Research Fellowships and Programs

As a nationally-recognized center for historical research, the Massachusetts Historical Society fosters a strong sense of community and actively supports scholarship on the history of Massachusetts and the nation.

The Range of Our Activities

The breadth and depth of the MHS collections are an inspiration to researchers, and this is reflected in scholarly programs. Some programs reach beyond the familiar strengths of our collections to build on holdings in 20th century political or environmental history, for example. Other programs help us to develop a deeper understanding of Massachusetts or national history by representing topics beyond the scope of our repository.

Our Relationship with the Profession

MHS staff and colleagues at local universities work together to develop a wide range of MHS programs. Faculty members from Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern University, and many other academic institutions serve on program committees and actively participate in seminars and conferences.

What We Offer

All of our programs are designed to meet the needs of scholars at every level of their career, from graduate students to new faculty and tenured professors, as well as public historians and independent researchers. These programs include:

Fellowships to support research visits to the MHS library and collaborating institutions

Seminars and brown-bag lunches where scholars can present their research, network, and learn what others are doing

Conferences where they can explore topics in-depth

A Research Fellows Alumni Network through which fellowship recipients can maintain an ongoing relationship with the MHS

The Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize to recognize excellence in historical scholarship on Massachusetts.

Every year, hundreds of scholars from throughout the country take part in these and other programs, including the annual Graduate Student Reception in September. We invite you to take advantage of the services that we have developed to meet your specific needs.

Upcoming Events

Brown Bag

Re-categorizing Americans: Difference, Distinction, and Belonging in the Dillingham Commission (1907 ...

22Aug 12:00PM 2018

This talk traces how the federal government surveyed immigrants in the early-20th century and how such attempts helped solidify the racial boundary-making for the nation ...

canceled Teacher Workshop

Education: Equality and Access

23Aug 9:00AM 2018
Registration fee: $35 per person

 This workshop has been POSTPONED.  Further information will be posted here when it is rescheduled. This program will investigate the history of education ...

Brown Bag

"A Brazen Wall to Keep the Scriptures Certainty": European Biblical Scholarship in Early America

24Aug 12:00PM 2018

During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, European scholars made significant advances in the historical and critical study of the Bible, often with highly ...

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