Information on Applying for Fellowships
Scholarly Pursuits: A Guide to Professional Development During the Graduate Years via Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Fellowship Database via Cornell University Graduate School: http://www.gradschool.cornell.edu/fellowships/
Short-term Research and Dissertation Fellowships
Oct. 15: Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship
This program is a year-long residential fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society. Eligible applicants should be no more than three years beyond receipt of their doctorate. The purpose of the post-dissertation fellowship is to provide the recipient with time and resources to extend research and/or to revise the dissertation for publication. The topic should be relevant the American history and culture through 1876. The twelve-month stipend for this fellowship is $35,000.
The deadline for application is October 15th.
Oct. 24: Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion
This program supports a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing. The Fellowship tenure may be carried out in residence at the Fellow’s home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research. The total award of up to $33,000 includes a stipend plus additional funds for university fees and research support. Eligibility is open to Ph.D. candidates in a humanities or social science department in the United States. Applicants must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation (obtained ABD status) by the application deadline. The program is restricted to graduate students who have progressed no further than the sixth year of the degree program. Graduate students who currently hold or have previously held a dissertation completion fellowship are not eligible for the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Unsuccessful applicants may reapply to this program only once.
Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system (ofa.acls.org) no later than 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, October 24, 2012.
The ISHR Research Fellowships support individuals engaged in advanced research related to the theory and practice of rhetoric in all periods and languages and the relationship of rhetoric to poetics, literary theory and criticism, philosophy, politics, religion, law, and other aspects of the socio-cultural context.
The fellowships are designed to support research projects that may be completed within one year. The fellowships Fellowships are for US $5000.00 (or the equivalent) and are delivered to recipients on or about 1 January of the award year. Fellowship recipients are expected to work full time on award projects for at least two months during the award year.
Applications for Research Fellowships are accepted from researchers regardless of their national or institutional affiliations. Independent scholars, graduate students, and faculty at colleges and universities are eligible to apply. Applicants must be members of ISHR in good standing at the time of their application
Applications must be submitted electronically as email attachments to ISHR in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, or Latin between 1 September and 25 October (the deadline) in any given year.
The Center for African American Studies at Princeton University invites applications from pre-tenure scholars and recent Ph.D. graduates in all disciplines for two postdoctoral or more senior research positions. These positions will be awarded for the academic year 2013-2014 to emerging scholars who will devote their ten-month residency at Princeton to writing about race in the national or global contexts and, with the approval of the Dean of the Faculty, to teaching one semester-long undergraduate course.
Applicants should have received the doctorate within the past five years and cannot be in the process of writing a dissertation. The term for these positions extends from September 1, 2013 until July 1, 2014; a competitive salary will be provided.
Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship: $30,000
Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grant: $6,000
American Fellowships support women doctoral candidates completing dissertations or scholars seeking funds for postdoctoral research leave from accredited institutions. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; the quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.
Dissertation Fellowships are available to women who will complete their dissertation writing between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014. Applicants must have completed all course work, passed all preliminary examinations, and received approval for their research proposals or plans by November 15, 2012. Students holding fellowships for writing a dissertation in the year prior to the AAUW fellowship year are not eligible. Open to applicants in all fields of study. Scholars engaged in science, technology, engineering, and math and researching gender issues are especially encouraged to apply.
Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships offer one year of funding for women in tenure-track faculty positions in support of their earning tenure and further promotions by enabling them to spend a year pursuing independent research.
Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grants provide funds for women college and university faculty and independent researchers to prepare research for publication. The grants are intended for tenure-track, part-time, or temporary faculty or new and established researchers at universities. Time must be available for eight consecutive weeks of final writing, editing, and responding to issues raised in critical reviews.
Applications for the 2014-15 Academic Year will be available after August 1, 2013.
The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner. In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the Newcombe Fellowship competition might explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature.
The Newcombe Fellowships are provided to Ph.D. candidates at American institutions located in the United States who will complete their dissertations during the fellowship year. The fellowship year for applications accepted by the deadline in 2012 will be for the academic year 2013-2014. In the current Newcombe competition, at least 21 non-renewable Fellowships of $25,000 will be awarded for 12 months of full-time dissertation writing; in addition, Fellows’ graduate schools will be asked to waive tuition and/or remit some portion of their fees.
