Short-term Research Fellowships
Important information for 2023-2024 Fellowship Cycle
The MHS will accept fellowship applications for the 2023-2024 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-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 Research Coordinator, Cassie Cloutier (email@example.com), with any additional questions or concerns.
The MHS will offer more than 15 short-term research fellowships in 2023. Most grants will provide a stipend of $3,000 for four weeks of research at the Society sometime between 1 July 2023, and 30 June 2024. 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
African American Studies Fellowship
This award will support research at the Massachusetts Historical Society in African American History.
Andrew Oliver Research Fellowship
This fellowship will support research in the Society's collections of portraits, engravings, silhouettes, and other graphic materials.
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.
Benjamin F. Stevens Fellowship
This award supports research on any aspect of the history of New England.
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.
Kenneth and Carol Hills Fellowship in Colonial History
This fellowship supports research in the colonial period with preference given to digital history topics.
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.
Malcolm and Mildred Freiberg Fellowship
This award supports research relating to reading and publishing.
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.
Marc Friedlaender Fellowship
Documentary editing projects and research on the Adams family receive priority for this award.
Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati Fellowship
The grant supports research projects pertaining to the era of the American Revolution.
Military Historical Society of Massachusetts Fellowship
The grant supports the study of military history in any form.
Ruth R. & Alyson R. Miller Fellowships
These awards are to encourage research in women's history.
Society of Colonial Wars 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.
How to Apply for a Short-term Fellowship
Applicants must submit the below materials through our application portal.
- 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
c) an indication of the specific MHS collections the applicant
wishes to consult.
- A short project description approximately 100 words in length.
- Applicants who do NOT hold a Ph.D.: One letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with your work and with the project being proposed. 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.
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 2023.