Search Special Collections
Smith College Special Collections, which includes the Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College Archives, and the Mortimer Rare Book Collection, is pleased to offer a research support program of fellowships and awards.
Rebecca Samay Rosenthal ‘07 Fellowship (Smith Students)
The Rosenthal Fellowship is named in honor of Rebecca (Becca) Rosenthal, former student worker in the Mortimer Rare Book Collection. Passionate about archival work, she was in the process of earning a graduate degree from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science before her untimely death in 2012. This fellowship supports current Smith student internships and capstone research in the Archives and Book Studies Concentrations only. The award for an internship is up to $1,500 and for a capstone project up to $1,000. Students may apply for each type of funding once. Rosenthal Fellowship proposals should be submitted by email to the Director of Special Collections, Beth Myers: firstname.lastname@example.org. The application review period is open.
Internships: Interns must complete a 100-hour internship for work related to their Archives and Book Studies Concentrations. Applicants may work 10 hours per week for one semester, 5 hours per week for two semesters, or 35 hours per week for 3 weeks during the January term or summer. Applications should include:
Capstone Projects: Applications should include:
These fellowships are intended to help offset the travel expenses of researchers engaged in studies that will benefit from access to, including initial survey and exploration of, the holdings of Smith College Special Collections, which are the College Archives, Mortimer Rare Book Collection, and Sophia Smith College of Women’s History.
Smith College Special Collections offer five extended-term fellowships with awards of $2,500 each for research visits that extend beyond two weeks:
The Margaret Storrs Grierson Fellowship is named in honor of the founding Director of the Sophia Smith Collection, and former College Archivist and Executive Secretary of the Friends of the Smith College Library.
The two Friends of the Smith College Libraries Fellowships are generously supported by the Friends of the Smith College Libraries in support of research across the collections.
The Ruth Mortimer Fellowship is named in honor of Ruth Mortimer, class of 1953, the distinguished curator of rare books at Smith College from 1975-1994.
The Carel B. Germain Fellowship is named in honor of longtime archives supporter Carel B. Germain, Professor of social work, author, and theorist in the field.
Special Collections also offers several short-term fellowships for research visits up to two weeks in length with awards of $1,000:
Madeleine L’Engle Travel Research Fellowships, named in honor of Madeleine L’Engle, class of 1941, renowned young adult fiction author.
Please complete this application. You will need to include the following:
You only need to submit one application to be considered for all of our visiting research fellowship opportunities.
Proposals should include:
Projects can include, but are not limited to:
Successful applicants will:
Special Collections is committed to ensuring equal access for all visitors. Visit Reading Room Accessibility for information about accommodations and the library spaces. Researchers needing accommodations beyond what is listed are welcome to contact our staff at email@example.com in advance of their visit.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Collections is also a partner in the New England Research Fellowships Consortium (NERFC), which offers 8-week, $5,000 stipends to applicants whose research takes them to three or more of its member institutions. Please visit NERFC to learn more.