Foundation Fellowships are done in conjunction with institutions who have collections on women in medicine so that these stories are brought to light, and ideally used to shed light on our present and future. Current Fellowships are listed below.

Countway Library Fellowship

To support focused research on the history of women in medicine, the Foundation provides annually one $5,000 grant to cover travel, lodging, and incidental expenses for a flexible research period between July 1 and June 30.

The research will be conducted at the Center for the History of Medicine at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, 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 will be given to:

  • Projects that deal specifically with women physicians, health workers, or medical scientists. 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, and a lecture on the project.


The Archives for Women in Medicine (AWM) is a project of the Joint Committee on the Status of Women and the Countway Library’s Center for the History of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. The AWM’s goal is to recognize outstanding medical leaders and to document the social phenomena that brought large numbers of women to the forefront of medicine. The AWM’s objective is to actively acquire, process, preserve, provide access to, and publicize the papers of women physicians, researchers, and medical administrators. A list of collections in the AWM can be provided.

Established in 1960 as a result of an alliance between the Boston Medical Library and the Harvard Medical Library, the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine is the largest academic medical library in the United States. The Countway Library maintains a collection of approximately 700,000 volumes. The Center for the History of Medicine’s collection of archives and manuscripts, numbering between 15-20 million items, is the largest collection of its kind in the United States. The manuscripts collection includes the personal and professional records of physicians from the medieval and Renaissance periods through the twentieth century, including the professional papers of many renowned Harvard faculty members as well as physicians and scientists from New England and around the country.

Past Countway Fellows

2017 Maria Daxenbichler
2017 Jordan Katz
2016 Kate Grauvogel
2015 Louella McCarthy, Ph.D.
2014 Rebecca Kluchin, Ph.D.
2013 Ciara Breathnach, Ph.D.
2012 Carrie Adkins
2011 Hilary C. Aquino, Ph.D.
2010 Joan Marie Johnson, Ph.D.
2010 Sarah Rodriguez, Ph.D.
2009 Narin Hassan
2009 Morgan Tunzelmann
2007 Cheryl Lemus, Ph.D.
2006 Kerstin Bornholdt
2005  Kimberly Jensen, Ph.D.
2005  Susan Rishworth, MLS, MA