The Sarah Janney Research Grant

The History Department announces with great pleasure the call for proposals for Sarah Janney Research Grants. These competitive grants are intended to allow History majors to accept otherwise unfunded research projects, including honors research, in archives, museums, historical sites, and libraries while gaining valuable experience related to the major and to future career opportunities. Research funding is available to continuing, full-time Colby students who are History majors and will provide up to $3000 toward student expenses.

The Sarah Janney Research Grant is meant to support research in archives or libraries in support of honors projects, advanced history research papers, or independent research. We expect students applying for funding to have done substantial research into the secondary literature and to have contacted the archives or libraries they plan to visit. You need to have specific information about the holdings you plan to consult, gleaned from finding aids, catalogues, and communications with employees of the relevant institution(s). You also need to make sure that you will get access to the collections.

Application Questions

1. Provide a brief abstract describing the project (150 words max).
2. Research Design Proposal:
a. Describe the specific research question(s) to be examined: (150 Words Max)
b. Provide a brief literature review (consult with your faculty sponsor for examples relevant to your field) that indicates the significance of your research questions: (250 Words Max)
c. Provide a description of the holdings you plan to consult and explain their relevance for your project. (250 Words Max)

Up to $3,000