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Quigley Research Fellowship

Majors in the class of 2016 may compete for a limited number of Quigley Research Fellowships for the junior year. These paid research fellowships enable qualified juniors to work one-on-one with a faculty member in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender on a research or curricular project.


Quigley Proposals for Fall 2014
Applications due Friday, March 14, 2014

Quigley Research Fellowship 
Quigley Proposal: 2 Archival Fellowships

(Fall 2014) 
Martha Ackelsberg and Susan Van Dyne

Our joint project during our sabbaticals next fall is to have 2 Quigley fellows help us organize and process our papers which we are giving to the archives. The Quigley fellows’ work would ensure that our papers are made available to Smith faculty and students and future researchers as soon as possible, we hope within a year.

Our Quigley fellows will receive initial intensive training in processing from archives staff. The ideal candidates would have prior experience of working in an archive, processing collections, and creating finding aids. The fellowships would each be 10 hours a week for the fall semester; the work will take place during the archives’ daily and weekend hours. We’re looking for two fellows who can work independently, who care about the materials as much as we do, and who can collaborate with each other. The fellows would have weekly meetings with Susan Van Dyne, and occasional meetings with Martha Ackelsberg.
Important qualities:

Martha Ackelsberg’s papers include
Materials related to what would become the Women’s Studies Program (now SWG), going back to the 1970’s, early discussions about queer studies, materials about the status of women and faculty of color, and materials on feminist organizing within the political science profession.
Health activism in NY from 1969-72, which involved working with the New York Women's Health and Abortion Project), with Health PAC, and with the creation and presentation of a "Women and their Bodies" course, which was offered three times in dorms and/or storefronts in NYC--in both the Greenwich Village area, and also on the Upper West Side in 1970-71.
Materials on Jewish feminist activism,, which include the early activities of Ezrat Nashim (the first modern Jewish feminist collective), which had its official launch at a presentation to the Rabbinical Assembly at the Concord Hotel in Kiamesha Lake, NY in March of 1970; and also the founding--and continuing activities-- of Bnot Esh, an organization founded in 1981 and which still meets. 
There are also materials from a variety of other activist projects, such as ecofeminist conferences, in the 1980s, and anarchist groups.
Susan Van Dyne and Marilyn Schuster’s papers include
Women’s Studies/ SWG Program materials including faculty development projects—reading groups, seminars—to educate faculty about the scholarship on women & gender and ethnic studies from the late 1970s throughout the 1980s; cross-campus curricular experiments before we had a program; student study groups and proposals for a program, 30+ years of the history of the Program, the major, and the founding of queer studies and women of color courses and concentrations

Founding of the journal Meridians, a journal of feminism, race, transnationalism. Working for three years as multi-discipline, multiracial collective, the journal began under Ruth Simmons, and published its first issue in 2000.

Quigley Research Fellowship  
Quigley Proposal: Lisa Armstrong

(Fall 2014) 

This Quigley will build the technological infrastructure for a multi-university course on women's rights. The course is an upper division, two-credit course with an online, community-based research component that allows students to ground the definitions, histories and politics of “women’s rights” in their local/regional specificity alongside students from universities in countries such as India, Egypt and Lebanon. The student working on this project will help to figure which cross-institutional platforms will allow students in Asia and the Middle East and at Smith to share their community-based research and foster discussions about their findings. Fall semester.

How to Apply

To apply, submit a description of your interests, prior coursework and research skills that qualify you for the fellowship of your choice on the application form below (if applying for more than one project, a separate form must be submitted for each).

You may apply for more than one project, but you may only receive a single fellowship for work with a single faculty member as a Quigley fellow (up to a maximum of 10-hours-a-week for one semester*, five-hours-a-week over two semesters, or a more intensive hourly work schedule over interterm, depending on faculty member's needs.)

*Accepting a 10-hour a week Quigley Fellowship means you may not hold another full-time campus job or STRIDE position.


Quigley forms must be e-mailed to rsiegel@smith.edu by March 14. First priority will be given to SWG majors in the Class of 2015 and 2014.