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

DEADLINE: late March

Under the leadership of Dara DeHaven (T’73, G’74, L’80), numerous former students and friends joined together to create an endowment honoring one of Duke’s most committed teachers and renowned scholars. Dr. Scott is 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. The award created in Dr. Scott’s honor helps students engage 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 undergraduates who plan to take the History Senior Honors Seminar and graduate students working on seminar projects or dissertations on any aspect of women’s history. The award may be used for travel, living expenses and direct costs incurred in collecting and analyzing information. Winners will be asked to report on the use of these funds and their work. Undergraduate and graduate student projects will be evaluated separately. 

Students should have a well-defined research project that they wish to pursue on their own are encouraged to apply for this award to conduct independent research. Students seeking to work in close collaboration with a faculty mentor are particularly encouraged to apply for this award and to work with a faculty member in a faculty-initiated project for the year while making their own distinct contribution to the overall research endeavor.


The application consists a completed application form and three copies of the following:

  1. PROPOSAL – A proposal of 2-3 pages addressed to the Anne Scott Award Committee. The proposal should describe the student's overall project or the specific resource materials for study, as well as the reasons for undertaking the project; the status of work already in process; a budget for requested funds; and an explanation of other funds available to the student.
  2. REFERENCE LETTER – Applicants should provide a detailed letter from a faculty member as a reference, or it pursuing a faculty-student project, a letter from the faculty mentor that describes the overall research project of which the student's work will be a part, as well as an assessment of the student's abilities to contribute to the project.
  3. RESUME/CV – A copy of a current resume or curriculum vitae.

Submit the completed application packet to: Robin Pridgen, History Department, Box 90719, 221 Classroom Building, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708.


Undergraduate Research Support Office

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