The deadline for submission of the online application is 11:59:59 p.m. November 15, 2012.
This program is for dissertation research in the humanities or related social sciences in original sources. The purposes of this fellowship program are to help junior scholars in the humanities and related social science fields gain skill and creativity in developing knowledge from original sources, to enable dissertation writers to do research wherever relevant sources may be (rather than just where financial support is available), to encourage more extensive and innovative uses of original sources in libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and related repositories in the U.S. and abroad, and to provide insight from the viewpoint of doctoral candidates into how scholarly resources can be developed for access most helpfully in the future. The program offers about fifteen competitively awarded fellowships a year. Each provides a stipend of $2,000 per month for periods ranging from 9-12 months. Each fellow will receive an additional $1,000 upon participating in a symposium on research in original sources and submitting a report acceptable to CLIR on the research experience. Thus the maximum award will be $25,000.
To be eligible, an applicant will—
- be enrolled in a doctoral program in a graduate school in the United States (master’s thesis research is not eligible)
- complete all doctoral requirements except the dissertation and be ready to start research for it as early as June 1 and no later than September 1, 2013, with approval of the dissertation proposal no later than April 1, 2013
- plan to do dissertation research primarily in original source material in the holdings of archives, libraries, historical societies, museums, related repositories, or a combination
- write the dissertation and receive the Ph.D. degree in a field of the humanities or in a related element of the social sciences (candidates for the Ed.D, J.D., or D.D. degrees are not eligible).
Dec. 1: The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography (Rare Books School)
- three courses at Rare Book School, with travel and research stipends
- seminars on critical bibliography
- symposia on critical bibliography
- bibliographical field schools
- collaborative research trips
Eligible applicants for the Mellon Fellowship must be, as of December 1, 2012:
- doctoral candidates (i.e., graduate students who have completed their qualifying exams),
- postdoctoral fellows, or
- junior (i.e. nontenured) faculty.
Applicants must be available for an orientation at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA on the following dates: May 31–June 1, 2013. Applicants must commit to participating in periodic, annual program activities through September 2015.
- Center for Scholars and Writers
- Short-Term Research Fellowships
- Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program
- Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute
- Martin Duberman Visiting Scholars
- The Gilder Lehrman Fellowships in American Civilization
- Archives Research Fellowships
Dec. 15: Huntington Library
The Huntington is an independent research center with holdings in British and American history, literature, art history, and the history of science and medicine.
Eligibility: PhD or equivalent; or doctoral candidate at the dissertation stage.
Tenure of fellowship: One to five months.
Amount of award: $3,000 per month.
Travel Grants and Exchange Fellowships for Study in Great Britain
Eligibility: PhD or equivalent; or doctoral candidate at the dissertation stage.
Tenure of fellowship: One month.
The Huntington offers several travel grants in any of the fields in which the Huntington collections are strong and where the research will be carried out in libraries or archives in Great Britain. We also offer exchange fellowships with Linacre College and Lincoln College, Oxford. For details on the terms of the travel grants and exchange fellowships, please contact Carolyn Powell.
Dec. 15: John Carter Brown Library
The John Carter Brown Library will award forty Research Fellowships for the year July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014. Sponsorship of research at the John Carter Brown Library is reserved exclusively for scholars whose work is centered on the colonial history of the Americas, North and South, including all aspects of the European, African, and Native American involvement. Regular John Carter Brown Library Fellowships are available for periods of two to four months and carry a stipend of $2,100 per month. These Fellowships are open to Americans and foreign nationals who are engaged in pre- or post-doctoral, or independent, research. Graduate students must have passed their preliminary or general examinations at the time of application.
The Renaissance Society of America will award up to nine RSA Research Grants in amounts up to $3,000. Three grants will be awarded in each of the three rank categories of Predoctoral Scholar, Younger Scholar, and Senior Scholar (see below for category descriptions). RSA Research Grants are available to applicants in all disciplines and topics dealing with the Renaissance. RSA also awards two named grants of $3,000 each. One is the Rensselaer W. Lee Grant in Art History, open to all three rank categories in the discipline of art history. The other is the Paul Oskar Kristeller Grant, open to all disciplines in all three rank categories. Applicants are asked to submit a budget indicating how they would use the award money; the amount of the award is fixed at $3,000. For more information, visit http://www.rsa.org/?page=ResearchGrants.
