Massachusetts Historical Society Fellowships
The Massachusetts Historical Society now offers more assistance than ever before to scholars who need to use its library and archival collections. The research projects that the MHS supports through its fellowship programs produce cutting-edge historical scholarship. In addition, the MHS facilitates the visits of scholars in residence at the MHS through the support of other funding agencies.
During their residence, MHS Research Fellows become part of a scholarly community that includes other current fellows, MHS staff, Boston-area scholars, and former fellows. They participate in "brown-bag" lunchtime programs, present their own research, attend seminars, and join MHS staff and other fellows for collegial lunches every Thursday at a neighborhood eatery.
The Four Fellowship Programs
Each year, in addition to more than 20 short-term fellowships, the Society helps to provide about twenty New England Regional Fellowship Consortium grants for projects that draw on the resources of 25 participating research and cultural institutions. Thanks to the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, an independent agency of the U.S. government, there will be at least two long-term MHS-NEH fellowships.
The MHS awards over 20 short-term fellowships annually, each of which provides a stipend for four weeks of research at the Society. Several of these fellowships are for research in specific topics or collections. The stipend is $2,000. Awards are open to advanced graduate students as well as scholars who have completed their professional training.
Each year, the MHS and the Bostonian Athenaeum offer one Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship on the Civil War, Its Origins, and Conequences, which carries a stipend of $4,000. The recipient will conduct research for at least four weeks at each institution.
This collaboration of 25 major cultural agencies, including the MHS, awards approximately twenty fellowships annually, each of which carries a stipend of $5,000. Each recipient will conduct research for a total of at least eight weeks at three or more participating institutions.
IMPORTANT: Please see the NERFC website for news regarding access to the Boston Public Library Rare Books and Manuscripts Department.
The MHS awards at least two long-term MHS-NEH fellowships annually, for a minimum of four months and a maximum of 12 months. The NEH stipend is $4,200 per month in 2017. The MHS provides a supplement to assist with professional and housing expenses. Applicants must have completed their professional training and be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who have lived in the United States for at least three years immediately preceding the application deadline.
Since 1985, the MHS has awarded more than 800 fellowships. These research projects have resulted in more than 330 publications, including more than 100 books!
The MHS has been pleased to welcome researchers whose tenure has been underwritten by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), Fulbright Fellowship Program, and Germany's Deutscher Akademischer Austasch Dienst (DAAD).
The MHS continues to maintain professional relationships with, and extend benefits to, former fellows. Many alumni choose to support the mission of the Society by returning to the MHS to deliver programs or serve on committees.