Photo cropped from the 1961 Barnard Mortarboard in the Barnard Archives Digital Collections.

The Barnard Library will award two grants of $2,500 to researchers using its Archives, Zine Library or Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) collection.

The purpose of this program is to expand social justice and feminist research by sharing with activists, artists, independent scholars and academics the material at Barnard. Undergraduate and graduate students, adjunct and term faculty, professors, journalists and independent scholars are encouraged to apply. Jury members (Archives: Shannon O'Neill, BCRW: Che Gossett, Zines: Jenna Freedman) will take an intersectional approach to evaluating applications.

Particular strengths of the three collections are the history of the college, second and third wave feminist and LGBTQ print ephemera (1970s-present newsletters, pamphlets, zines, etc.), riot grrrl, late 20th century girlhood, 20th century women's education, NYC modern dance history, representations of women’s sexuality and embodiment, contemporary zine culture, zines by women of color. Find out more about each collection by visiting its individual website: Archives, BCRW, Zines and by following up with the relevant jury member(s), listed above. 

Award money may be used for whatever will facilitate the researcher's work at Barnard, e.g., travel, housing, family care.

Applications will be accepted through March 3, 2019 at midnight Eastern Time. Award notifications will be sent to applicants by May 3, 2019 for research to be conducted at Barnard during the period July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020.

Librarians at Barnard were inspired to create this program by similar awards at Columbia University and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture

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Previous Winners

2018/19: Denise J. Murphy, Nadja Eisenberg-Guyot
2017/18: Desiree Abu-Odeh, Andrea Adomako, Kyara Andrade
2016/17: Lena Palacios, Susana Sepulveda
2015/16: Agatha Beins, Magdalena Olszanowski, Aiesha Turman
2014/15: Michelle Moravec, Joshunda Sanders, Yin Wang