New England Regional Fellowship Consortium

New England Regional Fellowship Consortium

Important information for 2021-2022 Fellowship Cycle:

As a result of ongoing public health concerns, the terms of NERFC fellowships during the 2021-2022 cycle are subject to change and may have temporary restrictions. We strongly encourage all applicants to carefully review their application questions well in advance of the deadline and to reach out to each institution they plan to visit.

The NERFC 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. Please note that our application has evolved to include additional questions about your ability to complete remote research.  Applicants must be more specific than ever about their proposed research and how they plan to execute their work if funded. Note that preference will still be given to the strongest applications. The additional information collected will help determine the terms each award during these unusual times. **Not every NERFC institution will have the capacity to produce high-volume reproductions. It is imperative that applicants communicate with their proposed site to determine available research options. Applicants may submit general inquiries to Katy Morris ( with any additional questions or concerns.


THE NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL FELLOWSHIP CONSORTIUM, a collaboration of 30 major cultural agencies, expects offer at least two dozen awards in 2021–2022. Each grant will provide a stipend of $5,000 for a minimum of eight weeks of research at participating institutions. Awards are open to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who hold the necessary U.S. government documents. Grants are designed to encourage projects that draw on the resources of several agencies.

NERFC grants support work in a broad array of fields, including but not limited to: history, literature, art history, African American studies, American studies, women’s and gender studies, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, religious studies, environmental studies, oceanography, and the histories of law, medicine, and technology. Member institutions hold collections that offer a historical perspective on topics in all of these fields and more. For information on each member's resources, see its listing in “Participants” and contact the institution.

Each NERFC itinerary must:

  • be a minimum of eight weeks
  • include at least three different member institutions, and
  • include at least two weeks at each of these institutions.

NERFC expects fellows to visit all the repositories they list in their proposals for the length of time they specify. The Consortium’s policy is to ensure that each member with collections hosts fellows every year. An applicant’s proposed itinerary may be a factor in the decision whether to award a fellowship. In keeping with NERFC’s regional interests, the Consortium may also favor applications that draw on institutions from more than one metropolitan area. Grants in the upcoming cycle are for the year July 1, 2021–May 31, 2022.


The majority of the Boston Public Library’s Special Collections departments are unable to host researchers until 2021 due to a major building renovation, which includes the special collections reading room. Fellowship applicants are still welcome at the Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library. Applicants for 2020–2021 planning to work at the BPL should ensure that the collections they wish to access are located at the Leventhal Map Center and not housed in other departments.

Special Awards

THE COLONIAL SOCIETY OF MASSACHUSETTS will underwrite a project on the history of New England before the American Revolution.

Application Process

Candidates must apply online. The NERFC is managed by the Massachusetts Historical Society.

About the Banner Image

“An exact mapp of New England and New York,” Cotton Mather, originally published in London in 1702, a facsimile of the map which belongs in Mather’s Magnalia Booke I page 1, Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society.