Fellowship Consortium Update

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Reminder: Next application deadline: February 1, 2017.

The New England Regional Fellowship Consortium (NERFC), a collaboration of twenty-two major cultural agencies, will offer at least eighteen awards in 2017-2018. Each grant will provide a stipend of $5,000 for a total of eight or more weeks of research at three or more participating institutions between June 1, 2017, and May 31, 2018. For information on the NERFC fellowship competition and to apply online, visit www.nerfc.org. Questions? Email fellowships@masshist.org.

Participants include:  Baker Library, Harvard Business School; Boston Athenaeum; Boston Public Library; Colonial Society of Massachusetts; Congregational Library and Archives; Connecticut Historical Society; Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Harvard Law School Special Collections; Harvard University Archives; Historic Deerfield; Houghton Library, Harvard University; John Hay Library, Brown University; Maine Historical Society; Massachusetts Historical Society; Mystic Seaport; New England Historic Genealogical Society; New Hampshire Historical Society; Rauner Special Collections Library, Dartmouth College; Rhode Island Historical Society; Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College; and Vermont Historical Society.

IMPORTANT NOTE: On January 17, we learned that the Boston Public Library’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Department (http://www.bpl.org/research/rb/) will be closed to researchers beginning in February while the department undergoes an inventory of its entire collection. Since an end date for the inventory has not been determined, fellowship applicants for 2017-2018 should not plan to access the department in this fellowship year. Other BPL departments, including Prints and Photographs, Fine Arts, Music, and the map collection remain accessible, and the NERFC fellowship supports work in these.

If you have prepared an application that includes Rare Books and Manuscripts in your itinerary, you have several options. You may (1) replace the BPL visit with a visit to another institution; (2) replace BPL Rare Book and Manuscript research days by increasing stays at other NERFC institutions (minimum of three sites still required); (3) if you do not have time to revise your itinerary before February 1, you may plan to do so if you receive an award. Please note: The Boston Public Library is the ONLY site that may be dropped from a submitted application, and the final itinerary must adhere to all of the fellowship’s terms regarding the minimum length of the fellowship, the number of institutions that fellows must visit, and the minimum length of each visit.