Foundation Fellowships


The Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine will provide one $5000 grant to support travel, lodging, and incidental expenses for a flexible research period between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. The Foundation offers this Fellowship for research related to the history of women in medicine, which is conducted at the Center for the History of Medicine at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

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 lecture on the project to be given at the Countway Library. In addition, the Fellow is asked to provide a photograph and brief autobiography for the website and newsletter announcements.

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.


Partnering Organizations

The Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine has achieved national prominence through its Board, its awards and its programs. The Foundation has established strong partnerships with like-minded organizations in order to deliver viable programs such as oral history projects, research fellowships, student scholarships, processing grants and an annual recognition award. Through these national partnerships and programs, the Foundation has been and continues to be successful in preserving the history of women in medicine and promoting its impact on the advancement of women in medicine.

logo_headerThe 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.