The Postdoctoral Fellowship is awarded to scholars who hold a Ph.D. degree in a field that contributes to African and African-American Studies. It carries an annual stipend of $40,000 and a $3,000 fund for research-related activities. The Fellow will participate in the intellectual life of the Institute, pursue his or her own scholarship, and teach one course in his or her area of specialization. Applicants for the 2013-14 academic year must have their Ph.D. in hand before the fellowship begins in September 2013.
Application instructions: Please apply for this fellowship at https://www.rochester.edu/fort/fdi_postdoc/. You will need a curriculum vitae; a 3-5 page description of the research the applicant plans to carry out during the fellowship year, plus a description of the undergraduate course the applicant would like to teach; a sample of published or unpublished writing on a topic related to the proposal; and three letters of recommendation that comment upon the value and feasibility of the work proposed.
The Predoctoral Fellowship is awarded to a graduate student of any university whose degree contributes to the scholarship in the field of African and African-American Studies. A principal aim of this fellowship is to provide a different intellectual environment that will enrich and expedite the completion of the Fellow’s dissertation. The Fellow will also gain valuable experience through work with the Institute’s director in organizing colloquia, lectures, and other events. There is no teaching obligation. The award carries an annual stipend of $26,000, and the Institute offers research funds to support the fellow’s research. To qualify for this residential fellowship in the 2013-14 academic year, an applicant will need to have successfully completed the following before the end of this (2012-13) academic year: (1) all required courses; (2) qualifying oral and/or written exams; (3) at least one chapter of the dissertation (this chapter is a required portion of the application package).
Application instructions: Please apply for this fellowship at https://www.rochester.edu/fort/fdi_predoc/. You will need an official transcript showing completion of all preliminary coursework and qualifying examinations; the dissertation prospectus; completed chapter(s) from the dissertation; three letters of recommendation, including one from the dissertation supervisor that specifically addresses the candidate’s prospects for completing the project within a year.
All Fellows receive office space in the Institute, full access to the University’s facilities, and opportunities to interact and collaborate with scholars relevant to their projects within the University. Fellows must be in full-time residence during the tenure of their awards and they are required to be engaged in scholarly activity on a full-time basis. Fellows are expected to be available for consultation with students and colleagues; make at least one formal presentation based upon their research; and contribute generally to the intellectual life of the Institute.
Applications to the two programs are accepted from September 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012.
The Fellowship awards will be announced in early March, 2013.
Jan. 3: New York Historical Society
2013-2014 Fellowships at the New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society offers eight fellowships for the 2013-2014 academic year. Designed to encourage and promote the use of its extraordinary collections of primary and secondary sources relating to the history of New York and the nation, the fellowships are open to scholars at various times during their academic careers. Click here for a list of FAQs about the Fellowship program.
Prospective fellows must submit applications and any questions electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bernard and Irene Schwartz Fellowships Offered jointly with Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, two Bernard and Irene Schwartz Fellowships are open to scholars who will have completed their Ph.D. before the end of the 2012-2013 academic year. Fellows will teach one course each semester at The New School and will also carry on research projects in residence at the New-York Historical Society. These Fellowships carry a stipend of $60,000, plus benefits. Deadline: January 3, 2013. Click here for further information.
- Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowships Two Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowships will be awarded to candidates who have held the Ph.D. for three to five years. Research projects may include conversion of dissertations into publishable manuscripts or the initiation of new research, based on the resources of the New-York Historical Society. The nine-month residency will carry a stipend of $60,000, plus benefits. Deadline: January 3, 2013. Click here for further information.
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship One academic year fellowship supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities will be offered for research at the New-York Historical Society. Fellowships are available to individuals who have completed their formal professional training and have a strong record of accomplishment within their field. There is no restriction relating to age or academic status. Foreign nationals are eligible to apply if they have lived in the United States for at least three years immediately preceding the application deadline. The ten-month residency will carry a stipend of $42,000, plus benefits. Deadline: January 3, 2013. Click here for further information.
