New England Regional Fellowship Consortium

New England Regional Fellowship Consortium

*Announcement: NERFC will offer its full slate of research fellowships in the 2024-2025 application cycle. The deadline for applications will be February 1, 2024.


THE NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL FELLOWSHIP CONSORTIUM, a collaboration of 31 major cultural agencies, will offer at least two dozen awards in the June 1, 2024 - May 31, 2025 application cycle. 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.

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 by February 1, 2024. The NERFC is managed by the Massachusetts Historical Society.

About the Banner Image

“An exact map 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.