Research Funding

Anne Firor Scott Award in Women’s History

Anne Firor Scott
"Teaching is not principally a matter of imparting 
information, but at its best is a way of encouraging
students to think about their own thoughts, ask their
own questions, and find out how to look for answers
to those questions."
– Anne Firor Scott

Submission Deadline:  April 1, 2024


Dr. Scott, one of Duke's most committed teachers and renowned scholars, was the W. K. Boyd Professor Emeritus of History at Duke, where she taught from 1961 to 1991. She was a pioneer in the expanding field of women's history, and she served as president of the Southern Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians. Throughout her career, she encouraged the idea that the best way to learn the historical craft is to work with primary sources. Under the leadership of Dara DeHaven (T'73, G'74, L'80), numerous former students and friends joined together to create this endowment in Dr. Scott's honor to help students engaged in research in women's history to spend time in archives and resource centers where they can make thorough use of original historical materials.

These are one-time awards for graduate students working on seminar projects or dissertations on any aspect of women's history, and undergraduates who are writing honors theses in History with priority consideration for those projects focused on women's history. Undergraduate and graduate student projects will be evaluated separately. Applicants should include the name of a faculty member who can be contacted as a reference. 

Awards generally range from $500-$1000, but requests of up to $2000 may be considered. Partial funding may be awarded in some cases. Awards will be made in the form of non-compensatory payments which are considered reportable income by IRS rules. See:

Awards may be used for travel, living expenses, and other direct costs incurred in collecting and analyzing information. Winners will be asked to report on their work and to provide photographs for use on the Department of History website and in promotional materials.


Application Procedure

  • The application should consist of the following:
    • a proposal of 2-3 pages addressed to the Anne Scott Award Committee
    • current curriculum vitae or resume
    • completed application form
  • The proposal should include:
    • description of the student's overall project or the specific resource materials for study
    • the reasons undertaking the project
    • the status of work already in process
    • a budget for requested funds
    • an explanation of other funds available to the student
  • Applications should be submitted to Craig Kolman at

The Scott Award is administered by the Duke History Department and the Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies Department. A faculty committee from the two departments will select the winners of the award. Applicants will be notified by mail the week of April 15, 2024. Winners will report on the use of these funds and their work by September 1, 2024.


Undergraduate Research Support Office

The Duke University Undergraduate Research Support Office offers direct support and also lists opportunities available throughout Trinity College departments and programs.