Ruth Osborn Research Fellowship

This fellowship opportunity was created and funded by the Washington Forum in memory of Ruth Osborn. Funds are designated to support multiple research and/or creative fellowships in the Special Collections Research Center of the GW Libraries with the goal of fostering academic inquiry that draws (fully or in part) from the Ruth Helm Osborn papers. Research fellows are not required to be affiliated with GW or any institution. We invite applicants from all disciplines, backgrounds, and all levels of education and research experience. GW students may conduct their research as an independent study for credit with permission and involvement from their faculty advisor.


Examples of areas supported by the Ruth Osborn Papers include:

  • Women in higher education

  • History of higher education

  • Curriculum development and history

  • Educational history

  • Issues related to race, class, and gender in women's education and/or higher education 

  • GW History; specifically the history of the Continuing Education for Women Program and the Women's Studies program at GW

Period of Study

Projects can begin as soon as May 2020 and run through August 2021.


Awards of up to $1,250 will be offered. Awards will be distributed equally into two payments, at the start and completion of the fellowship. Amounts awarded are based on the scope of the research project outlined in the project proposal. Funds can be used to support housing, travel, research-related materials, and/or related financial obligations to allow researchers to dedicate time to their projects.


For full consideration, applicants must complete this Google form.

  • This form will ask for the following details:

    • Name and e-mail address
    • Project proposal and research plan;
      • Introduce yourself and your project
      • How this fellowship supports your research
      • Current status of your project
    • Statement on how your project will benefit from the Ruth Helm Osborn Papers and specific parts of collection that you are interested in
    • Description of how you will use the funds awarded
    • Description of relevant education, research and work experience
    • The name and contact information for one reference who will be contacted directly by Special Collections staff for their recommendation. 


For full consideration, applicants must submit the following by April 17, 2020.

Applicants must apply through GW Libraries here


Class Year

  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Recent Graduate
  • Post-baccalaureate
  • Graduate
  • Doctorate


  • Arts
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • International Affairs
  • Public Affairs/Government
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM
  • Multiple


  • English


  • Summer
  • Yearlong
  • Other

Program Type

  • Research


  • DC

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