Massachusetts Historical Society

Short-term Research Fellowships

Important information for 2024-2025 Fellowship Cycle

Deadline Extended for New Fellowship: The Massachusetts Historical Society announces a new short-term (6-week) fellowship for the 2024 selection season. Sponsored by the Algonquin Club Foundation, the fellowship carries a stipend of $5,000. The deadline has been extended to 21 May 2024. You can find more information about this fellowship here. Apply here with your application materials.

The MHS will accept fellowship applications for the 2024-2025 cycle. 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-19. 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 will help determine the terms each award during these unusual times.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Assistant Director of Research, Cassie Cloutier (, with any additional questions or concerns.


The MHS will offer more than 20 short-term research fellowships in 2024. Most grants will provide a stipend of $3,000 for four weeks of research at the Society sometime between 1 July 2024, and 30 June 2025. Short-term awards are open to independent scholars, advanced graduate students, and holders of the Ph.D. or the equivalent. 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 or F-1 visa (or equivalent documents) AND a U.S. taxpayer identification number. The MHS cannot sponsor visas for researchers. Foreign nationals must consult with MHS staff about their eligibility to receive a stipend before submitting an application.

Fellowships to Be Awarded in the Next Cycle

Abigail Bowen Wright Fellowship
The Abigail Bowen Wright Fellowship supports projects pertaining to the long twentieth century.

African American Studies Fellowship
This award will support research at the Massachusetts Historical Society in African American History.
Past recipients

Andrew Oliver Research Fellowship
This fellowship will support research in the Society's collections of portraits, engravings, silhouettes, and other graphic materials.
Past recipients

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships
The Society will appoint approximately nine Mellon fellows. Any project for which the Society's collections are appropriate is eligible for consideration.
Past recipients

Benjamin F. Stevens Fellowship
This award supports research on any aspect of the history of New England.
Past recipients

C. Conrad & Elizabeth H. Wright Fellowship
The C. Conrad and Elizabeth H. Wright Fellowship supports research in the Society's holdings on any aspect of American religious history.
Past recipients

Elizabeth Woodman Wright Fellowship
The Elizabeth Woodman Wright Fellowship supports projects on any aspect of the relationship between Massachusetts and the rest of the world.

Fellowship to support the study of social and cultural club life in Boston
Supported by the Algonquin Club Foundation

Kenneth and Carol Hills Fellowship in Colonial History
This fellowship supports research in the colonial period with preference given to digital history topics.
Past recipients

Louis Leonard Tucker Alumni Fellowships
Due to the generosity of past fellowship recipients, the Society will appoint at least one Alumni Fellow. Any project for which the Society's collections are appropriate is eligible for consideration.
Past recipients

Malcolm and Mildred Freiberg Fellowship
This award supports research relating to reading and publishing.
Past recipients

Mary B. Wright Environmental History Fellowship
The grant supports research in the Society’s holdings on all aspects of its subject broadly defined, including, but not limited to, the history of agriculture, climate and society, the environment and the economy, environmental activism, environmental education, environmental literature, outdoor recreation, public health, and public policy.
Past recipients

Marc Friedlaender Fellowship
Documentary editing projects and research on the Adams family receive priority for this award.
Past recipients

Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati Fellowship
The grant supports research projects pertaining to the era of the American Revolution.
Past recipients

Military Historical Society of Massachusetts Fellowship
The grant supports the study of military history in any form.
Past recipients

Ruth R. & Alyson R. Miller Fellowships
These awards are to encourage research in women's history.
Past recipients

Society of Colonial Wars / Samuel Victor Constant Fellowship
This fellowship supports research in any topic in the Colonial Period, with a preference for military topics.

W.B.H. Dowse Fellowships
The Society's W.B.H. Dowse Fund will provide support for two scholars studying the history of colonial New England.
Past recipients

How to Apply for a Short-term Fellowship

Application Requirements

Apply here with the below materials.

Please submit only one application; applicants will automatically be considered for all short-term fellowships for which they are eligible.


Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on 1 March 2024.


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

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