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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

As of August 2016, the Sams Fund is administered by the Middle East Studies Department; all requests for Sams Fund support should be made to that department.

The Sams Fund (formerly administered by the Kahn Institute) is a restricted fund 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.