New England Regional Fellowship Consortium

New England Regional Fellowship Consortium

***Fellowship Program Temporarily Suspended***

We regret to inform you that after careful deliberation on the part of the participating institutions, the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium will not be able to accept fellowship applications for the upcoming cycle. We opened our application portal to you in hopes that as the spring unfolded we could confidently offer you funding to access the collections of our many repositories. However, the ongoing closures of participating institutions will make it extremely difficult to welcome NERFC fellows to multiple institutions around New England in the coming year. Additionally, ongoing closures limit our capacity to provide reproductions.

We remain committed to supporting our current research fellows for whom research has been interrupted and delayed over the past year. Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns ( Also, feel free to contact individual participants to see about their fellowship programs.


THE NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL FELLOWSHIP CONSORTIUM, a collaboration of 30 major cultural agencies, offers at least least two dozen awards each application cycle (note the 2021-2022 cycle is suspended due to the pandemic). 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.


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.