The Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) in Baltimore invites applications for its Lord Baltimore Research Fellowship program for the 2020/2021 academic year. MdHS offers fellowships designed to promote scholarship in Maryland history and culture through research in its H. Furlong Baldwin Library collections. Applications are welcome from independent scholars, graduate and doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, or university faculty in disciplines appropriate to MdHS’s collections.
For 2020/2021: Two fellowships will be awarded for the academic year. Applications are due March 25, 2020, and awards will be offered by the end of April 2020. The maximum term of the fellowship ranges from June 1, 2020, to May 31, 2021. Research may be broken up in shorter visits over that year. Applicants with a minimum of 10 days planned research will be considered.
Fellows will receive:
- A stipend of $500 to help defray travel expenses.
- A one-year membership to MdHS, providing access to both the museum and H. Furlong Baldwin Library, as well as to select MdHS lectures and events.
- Special library privileges, including increased access, and waived photography and photocopying fees.
- Individualized research support and encouragement to participate in the intellectual life of MdHS.
As part of the fellowship, recipients must:
- Submit a one- to two-page report with an annotated bibliography at the conclusion of the residency.
- Contribute a post about their research to MdHS's underbelly blog.
- Provide a public talk in which the fellow will discuss his/her findings and research process at MdHS.
- We also encourage fellows to consider submitting an article for possible publication to our peer-reviewed Maryland Historical Magazine.
Applications will be reviewed by a panel of internal and external reviewers, including librarians and scholars familiar with MdHS collections. Reviewers will assess the soundness of research proposals and the ways in which MdHS collections support those proposals. Preference will be given to proposals that demonstrate a strong tie between the intended research and materials in the H. Furlong Baldwin Library.
After the initial review stage, selected candidates will be asked to participate in an online interview. References will be checked and final decisions made at the end of April 2020.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications are accepted through our online application system (account creation required). Applications may be saved and returned to before submitting.
To apply, candidates should prepare:
- A short (300 words or less) abstract about the intended research project.
- A list of collections of interest in MdHS’s H. Furlong Baldwin Library that you believe will be useful to your research. Take time to search the Library catalog and finding aids, and be specific with collection names and numbers, when possible.
- A CV or resume.
- A more in-depth (between 1,500 and 2,500 words) summary of your overall research project and your planned research at MdHS. This summary should include the current status of your research project and how MdHS collections will be useful to the project.
- A writing sample between 2,000 and 4,000 words that demonstrates your writing, research, and analytical skills.
- Contact information for two individuals familiar with your scholarly work.
Additional questions about the Lord Baltimore Research Fellowship program should be addressed to Ms. Catherine Mayfield, France-Merrick Director of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library at the Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore: firstname.lastname@example.org.