Call for Applicants: Smith College Special Collections Fellowships and Grants

Marisa Chappell Discussion

2018-19 Fellowships and Grants

Smith College Special Collections



Special Collections at Smith College offer four fellowships. The Sophia Smith Collection and the Smith College Archives offer the Margaret Storrs Grierson, Friends of the Smith College Libraries, and Carel B. Germain Fellowships awarded in an annual competition. Scholars will hold awards of $2,500, intended to support research visits of four to six weeks.  One Mortimer Fellowship of $2,500 is awarded annually for research in the rare book collection.


Faculty members, independent researchers, and graduate students who live at least 50 miles from Northampton, MA, and whose research interests and objectives would be significantly advanced by extended work in the holdings of the three collections may apply. Recipients will be expected to present an informal work-in-progress colloquium to the Smith College community during their residency and, at some later time, to send the Special Collections a copy of the final results of their research, whether in published or unpublished form.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 proposals. Application deadline is February 15, 2018.


Travel-to-Collections Grants  
Special Collections at Smith College offers Travel to Collections Grants (up to $1000). These grants are intended to help offset the travel expenses of researchers engaged in studies that will benefit from access to the holdings of the Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College Archives, and Rare Book Collection. Requests from researchers who would like to survey our holdings as they formulate their research agendas will also be considered. Applications are evaluated once per year. The application deadline is February 15, 2018.


Queries can be made by emailing or by calling 413-585-2970.  Application instructions are online at



Amy Hague, Research Services Archivist

Smith College

Northampton, MA 01063



The Sophia Smith Collection is a partner in the New England Research Fellowships Consortium, which offers 8-week, $5,000 stipends to applicants whose research takes them to 3 or more of the member institutions. For more information go to the NERFC Web site.