Harriet and Edward Elukin Essay Prize

The Harriet and Edward Elukin Essay Prize is awarded annually to the best undergraduate essay or thesis that relies upon research in primary sources from the Watkinson Library. The prize honors the memories of Harriet and Edward Elukin. Books filled their home and their lives. They were both avid readers of literature and history and were enthusiastic supporters of the Watkinson Library.


Hyam Plutzik Creative Writing Residency

The Family of Hyam Plutzik (Trinity ’32) is proud to offer an annual residency in South Beach in the Betsy Writers Room to a graduating senior or first year graduate student, with outstanding talent in the literary arts. The award will be given in May, as part of the graduation program. This residency comes with a $500 travel stipend, six days lodging, and a per-diem of $50.


Webster Book Prize

The Webster prize was endowed by Jerome P. Webster (Class of 1910) in the late 1950s, and is one of the oldest collegiate book collecting prizes in the country. The winner of this prize will receive $500 and is automatically eligible to enter the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest, in which contestants can win up to $2,500, and the sponsoring library up to $1,000.


Watkinson Library/Center for Caribbean Studies/History Department Student Fellowship at Trinity’s Watkinson Library

Explore an exciting opportunity at the Watkinson Special Collections Library right here at Trinity! We seek intellectually passionate Trinity students to help us find new ways to explore the Watkinson Library’s holdings on Caribbean and Latin American collections. The first stage of this fellowship will involve organizing and promoting the materials that we currently have available. Second, students will develop creative projects that help to tell the stories that emerge from the breadth of primary and secondary resources in the Watkinson Library, including maps, drawings, rare books, archival collections, and more.


Ostrom Enders Ornithology Research Travel Grant

One or more research grants of up to $5,000 are awarded annually to individual(s) whose research with The Watkinson Library’s ornithology holdings will lead to a book, article, dissertation, online exhibit or other substantive product. The recipient will make a presentation about his/her research at Trinity College.


Watkinson Creative Fellowships

Are you an artist? A computer whiz? Do you play or compose music? Can you shoot and edit videos? Do you paint, sculpt, or work in metal or glass? Weave baskets? Are you a writer, or a poet? Can you design a website, or maintain a blog? Are you a photographer? An actor? A calligrapher? An engineer? An entrepreneur? An athlete?


Whatever your passion or talent, we invite you to explore it through a Fellowship at the Watkinson Library. The vision for this program is to create support for self-directed students to explore the collections in the Watkinson, encounter an item or a group of items that spark inspiration, and engage with that material to produce something new.


Jeffrey Kaimowitz Special Collections and Archives Librarian in Residence

As the Jeffrey Kaimowitz Librarian in Residence, you will have the opportunity to experience all facets of special collections and archives librarianship. You will be able to engage with the Watkinson Library’s dynamic and diverse collections and work closely with librarians in the areas of collection development, outreach, and research. Your experience during this residency will culminate in a personal project that will make a direct impact on the Watkinson Library, the Hartford community, and the discipline of librarianship.


Watkinson Library Institute

Are you interested in incorporating special collections and archival materials into your courses but unsure how to do that? Or are you already doing this but want to enrich and deepen the experience for you and your students?


Consider applying to the Watkinson Library Institute. In this two-and-a-half-day teaching workshop, we will explore strategies for successfully integrating special collections and archival materials into classroom settings.