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Kahn Project Fellowships

The Kahn Institute's projects are designed to foster communities of scholars in which Smith and Five College faculty, Smith students and visiting scholars can participate as equals and explore diverse areas of research in a collaborative and interdisciplinary setting.

Every Kahn project is proposed and designed by one or several faculty members who serve as a project's organizing fellows. A project's central research questions are framed in a way that is open to a variety of disciplinary perspectives and yet be sufficiently focused to sustain a coherent investigation.

Kahn projects are typically developed as semester or yearlong collaborations, but short-term projects may be designed with the intention of testing and developing ideas that have the potential to become long-term projects.

Participating in Projects

Informational meetings are held each year for faculty and students who are interested in learning more about projects. See current and future projects for additional information.


Sams Fund

The Sams Fund is a restricted fund administered by the Kahn Institute, established by Betty Hamady Sams ’57 and James F. Sams to support the study of Arab history, culture, politics, religion, and art at Smith College.

The intent of the Sams Fund is to foster greater understanding among Americans and people of Arab countries.

Smith College scholars are invited to apply for grant support from the Sams Fund by contacting Kahn Institute Director Rosetta Cohen, rcohen@smith.edu.

Uses of the Sams Fund may include, but are not limited to, support for faculty research and travel, student research and travel, student internships, guest speakers and special events, library and art acquisitions, or other appropriate uses.


Annual Kahn Fellowships

The Kahn Institute offers two annual fellowships not affiliated with a specific Kahn project, but rather to support and/or foster research deriving from or connected to past project participation, as follows:

Kahn Alumnae Fellowship

Smith faculty members who have participated in a Kahn Institute semester-long or yearlong project in the past three years are eligible for the Kahn Alumnae Fellowship, whch is intended for the purpose of funding research related to or extended from their project during Kahn participation.

The Kahn Alumnae Fellowship offers a $500 grant.

The Marjorie Senechal Emeriti Fellowship

Smith emeriti faculty who have participated in a Kahn Institute semester-long or yearlong project are eligible for the Marjorie Senechal Fellowship, intended for the purpose of funding research related to or extended from their project during Kahn participation.

The Marjorie Senechal Emeriti Fellowship, named in honor of the founding director of the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, offers a $500 grant.

Calls for applications for annual Kahn research fellowships are distributed in the fall.