New England Regional Fellowship Consortium

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***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.

How to Apply for a Consortium Fellowship

The fellowship program is temporarily suspended due to the pandemic. Below you will find instructions for applying in future years.  

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.

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