New England Regional Fellowship Consortium

the new england regional fellowship consortium, a collaboration of 22 major cultural agencies, will offer at least 18 awards in 2017–2018. 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.

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.

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 this cycle are for the year June 1, 2017–May 31, 2018.


CHANGE IN STATUS: Boston Public Library

On January 17, we learned that the Boston Public Library’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Department 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.

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. Online applications links will bring you to the MHS website.

Managed by the Massachusetts Historical Society