The Massachusetts Historical Society will award at least two long-term MHS-NEH fellowships for the academic year 2024-2025. The stipend, governed by an NEH formula, is $5,000 per month 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.
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 short project description approximately 100 words in length.
A "Certification for Participants" form available for download here.
Two letters of recommendation. Please note that letters are 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.
Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on 15 January 2024.
Founded in 1791, the Massachusetts Historical Society, an independent research library, is the nation’s oldest historical society. The Society’s collections—studied by scholars, enjoyed by history enthusiasts, and used to teach students across the country—bring to life the stories of America’s past.