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Quigley Research Fellowship

Majors in the class of 2017 and 2018 may compete for a limited number of Quigley Research Fellowships for 2016-2017. These paid research fellowships enable qualified juniors and seniors 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 2016 and Spring 2017
Applications due Friday, April 29, 2016

SWG Quigley Research Project Description:

Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking
Carrie Baker (Spring 2017)

This Quigley fellowship involves research into the social movement against sex trafficking of youth in the United States and legal changes relating to domestic minor sex trafficking over the last two decades. Areas of research include the historical treatment of youth involved in commercial sex, how youth advocates have leveraged anti-trafficking frameworks to push for changes to the legal treatment of minors, strategies and tactics of anti-youth-trafficking activists, critiques of the movement, legal changes including safe harbor laws and reform of child welfare treatment of minors involved in sex trade, and media portrayals of juvenile sex trafficking.  Skills and interests required: A student research assistant would help conduct primary and secondary research, including research in scholarly databases and on the internet, legal research, organizational research, and archival research in the Sophia Smith Collection.

SWG Quigley Research Project Description
(full year: 2016-17)
“Black/Land Project and Gendered Resistance, Springfield MA (Full year)

Lisa Armstrong

This Quigley research project looks into the basic needs movements of Springfield, Massachusetts from 1967-2015 led by groups such as Live Well Springfield, Gardening the Community, No One Leaves, Concerned Citizens of Mason Square. This research can focus on a variety of areas: collecting historical photography of city activism, reading city planning meeting notes, researching city archives, and GIS mapping of collected materials to tell the story of Springfield’s activism around civil rights, housing rights, food rights and transportation rights. These movements have all raised questions and produced answers to issues of food access, cultural dignity and land, livable-waged employment, and rights for renters and home-owners to fair housing.

SWG Quigley Research Project Description:Archival Project on the Indian Women’s Movement, 1980-2012, Fall or Spring Semester
Lisa Armstrong
This fellowship will involve digitizing records from the Indian women’s movement and assisting in preparation of an introduction to the interviews for a project to be included in the Women and Social Movement Database (Alexander Street Press).

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 April 29. First priority will be given to SWG majors in the Class of 2017 and 2018.