommodations. We do not cover costs for meals, photocopies or
other research-related costs. Graduate students should also arrange for two
letters of recommendation (one copy of each, to be sent either with the
application or separately) that speak to their scholarly experience,
ability and promise.

For further information contact:

Amy Hague
Research Support Program
Sophia Smith Collection and College Archives
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063
Phone: 413-585-2970  e-mail:

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