Massachusetts Historical Society Long-Term Fellowships 2019
The Massachusetts Historical Society now offers more assistance than ever before to scholars who need to use its library and archival collections. The research projects that the MHS supports through its fellowship programs produce cutting-edge historical scholarship. In addition, the MHS facilitates the visits of scholars in residence at the MHS through the support of other funding agencies.
During their residence, MHS Research Fellows become part of a scholarly community that includes other current fellows, MHS staff, Boston-area scholars, and former fellows. They participate in "brown-bag" lunchtime programs, present their own research, attend seminars, and join MHS staff and other fellows for collegial lunches every Thursday at a neighborhood eatery.
The Four Fellowship Programs
Each year, in addition to more than two dozen short-term fellowships, the Society helps to provide about the same number of New England Regional Fellowship Consortium grants for projects that draw on the resources of 26 participating research and cultural institutions. Thanks to the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, an independent agency of the U.S. government, there will be at least two long-term MHS-NEH fellowships.
The Massachusetts Historical Society will award at least two long-term MHS-NEH fellowships for the academic year 2019-2020. The stipend, governed by an NEH formula, is $4,200 per month in 2018 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.
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.
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 2019.
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