Long-term Research Fellowships

The Massachusetts Historical Society will award at least two long-term MHS-NEH fellowships for the academic year 2018-2019. The stipend, governed by an NEH formula, is $4,200 per month in 2017 for a minimum of four months and a maximum of 12 months. Applicants must specify the number of months for which they are applying. Tenure must be continuous. Within the constraints of the NEH's guidelines, the Society will supplement each stipend with a housing allowance of up to $500 per month plus an allowance for professional expenses. MHS-NEH fellowships are open to U.S. citizens and to foreign nationals who have lived in the United States for at least three years immediately preceding the application deadline.

New NEH guidelines require prospective fellows to have completed their training for the terminal degree in their field (ordinarily the Ph.D.) by the application deadline. NEH-sponsored fellowships are not available to graduate students. The awards committee will pay special attention both to the quality of proposed projects and to their relationship to the Society's collections. It will give preference to candidates who have not held a long-term grant during the three years prior to the proposed fellowship term.


Past Recipients

How to Apply for a Long-term Fellowship

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit the following materials online:

A cover letter.

A current curriculum vitae.

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 MHS collections the applicant wishes to consult.

A "Certification for Participants" form (available as a link from the application).

Two letters of recommendation.

Apply online

Please note: All applicants will receive an email with instructions for submitting a letter of recommendation. The text of this email is available via a link on the main page of each individual's application.


Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on 15 January 2018.


Please direct questions to fellowships@masshist.org, (617) 646-0577. Stay informed about fellowship deadlines and follow all our other activities on Twitter @MHS_Research.

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