- Roger Hertog Fellowship This fellowship is already filled for 2013-2014. The Roger Hertog Fellowship will be awarded to one candidate who has held a Ph.D., or equivalent professional training, for at least fifteen years and who will use, cite, and make known the New-York Historical’s extraordinary collections of primary and secondary sources relating to the history of New York and the nation. The two-year residency carries a stipend of $50,000 per year.
- Patricia and John Klingenstein Short-Term Fellowships - Two Patricia and John Klingenstein Fellowships will be awarded to scholars at any academic level working in the library collections of the New-York Historical Society. Research is to be conducted for two to four weeks for a stipend of between $1,500-2,000. Deadline: January 3, 2012. Click here for further information.
A limited number of fellowships, including several named fellowships (see below), are available on a competitive basis to students attending the Linguistic Institute. Fellowships generally cover only the cost of tuition to attend the Institute (although the Bloch and McCawley fellowships provide some additional support); fellowships do not cover living expenses, travel expenses to and from the Institute, or visa expenses for international students. To be awarded a fellowship, students must enter the fellowship competition, which is administered by the Linguistic Society of America (LSA); access to the online fellowship application will be through LSA member login. Students must be members of the LSA to apply for fellowships; non-members may join the Society in order to apply. A link to the online fellowship application will be made available on the Institute and LSA websites once the application period opens.
Fellowship applications for the 2013 Linguistic Institute will be availailable online beginning Monday, January 14, 2013. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on Thursday, February 7th. Two recommendations must be received by 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on Thursday, February 14th (applicants supply the e-mail addresses of recommenders as part of the application, and the LSA solicits the recommendations). Applicants will be informed of the status of their applications by early March, in time for awardees to meet the Institute’s early registration deadline.
Jan. 15: American Antiquarian Society
The American Antiquarian Society offers three broad categories of visiting research fellowships, with tenures ranging from one to twelve months. All of the fellowships are designed to enable scholars, advanced graduate students, and others to spend an uninterrupted block of time doing research in the AAS library on their projects and discussing their work with others.
- Long-Term Visiting Academic Research Fellowships - Available for scholars beyond the doctorate
- Short-Term Visiting Academic Research Fellowships - Available for scholars holding the Ph.D. and for doctoral candidates engaged in dissertation research
- Fellowships for Creative and Performing Artists and Writers - Available to creative and performing artists, writers, film makers, journalists, and other persons whose goals are to produce imaginative, non-formulaic works dealing with pre-twentieth-century American history
Colgate University invites applications for the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing. Writers of poetry, fiction or nonfiction who have recently completed an MFA, MA, or PhD in creative writing, and who need a year to complete their first book, are encouraged to apply. The selected writer will spend the academic year (late August 2011 to early May 2012) at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. The fellow will teach one creative writing course each semester and will give a public reading from the work in progress. The fellowship carries a stipend of $35,500 plus travel expenses; health and life insurance are provided.
The Emily Dickinson International Society (EDIS) offers a fellowship award of $1,000 in support of graduate student scholarship on Emily Dickinson. The award may be used to fund travel to collections or conferences, to support book purchases, or for other research expenses (such as reproduction costs) necessary to the project.
Preference will be given to applicants enrolled in doctoral programs and engaged in the writing of dissertations or other major projects directed toward publication. Dissertation projects need not be focused solely on Dickinson; however, a substantial part of the work should significantly engage Dickinson’s work.
To apply, please send a cv, a project description, the names and contact information of two references, and a dissertation prospectus or other relevant writing sample of no more than 25 pages to Paul Crumbley at email@example.com. Applications are due by January 15.
Jan. 15: Winterthur Research Fellowship
The Winterthur museum of American decorative arts offers short and long-term residential research fellowships to academic, independent, and museum scholars, as well as advanced graduate students. Research fellows conduct research in many areas of social and cultural history, including material culture, architecture, decorative arts, design, consumer culture, garden and landscape studies, Shaker studies, travel and tourism, the Atlantic World, and objects in literature.
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships: one or two semesters. Applicants must be US citizens or residents. Stipend: up to $40,000
Winterthur Dissertation Fellowships: one or two semesters for doctoral candidates conducting dissertation research and writing. Stipend: $7,000 per semester.
Short-term Research fellowships: one to three month fellowships for academic, independent, and museum scholars. Applicants need not apply for a named fellowship, but certain awards designated. Stipend: $1,500 per month.
