In an effort to make funding available to scholars during these challenging times, the Massachusetts Historical Society still plans to offer more than forty short-term research fellowships for the academic year 2021-2022. However, as a result of ongoing public health concerns, the MHS is cautioning all applicants that the terms of research fellowships during the 2021-2022 cycle are subject to change. The MHS reserves the right to offer entirely remote fellowships, to offer deferred fellowships, to restrict research visits to appointment schedules or certain months, or any other such restrictions as are necessary during, and in the wake of Covid. We strongly encourage all applicants to carefully review the application questions well in advance of deadlines and to reach out with any questions or concerns. Please also refer to our website for the latest information. Learn more.
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 Programs, present their own research, and attend seminars, including virtual gatherings and presentations.
Mark your calendar with the deadlines below, and note the new deadline of 1 April 2021 for New England Regional Fellowship applicants.
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Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship
Deadline: February 15, 2021
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. Learn more.
MHS Short-Term Fellowships
Deadline March 1, 2021
Most 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! Learn more.
New England Regional Fellowship Consortium
NEW Deadline: April 1, 2021
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-one cultural institutions hope to offer as many as twenty fellowships in 2021-2022. During the ongoing health crisis, the particular offerings of each institution may vary. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their proposed research sites and to monitor the NERFC website for important updates. Learn more.