Center for the Teaching of History

Fellowships

Swensrud Teacher Fellowships

Each summer, the Swensrud Teacher Fellowship program offers educators the opportunity to create lesson plans using documents and artifacts from the collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society. The fellowships carry a stipend of $4,000 for four weeks of on-site research at the MHS.  Educators will be expected to produce a curricular unit based on their research by January 5th, 2021.  Applications are welcome from any K-12 teacher who has a serious interest in using the collections at the MHS to prepare primary-source-based curricula, supported by documents and visual aids, in the fields of American history, world history, or English/language arts.

The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) will offer three fellowships to public and/or parochial schoolteachers and library media specialists during the summer of 2020.  Applicants may propose their own topic or refine one of the suggestions below:

  • Loyalists in the Era of the American Revolution, 1764-1776
  • Founding families (Adams, Jefferson, Saltonstall, etc.)
  • Medicine in Early America
  • The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment
  • Immigration & Immigration Reform
  • Massachusetts Women in WWI and WWII
  • Civil Liberties & Human Rights in History

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to search the Society's online catalog ABIGAIL, online collection guides, and/or consult with MHS education (education@masshist.org) and library reader services staff (library@masshist.org) prior to submitting their proposals. Applicants may also view selected projects from previous years online (www.masshist.org/education) or in the library.

You can read about the Teacher Fellowship application process and fellowship schedule below.

Kass Teacher Fellowships

Each summer, the Kass Teacher Fellowship program gives educators the chance to perform 20 days of research at the Massachusetts Historical Society on the topic of their choice. The Kass fellowships are designed to offer K-12 teachers the opportunity to focus on historical research that will support their classroom efforts. This fellowship will carry a stipend of $2,000 for four weeks of on-site research at the MHS, and teachers will complete a 1-2 page report on their findings at the end of the fellowship. Applications are welcome from any K-12 teacher who has a serious interest in using the collections at the MHS to research material that will support their teaching in the fields of American history, world history, or English/language arts.

The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) will offer one fellowship to public and/or parochial schoolteachers and library media specialists during the summer of 20. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to search the Society's online catalog ABIGAIL, online collection guides, and/or consult with MHS education (education@masshist.org) and library reader services staff (library@masshist.org) prior to submitting their proposals. Applicants may also view selected projects from previous years online (www.masshist.org/education) or in the library.

You can learn more about the Teacher Fellowship application process and fellowship schedule below.

Teacher Fellowship Application Process

Kass and Swensrud Fellowship Applications should be postmarked no later February 11, 2020. Applicants should provide the following materials:

  • A current résumé.
  • A letter of intent (no longer than two pages, single spaced) outlining the topic of interest as well as the nature, scope, and goals of the proposed project.
  • A list of potential primary source materials to be used.
  • A letter of support from the school principal or department head.

The fellowship process is competitive. Awards will be made on the strength of 1) project design; 2) the plan for using MHS collections; 3) the creativity of the proposed classroom activities; 4) usability in other classrooms and 5) recommendations.

2020 Teacher Fellowship Schedule

  • We will announce recipients approximately six weeks after the deadline.
  • Fellowship recipients must spend 20 days in residence at the MHS by October 15, 2020.
  • Fellowship recipients should plan to spend at least one week (five days) in residence in July and/or August.
  • Curriculum projects must be completed by January 5, 2021.

Please direct questions to the Center for the Teaching of History at education@masshist.org or (617) 646-0588. Completed application packets should be mailed to:

Center for the Teaching of History
Massachusetts Historical Society 
1154 Boylston Street 
Boston, MA 02215

John Winthrop Student Fellowship

This award encourages high school students to make use of the nationally significant documents of the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) in a research project of their choosing. Although students are welcome to work at the MHS Reading Room in Boston, online access to hundreds of recently-digitized documents from our collections now makes it possible for students from across the country to identify, incorporate, investigate, and interpret these primary sources in their work.

The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) will offer one John Winthrop Student Fellowship one student or group of students during the spring of 2020.The Winthrop Student Fellow(s) and their teacher will each receive a $350 stipend.

Apply for a Student Fellowship

Applications should be postmarked no later than February 11, 2020.

  • Decide on a research project in consultation with a teacher-advisor at your school (a current or past History or English teacher, a member of the Library/Media staff, etc.)
  • This proposal can be from a single student or from a group of students working on the same project.

  • This can be a project already assigned in class. Primary source documents in the MHS collections must be used in this project.
  • Write a brief proposal of no more than 500 words describing the core question you will investigate, 3-5 documents from MHS collections that you intend to examine, and what evidence you hope to find in those documents. 
  • Prospective applicants are encouraged to search the Society's online catalog ABIGAIL, online collections (http://www.masshist.org/collections/online), and/or consult with MHS education (education@masshist.org) and library reader services staff (library@masshist.org) prior to submitting their proposals.

2019 Winthrop Fellowship Schedule

A panel of educators and librarians will read the proposals and select one project proposal.

  • We will announce recipient(s) approximately four weeks after the deadline.
  • Projects must be completed by June 5, 2020.
  • The teacher-advisor will notify MHS when they are satisfied with the fellow’s work.
  • The Winthrop Fellow will write a short entry for the MHS blog about their experiences using the documents, and provide helpful recommendations for other students using MHS collections no later than July 31, 2019.

Please direct questions to the Center for the Teaching of History at education@masshist.org or (617) 646-0588. Completed application packets should be emailed to education@masshist.org or mailed to:

Center for the Teaching of History
Massachusetts Historical Society 
1154 Boylston Street 
Boston, MA 02215

Our 2019 Fellowship Winners!

We are proud to announce our 2019 Teacher and Student Fellowship Winners:

Swensrud Teacher Fellowship:

Michael Fess of Catholic Memorial High School, Boston MA will be researching for curriculum exploring non-violent protest through Massachusetts history.

James Deasy of Lawrence Junior High School in Falmouth, MA will be creating curriculum exploring the Bill of Rights for the new MA civics curriculum.

Robert Fenster of Hillsborough High School in Hillsborough, NJ will be exploring the papers and policies of President John Quincy Adams.

Kass Teacher Fellowship:

Sabra Brown of Boston Latin Academy, Boston MA will be exploring the life of Mercy Otis Warren and other Revolution-era women.

Michael Ryan of Pollard Middle School, Needham MA will be researching the Loyalist experience during the Revolutionary War.

Adams Family Teacher Fellowship:

William Miskinis of Littleton High School of Littleton MA will be examining the political life of Abigail Adams and the extent and limits of female political power in the Early Republic.

John Winthrop Student Fellowship:

Ella Amouyal of the Cambridge School of Weston, MA will be researching Abigail Adams' diplomatic mission to France and England in 1784-88.

Riana Bucceri of Littleton High School of Littleton MA will be researching Puritan ideology through the context of local gravestone iconography.  

Congratulations to our 2019 Teacher and Student Fellows, and we look forward to learning from your research at the MHS this year!