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Fellowships

Important information for 2022-2023 Fellowship Cycle

The MHS will accept fellowship applications for the 2022-2023 cycle. However, please note that the terms of awarded short-term fellowships may have temporary restrictions. The MHS reserves the right to offer entirely remote fellowships, to restrict research visits to appointment schedules or certain months, or any other such restrictions as are necessary during, and in the wake of Covid. We strongly encourage all short-term fellowship applicants to carefully review their application questions well in advance of the deadline and to reach out with any questions or concerns. Note that preference will still be given to the strongest applications. The additional information collected in the application regarding your ability to complete your project remotely or in person will help determine the terms each award during these unusual times. 

NERFC awards will be granted as usual. 

Applicants for NEH-MHS Long-term Fellowships are encouraged to reach out to the Director of Research, Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai (kwongsrichanalai@masshist.org) to discuss the impact of Covid on long-term awards. Note NEH awards will still be awarded in the 2022-2023 cycle. 

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Assistant Director of Research, Katy Morris (kmorris@masshist.org) with any additional questions or concerns. Please also refer to our FAQ.

The Four Fellowship Programs

The Massachusetts Historical Society now offers multiple awards to scholars who need to use its library and archival collections. The research projects that the MHS supports through its fellowship programs produce cutting-edge historical scholarship. In addition, the MHS facilitates the visits of scholars in residence at the MHS through the support of other funding agencies. Awards are open to all applicants, including but not limited to graduate students, senior scholars, adjunct faculty, and independent researchers (please note that long-term grants are only awarded to those already holding a PhD). 

Each year, in addition to more than two dozen short-term fellowships, the Society helps to provide about the same number of New England Regional Fellowship Consortium grants for projects that draw on the resources of 31 participating research and cultural institutions. Thanks to the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, an independent agency of the U.S. government, there will be at least two long-term MHS-NEH fellowships.

During their residence, MHS Research Fellows become part of a scholarly community that includes other current fellows, MHS staff, Boston-area scholars, and former fellows. They participate in "brown-bag" lunchtime programs, present their own research, attend seminars, and join MHS staff and other fellows for weekly coffees.

MHS Short-term Fellowships

The MHS awards over 20 short-term fellowships annually, each of which provides a stipend for four weeks of research at the Society. Several of these fellowships are for research in specific topics or collections. Most stipends are $2,000. Awards are open to advanced graduate students as well as scholars who have completed their professional training.

Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship

Each year, the MHS and the Bostonian Athenaeum offer one Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship on the Civil War, Its Origins, and Conequences, which carries a stipend of $4,000. The recipient will conduct research for at least four weeks at each institution.

New England Regional Fellowship Consortium

This collaboration of 30 major cultural agencies, including the MHS, awards approximately two dozen fellowships annually, each of which carries a stipend of $5,000. Each recipient will conduct research for a total of at least eight weeks at three or more participating institutions.

IMPORTANT: Please see the NERFC website for news regarding access to the Boston Public Library Rare Books and Manuscripts Department.

MHS-NEH Long-term Fellowships

The MHS awards at least long-term MHS-NEH fellowships annually, for a minimum of 4 months and a maximum of 12 months. The NEH stipend is $5,000 per month in 2019-2020. The MHS provides a supplement to assist with professional and housing expenses. Applicants must have completed their professional training and be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who have lived in the United States for at least three years immediately preceding the application deadline.

Publications: Our Legacy of Scholarship

Since 1985, the MHS has awarded more than 960 fellowships. These research projects have resulted in more than 470 publications, including more than 160 books!

Researchers Funded by Other Agencies

The MHS has been pleased to welcome researchers whose tenure has been underwritten by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), Fulbright Fellowship Program, and Germany's Deutscher Akademischer Austasch Dienst (DAAD).

Fellows Alumni

The MHS continues to maintain professional relationships with, and extend benefits to, former fellows. Many alumni choose to support the mission of the Society by returning to the MHS to deliver programs or serve on committees.