Click here to view Winterthur Research Fellowship brochure and contact information.
Jan. 31: McMaster-ASECS research fellowship
One one-month resident fellowship in Eighteenth-Century Studies is granted annually by McMaster University, funded jointly by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Faculty of Humanities, and administered through McMaster University Library. The fellowships are for $1,750 US or the Canadian equivalent. Applicants, must be postdoctoral and members of ASECS.
Click here to download the McMaster-ASECS Fellowship Application, in PDF format.
Feb. 1: Clark-Huntington Joint Bibliographical Fellowship
Eligibility: PhD or appropriate research experience.
Tenure of fellowship: Two months (one month at the William Andrews Clark Library; one month at The Huntington).
Amount of award: $5,500.
Sponsored jointly by the Clark and the Huntington Libraries, this two-month fellowship provides support for bibliographical research in early modern British literature and history as well as other areas where the two libraries have common strengths; eligible projects include textual scholarship, analytical/descriptive bibliography, history of printing &/or publishers, and related fields. For details and application instructions regarding the Clark-Huntington Joint Bibliographical Fellowship only, please contact Dr. Gerald Cloud at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please note that this fellowship has a later deadline—February 1, 2013.)
Feb. 1: McNeal Center
Since 1978, more than 200 advanced graduate students from dozens of universities across North America and Europe have received dissertation fellowships from the McNeil Center. At least eight new fellows will be appointed for the 2013-2014 academic year, most with nine-month stipends of $21,000. Fellows receive office space in the Center’s magnificent building on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus and library, computer, and other privileges at the University. Limited travel funds for research are also available. While no teaching is required for most fellowships, all McNeil Center fellows are expected to be in residence in Philadelphia during the academic year and to participate regularly in the Center’s program of seminars and other activities.
Awards may be made in the following categories, depending on the qualifications of the applicants and the availability of funding. In a given year, appointments may not be made in all categories.
Nine-Month or One-Semester Fellowships:
- MCEAS Barra Dissertation Fellowships are open to candidates from any discipline working on any relevant topic.
- The Barra Foundation Fellowship is designed primarily for candidates specializing in Early American art or material culture.
- MCEAS Consortium Fellowships are open to candidates from research universities that are members of the McNeil Center Consortium. For more information concerning consortium membership, please contact the Center Director.
- Friends of the MCEAS Fellowships are supported by annual donors to the McNeil Center to facilitate dissertation research dealing with the Philadelphia or the Mid-Atlantic region before 1850.
- The Richard S. Dunn Fellowship, funded by a gift from an anonymous donor in honor of the Center’s founding director, acknowledges excellence in Early American Studies.
- The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Fellowship in Early American Religious Studies is open to candidates in any discipline researching any aspect of religion in North America and the Atlantic world before 1850.
- Marguerite Bartlett Hamer Fellowships are awarded to advanced doctoral candidates from any relevant program at the University of Pennsylvania and may include some teaching responsibilities.
- The Society of the Cincinnati Fellowship, funded by generous contributions from the State Society of the Cincinnati of Pennsylvania, supports research on the era of the American Revolution.
- Sawyer Dissertation Fellowships: The McNeil Center for Early American Studies and the University of Pennsylvania have received a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to conduct a year-long John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures. The theme of the seminar, to be directed by Professor David Kazanjian of Penn’s English Department, will be “Race, Across Time and Space.” The Sawyer program will make possible two dissertation fellowships open to a broad interdisciplinary range of young scholars working on the era of Atlantic revolutions, 1750-1850. Sawyer fellows will be appointed to twelve-month terms, commencing 1 July 2013.
- Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Early American Literature and Material Texts: In collaboration with the Library Company of Philadelphia, two fellows will be appointed for 13-month terms beginning 1 July 2012. These fellowships are open to dissertators in English, American Literature, Comparative Literature, American Studies, History, Art History, or related fields whose work combines in innovative ways the study of texts—novels, poems, plays, newspapers,magazines, scribal publications, genres not traditionally defined as “literary”—with the material circumstances of their production and dissemination. Projects should rely on the extraordinary rare book, print, and ephemera collections of the Library Company. The fellows’ terms will begin and end with a summer workshop under the guidance of a senior invited scholar. The 13-month stipend is $29,000.
