New England Regional Fellowship Consortium

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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. 

How to Apply for a Consortium Fellowship

Candidates should apply online and may contact Katy Morris at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 617-646-0577,, with application questions. For the next fellowship cycle, the submission deadline is April 1, 2021.

NERFC strongly encourages applicants to discuss their projects with the staffs of the repositories they plan to visit before submitting their proposals; online catalogs, while useful, cannot replace talking to a knowledgeable curator. Candidates will be notified of the outcome of the competition approximately eight weeks after the application deadline.


  • A cover letter.
  • A current, short curriculum vitae, (no more than 3 pages).
  • A project proposal approximately 1,000 words in length. 
         The proposal should include:
         a) a description of the project; 
         b) a statement explaining the historiographical significance of 
         the project; 
         c) an indication of the specific collections at each institution the applicant
         wishes to consult.
  • A short project description approximately 100 words in length.
  • A short schedule of the institutions to be visited along with the collections to be studied at each. NOTE: PROPOSALS THAT ARE VAGUE ABOUT MATERIALS TO BE USED ARE RARELY FUNDED.
  • Each 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. The remaining weeks may be completed at any of these institution or additional sites.
  • Applicants who have not completed their professional training, ordinarily including an earned doctorate, must provide one letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with the project. Please note that the letter is due at the application deadline. You may initiate your recommendation request through our application portal at any time - you do not need to wait until your application is complete.
  • Applicants who do not reside in the U.S. must indicate their citizenship. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or already hold the J-1 visa or equivalent documents that will allow them to accept the stipend. Foreign nationals must consult with MHS staff about eligibility to receive a stipend before submitting an application.

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Applications must be submitted by April 1, 2021. 

Please direct questions to, (617) 646-0577.