Opportunities for Historians


Archie K. Davis Fellowships

DEADLINE: March 1, 2020

The North Caroliniana Society offers on a competitive basis Archie K. Davis Fellowships to assist scholars in gaining access to resources contributing to knowledge of the North Carolina’s past. Beginning in 2020, the four or five awards will be in the $4,000–$5,000 range to cover travel and subsistence expenses while fellows conduct research in North Carolina. In evaluating proposals, the Society considers the qualifications of applicants; individual need; quantity, quality, and location of sources; length of research stay; plans for publication or other “product”; and, especially, potential of subject to advance among citizens of the state knowledge and understanding of their own history and culture.

Deadline: March 1, 2020

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Posted: December 5, 2019
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Research Fellowships at the Massachusetts Historical Society

DEADLINE: March 1, 2020

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 fellowships@masshist.org.

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
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Tsongas Industrial History Center Workshop: “Labor and Landscape: Lowell as Nineteenth Century Crucible”

DEADLINE: March 1, 2020

Attention K-12 teachers, administrators, and librarians: Apply now for the Tsongas Industrial History Center’s Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Our workshop, “Labor and Landscape: Lowell as Nineteenth Century Crucible,” is June 21-26, 2020 and July 12-17, 2020 (choose one week).
Come to the “mill city” of Lowell, Massachusetts, to study Lowell's industrial history as an environmental “crucible” where various elements came together and transformations resulted. We use the resources of Lowell National Historical Park, the city of Lowell, and other cultural/historical sites (specifically, Old Sturbridge Village and Walden Pond) to consider nineteenth-century textile manufacturing as a moment when multiple ways of using nature collided.
Location: Tsongas Industrial History Center, Lowell, Massachusetts

Stipend: $1,200

Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

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Posted: February 20, 2020
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Short-Term Research Fellowship: Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South and the University of Alabama Libraries

DEADLINE: April 1, 2020

To support the study of southern history and promote the use of the manuscript collections housed at the University of Alabama, the Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South and the University of Alabama Libraries will offer a total of eight research fellowships in the amount of $500 each for the 2020–2021 academic year. Eligible researchers will have projects that entail work to be conducted in southern history or southern studies at the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, the A.S. Williams III Americana Collection, or any other University of Alabama collections. 

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2020. Decisions regarding the awards will be made no later than May 1, 2020, and research may be conducted anytime between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021. Both academic and non-academic researchers at any stage of their careers are encouraged to apply. Because fellowships are designed primarily to help defray travel and lodging expenses, however, eligibility is restricted to researchers living outside the Tuscaloosa area.

Completed applications will consist of electronic copies of the following materials:

  • Current CV
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A description of the research project, no longer than one single-spaced page, which includes a description of the particular resources to be used during the term of the fellowship.

All application materials and questions about the fellowship should be directed to Prof. John Giggie at the contact information provided below.

Contact Info:
Prof. John M. Giggie, Director
Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South
Department of History
University of Alabama
Box 870212
202 ten Hoor Hall
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Tel: 205-348-1859
Contact Email: jmgiggie@ua.edu

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Posted: February 20, 2020
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