- The Monticello-McNeil Fellowship, co-sponsored by the McNeil Center and the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, facilitates scholarship on Thomas Jefferson and his times. Holders of this fellowship spend a portion of their fellowship term at the ICJS in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the remainder in Philadelphia. Reasonable travel costs between Philadelphia and Charlottesville and, subject to availability, housing at ICJS are included.
- The Quinn Foundation Fellowship, co-sponsored by the McNeil Center and the New Netherland Institute, facilitates research on New Netherland and on the Dutch colonial Atlantic World. Holders of this fellowship spend a portion of their fellowship term in Albany, New York, working in the rich collections of the New Netherland Institute, the New York State Archives, and the New York State Library, and the remainder in residence at the Center in Philadelphia. Projects in any discipline dealing with the Dutch experience in North America in the Atlantic world before 1850 are welcome.
Application deadline: 1 February 2013
The New England Regional Fellowship Consortium includes 16 repositories, and a learned society. Collections at the participating institutions are broadly representative of the New England region and span the period from pre-contact to the present day. They include personal papers, organizational records, and printed works (both primary and secondary) as well as paintings, engravings, furniture, maps, photographs, architectural drawings, and materials in many other areas of collecting. Many of the organizations own and exhibit important historic houses.
- Baker Library, Harvard Business School While the resources of Baker Library cover a wide range of dates, geographical locations, and subject areas, they are particularly strong in documenting the growth of American business and industry from the late 18th century through the early 20th century. Researchers will find extensive manuscript collections as well as significant holdings of trade catalogs, trade cards, industrial photographs, and corporate reports. These research materials are furthermore supported by comprehensive book collections, which are especially rich in trade publications, government documents, corporate histories and publications, and business directories. Baker Library also houses the Kress Collection of Business and Economics, an expansive collection of rare books published before 1850, as well as the official archives of the Harvard Business School. Visit the Baker Library’s website.
- Boston Athenæum Founded in 1807, the Boston Athenæum’s rare book collection reflects the interests of the Library as it has narrowed its focus from being encyclopedic in the 19th century to its current focus on the humanities. While there are surprising examples of early works on many subjects in the Athenæum, researchers should expect to find depth in certain specific subject areas. Early American history is a particular strength with early American imprints, 18th and 19th century tracts, early American broadsides, publications in Native American languages, early Boston newspapers, and one of the largest collections in the Unites States of imprints of the Confederate States of America. The Prints and Photographs Department is primarily a historical documentation collection, whose holdings provide a unique visual record of New England cultural and political life. It is particularly strong in prints, photographs, and architectural drawings depicting the built environment and topography of Boston and New England in the nineteenth century. In addition, the department also has a fine collection of prints and photographs of the Civil War as well as political cartoons, portraits, and historical prints that chronicle American national history. Visit the Boston Athenæum’s website.
- Colonial Society of Massachusetts Since its founding in 1892, the Society has dedicated itself to advancing the study of early America, especially the colonies of Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay. Scholars in the colonial and Revolutionary periods have long considered the Society’s published documentary collections essential to their research. The Society also conducts educational programs for its members and others, and through prizes as well as in conferences and other forums, it recognizes individual research. Out of this desire to promote first-rate scholarship in the early American period, the Society is pleased to underwrite a Colonial Society of Massachusetts Regional Fellowship.Visit the Colonial Society of Massachusetts’ website.
- Connecticut Historical Society Founded in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) is a non-profit museum, library, research and education center. We strive to inspire and foster a life-long interest in history and facilitate a passion for learning about history through research assistance, exhibitions, tours and programs for all ages. CHS’s library houses approximately 100,000 printed volumes, 3,000,000 manuscripts in 10,000 distinct collections, as well as important holdings of broadsides, maps, newspapers, and other materials that make it an essential resource for documenting the history and development of Connecticut and New England. In addition, the CHS museum collection includes nearly 35,000 artifacts and 250,000 graphics. Visitwww.chs.org or call 860.236.5621. Visit the Connecticut Historical Society’s website.
- Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine Established in 1965 as a result of a merger between the Boston Medical Library (founded in 1875) and the Harvard Medical Library (founded in 1782), the Countway Library is a leading center for the study of the history of health care and medicine. The Countway’s Rare Books & Special Collections department contains 250,000 volumes of books, approximately 20 million manuscripts (including the archives of the Harvard Medical School and the personal papers of many New England physicians), 30,000 photographs and prints, and small collections of art and artifacts. The Countway also houses the renowned Warren Museum, which contains 15,000 items. Visit the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine’s website.
