Center for the Teaching of History

Fellowships

The Center for the Teaching of History is proud to offer three fellowships for K-12 teachers and high school students to explore the Massachusetts Historical Society's archives.  These fellowships are available to all K-12 educators and high school students around the country.  Explore details of each fellowship and apply below!

Swensrud Teacher Fellowship

Each summer, the Swensrud Teacher Fellowship program offers educators the opportunity to research and create educational materials using documents and artifacts from the collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS).  We are seeking applications that identify an area of need in your curriculum and propose ideas for developing primary source lesson materials that address that need.

The MHS will offer three Swensrud fellowships during the summer of 2022.  The fellowships carry a stipend of $4,000 for four weeks of research and for the creation of two or more document sets (see details below).  Applications are welcome from any K-12 teacher or library media specialist who who wishes to use the collections at the MHS to prepare primary-source resource sets in the fields of American history, world history, or English language arts.  

Due to Covid-19 concerns, onsite research opportunities may be limited.  Fellows will have the option to work entirely remotely using digitized materials if they prefer, though there should hopefully be opportunities for on-site research as well if they so choose. Prospective applicants are encouraged to browse the Society's online resources to get a sense of MHS collections that might support your research. 

After completing the 20 days of research, Swensrud fellows will be asked to produce 2 or more document sets and associated materials for other educators to use.  These document sets should include at least 15 documents or artifacts in total across all of your sets. Each document set should include the following:

  • A short overview of the topic and its significance (3-4 paragraphs)
  • List of applicable standards from MA History and Social Studies or ELA/Literacy framework
  • Several essential questions that relate to the document set
  • Document list (i.e. list of items with links to citation) of at least 3 documents, document excerpts, or artifacts.  Each item should have the following: 
    • A one-paragraph description of each item's significance/educational value
    • An image or photograph of each item, or links to images on our website
    • A transcript of any written excerpts for use in the classroom
  • 2-3 sample classroom activities based on the document set

Research must be completed and document sets submitted by January 15th, 2023.  The resources developed by Swensrud fellows will be made available through our website for other educators to use.

Swensrud Fellowship Application Process

 

Swensrud Fellowship applications should be submitted via our online application form by midnight on March 10, 2022. Applicants should provide the following materials:

  • A current resume
  • A letter of intent (no longer than two pages, single spaced) that identifies an area of need in your curriculum and ideas for developing primary source lesson materials that address that need.
  • 3-5 MHS collections, exhibits, or specific items from the MHS archives that you are interested in exploring as part of your research. We recommend exploring our website, our collection guides, and particularly our online collections.
  • For questions about accessibility and availability of collections related to your topic, prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Library Reader Services via email or virtual chat. For questions about your proposal and research questions, please email MHS Education Staff.
  • A letter of support from your school principal or department head
  • A sample lesson plan or classroom activity that you have developed.  It may be on any topic and does not have to be the same as the subject of your application.

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 of the proposed research in other classrooms; 5) recommendations; 6) the sample classroom materials.

Please direct questions to the Center for the Teaching of History at education@masshist.org

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 a topic of their choice. Kass Fellowships are designed to offer K-12 teachers the opportunity to focus on historical research that will fill a knowledge gap or address a need in their curriculum.  This fellowship will carry a stipend of $2,000 for four weeks of research with MHS collections, and teachers will complete a 3-page report on their findings at the end of the fellowship.

The MHS will offer one Kass Fellowship during the summer of 2022.  Applications are welcome from any K-12 teacher or library media specialist who wishes to use the collections at the MHS to explore a topic in the fields of American history, world history, or English language arts.  

Due to Covid-19 concerns, onsite research opportunities may be limited.  Fellows will have the option to work entirely remotely using digitized materials if they prefer, though there should hopefully be opportunities for on-site research as well if they so choose. Prospective applicants are encouraged to browse the Society's online resources to get a sense of MHS collections that might support your research. 

After completing the 20 days of research, Kass fellows will be asked to produce a report of approximately 3 pages or 1,500 words on their research process and findings.  They will also be asked to submit a list of highlights among the sources they used during their research.  The resources developed by Kass fellows will be made available through our website and MHS blog for other educators to use.  Research must be completed and the report submitted by January 15th, 2023. 

Kass Fellowship Application Process

 

Kass Fellowship applications should be submitted via our online application form by midnight on March 10, 2022. Applicants should provide the following materials:

  • A current resume
  • A letter of intent (no longer than two pages, single spaced) that identifies a content knowledge gap or address an area of need in your curriculum that you hope to address through your research
  • 3-5 MHS collections, exhibits, or specific items from the MHS archives that you are interested in exploring as part of your research. We recommend exploring our website, our collection guides, and particularly our online collections.
  • For questions about collections materials related to your topic, prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Library Reader Services via email or virtual chat. For questions about your proposal and research questions, please email MHS Education Staff.
  • A letter of support from your 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 of the proposed research in other classrooms; 5) recommendations letters.

Please direct questions to the Center for the Teaching of History at education@masshist.org.

John Winthrop Student Fellowship

This award encourages high school students to make use of the documents and artifacts of the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) in a research project of their choice and with the support of a teacher mentor.

The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) will offer one John Winthrop Student Fellowship to an individual student or a group of up to five students and their teacher advisor during the spring of 2022.  John Winthrop Student Fellow(s) and their teacher will each receive a $350 stipend to complete their project using materials from the MHS archival collections.

Due to Covid-19 concerns, onsite research opportunities may be limited.  Fellows will have the option to work entirely remotely using digitized materials if they prefer, though there should hopefully be opportunities for on-site research as well if they so choose. Prospective applicants are encouraged to browse the Society's online resources to get a sense of MHS collections that might support your research. 

After receiving the fellowship, student fellows must complete their project to their teacher-advisor’s satisfaction and write a blog entry about their experiences for the MHS website.  This report is due on July 1st, 2022.  The teacher-advisor will notify the MHS when they are satisfied with the fellow's work.

John Winthrop Student Fellowship Application Process

 

Students should 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, or other)  This can be a project already assigned in class, or an independent project you wish to work on.

Fellowship applications should be submitted via our online application form by midnight on March 10, 2022.  The application should include the following:

  • a proposal of no more than 500 words that explores the following:
    • What is your topic and why are you interested in it? What questions do you have about your topic that you want to investigate?
    • What kind of project are you planning to do? (Examples: An essay, a podcast, an exhibit or poster board, a website, etc.)
  • 3-5 MHS collections, exhibits, or specific items from the MHS archives that you are interested in exploring as part of your research. We recommend exploring our website, our collection guides, and particularly our online collections.
  • For questions about accessibility and availability of collections related to your topic, prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Library Reader Services via email or virtual chat. For questions about your proposal and research questions, please email MHS Education Staff.
  • A recommendation letter from your teacher-advisor for the fellowship project

If you have any questions, please email the Center for the Teaching of History at education@masshist.org.

Our 2021 Fellowship Recipients!

We are proud to announce our 2021 Teacher and Student Fellowship Winners:

Swensrud Teacher Fellowship:

Suzanne Krupienski, The Fessenen School, Newton MA

Brett Klein, Everett High School, Everett MA

Stephanie Gallagher, Waltham High School, Waltham MA

Kass Teacher Fellowship:

Patrick McGravey, North Andover Middle School, North Andover MA

John Winthrop Student Fellowship:

Grecia, Fenway High School, Boston MA

Sterling, Concord Academy, Concord MA

Laasya, Lexington High School, Lexington MA

Congratulations to our 2021Teacher and Student fellows, and we look forward to learning from your research at the MHS this year!