The Countway Library Fellowship is Open for Applications


The Foundation provides an annual grant to support research on the history of women in medicine

The Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation's Countway Library Fellowship supports research on the history of women in medicine, providing an annual grant of $5000. This covers travel, lodging, and incidental expenses for a flexible research period between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

The research is conducted at the Center for the History of Medicine at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Manuscript collections which may be of special interest include the recently-opened Mary Ellen Avery Papers, the Leona Baumgartner Papers, and the Grete Bibring Papers.

Preference is given to:

  • Projects that deal specifically with women physicians, medical scientists or health workers. Proposals dealing with the history of women’s health issues may also be considered.

  • Those who are using collections from the Archives for Women in Medicine. Research on the topic of women in medicine using other material from the Countway Library will be considered.

  • Applicants who live beyond commuting distance of the Countway, but all are encouraged to apply, including graduate students.

In return, the Foundation requests a one page report on the Fellow’s research experience, a copy of the final product (with the ability to post excerpts from the paper/project), and a photo and bio of the Fellow for web and newsletter announcements. The Fellow will also be asked to present a lecture at the Countway Library.

Application Requirements

Applicants should submit a proposal of no more than five pages outlining the subject and objectives of the research project, length of residence, historical materials to be used, and a project budget (including travel, lodging, and research expenses), along with a curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation by May 15, 2018. The fellowship proposal should demonstrate that the Countway Library has resources central to the research topic.

Applications should be sent to:

The Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine Fellowship, Archives for Women in Medicine
Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine
10 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA 02115

Electronic submissions of applications, supporting materials, and any questions may be directed to or (617) 432-2170.

For more information, visit the Center for the History of Medicine's page here.

Alicia Lazzaro