Library Research Awards: FAQ

What it is | Eligibility | Research topics | Expenses covered | Taxes
Application process | Accommodations | Responsibilities of awardees

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What is this research award all about?

Barnard Archives, Center for Research on Women and Zine Library staff are eager to support undergraduate, graduate, faculty and independent researchers using our collections. We are providing funding for scholarship that will shape broader dialogues in women's, gender and sexuality studies and intersectional feminisms.

Who is eligible?

Individuals at all academic levels and outside academia who have a demonstrable need to use one or more of our collections and for our funding. Researchers are welcome and encouraged to contact Archives, BCRW or Zine Library staff to determine what relevant materials we hold.

This award is open to U.S. Citizens/lawful permanent residents and international applicants who obtain a U.S. Taxpayer Idenfication Number ("TIN") prior to receiving the award.  

What research topics are appropriate? Which collections are participating in the programs?

Our collections support research in late 19th, 20th and 21st century girls' and women's studies and intersectional feminisms, using college records and memorabilia, feminist ephemera, and zines.

What expenses does the award cover?

There are no restrictions. However, it is expected that the award will be used to directly defer costs associated with visiting Barnard to conduct research.

Is the award taxable?

Successful applicants with US citizenship or residency will be required to complete a Form W-9, which will be submitted to the government by Barnard for income reporting purposes. International researchers will be required to show proof that they have obtained an ITIN by May 1, 2015 prior to receiving the award.

How do I apply?

Complete the application form. Note that students must include a letter of recommendation from their thesis or dissertation advisor. Applications are due February 15, and notifications will be made by April 30.

Will Barnard help me find housing in New York City during my visit?

You're on your own, but we can suggest some places to stay.

Will I be required to attend any seminars or present any papers during my visit?

You will not. The purpose of this program is to facilitate the conduct of research. The only requirements of the award are a brief report at the conclusion of your project here, summarizing your work and accounting for your expenses.

If you have any additional questions, please email them to Jenna Freedman.

With thanks to Columbia University Libraries and Duke University's Sallie Bingham Center for inspiring the awards and much of the text above!