Research Fellowships at the Massachusetts Historical Society

The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) will offer more than forty research fellowships for the academic year 2020–2021, ranging from short-term support to long-term residency. The MHS collections primarily consist of manuscripts, as well as books, pamphlets, maps, newspapers, graphics, photographs, works of art, and historical artifacts.

In addition to receiving funding, MHS Research Fellows become part of a scholarly community that includes other current fellows, MHS staff, Boston-area scholars, and former fellows. They may participate in our Brown Bag Lunch Series, present their own research, attend seminars, and join MHS staff and other fellows for weekly collegial lunches.

Questions? See our FAQ or e-mail

MHS-NEH Long-Term Fellowships:
Deadline: January 15, 2020

The Society will offer at least two MHS-NEH Long-Term Fellowships. The stipend, governed by an NEH formula, is $5,000 per month (plus an additional stipend for housing and professional expenses) for a minimum of four months and a maximum of twelve months’ continuous tenure. These fellowships are for scholars conducting research in the Society’s collections who have completed the terminal degree in their field (typically a Ph.D.) by the application deadline.

New England Regional Fellowship Consortium:
Deadline: February 1, 2020

The Society also participates in the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium. These grants provide a stipend of $5,000 for a minimum of eight weeks of research conducted at three or more participating institutions. Thirty cultural institutions will offer a minimum of twenty fellowships in 2020-2021. 

Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship:
Deadline: February 15, 2020

For those studying the U.S. Civil War, the Boston Athenaeum and the MHS will offer one Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship on the Civil War, its origins, and consequences. Fellows spend at least four weeks at each institution. This fellowship carries a stipend of $4,000. 

MHS Short-Term Fellowships:
Deadline March 1, 2020

MHS Short-Term Fellowships carry a stipend of $2,000 to support a minimum of four weeks of research in the Society’s collections. One application automatically puts you into consideration for any applicable short-term fellowships. Graduate students, faculty, and independent researchers are welcome to apply. We will offer more than twenty short-term fellowships in the coming year! 

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Posted: December 10, 2019
Tagged: Fellowships