The Massachusetts Historical Society offers 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.
- 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.
- 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/Black 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.
- 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
- 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.