- Harvard Law School, Special Collections With nearly 2,000 linear feet of manuscripts, approximately 200,000 rare books, and more than 70,000 paintings, prints, photographs, and other visual materials, the Special Collections Department of the Harvard Law School houses one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of research materials for the study of the history of the law in general and of Anglo-American law in particular. Particularly noteworthy are its virtually complete collections of English and American statute books, case reporters, and legal treatises; more than 10,000 volumes, spanning the last five centuries, of the accounts of civil and criminal trials; extensive holdings of the papers of Joseph Story; Simon Greenleaf; Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.; Louis Brandeis; Felix Frankfurter; Roscoe Pound and other jurists and legal educators; and important manuscript collections relating to such organizations and events as the New England Watch and Ward Society, the Sacco-Vanzetti trial, and the Alger Hiss case. The legal art collection, by far the best anywhere of its type, has portrait and photographich images of lawyers and judges as well as of famous trials, and legal controversies. Visit the Harvard Law School Library’s website.
- Historic Deerfield Not hosting fellows in 2012-2013. Internationally recognized collections of furniture, early American silver, English ceramics and Chinese export porcelain, textiles, needlework, and costume are complemented by important holdings of manuscripts, printed works, and microform. The Memorial Libraries, comprising the collections of Historic Deerfield and the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, feature extensive holdings of family papers from the Deerfield area, hundreds of diaries and account books, church records and manuscript sermons, as well as major collections of secondary sources in local history and the decorative arts. Visit Historic Deerfield’s website.
- Houghton Library, Harvard University Founded in 1942, Houghton Library is the principal rare book and manuscript repository of Harvard College Library and one of the preeminent academic research libraries in the Unites States. Holding approximately 500,000 books and more than 10 million manuscripts, Houghton is recognized as a leading center for the study of American, English, and Continental history and literature, with special emphasis in printing, graphic arts, theatre history, and New England history and culture. Visit Houghton’s website.
- Maine Historical Society The Society holds the most comprehensive collection of printed and manuscript materials documenting the history of Maine. In addition to 125,000 books, pamphlets, newspapers, and other printed items, the collection contains over 2 million manuscripts documenting the social, economic, political, and cultural history of Maine and New England from the 17th century to the present. Holdings also include 3,500 maps and atlases, 80,000 photographs, and 150,000 architectural and engineering drawings.Visit the Maine Historical Society’s website.
- Massachusetts Historical Society Manuscripts form the heart of the collections at the Massachusetts Historical Society. The Society houses more than 10 million pieces in 3,500 separate collections of personal papers and institutional records. The Society’s collections also include several hundred thousand books, more than 20,000 broadsides, 30,000 18th- and 19th-century pamphlets, 5,000 maps, 150,000 microforms, and 200,000 historic photographs. The Society offers about 20 four-week grants through a separate competition, and applicants who would like to use its holdings for more than two weeks are referred to its program of short-term fellowships. Go back to the Massachusetts Historical Society’s homepage.
- Mystic Seaport The Museum’s collections record the American maritime experience. Mystic Seaport holds more than 2 million items, including vessels, photographs, film and video footage, manuscripts, imprints, art, tools, and artifacts dating from the 18th century to the present. At the G. W. Blunt White Library, researchers will find 1,000,000 manuscript pieces, 75,000 volumes of books and periodicals, 2,000 rolls of microfilm, 1,000 ships registers, 1,300 logbooks, 700 audiotape oral history interviews, 200 videotape interviews, and 9,000 maps and charts. Visit Mystic Seaport’s website.
- New England Historic Genealogical Society Founded in 1845, the Society has been a pioneer in the study of the region’s family history for more than a century and a half. Its vast collection of genealogies, local histories, and manuscripts—200,000 volumes, 20,000 microfilms, and 3,500 linear feet of manuscripts—make it an essential resource for scholars interested in the social and demographic history of New England. Visit the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s website.
- New Hampshire Historical Society The New Hampshire Historical Society houses the finest collections anywhere of printed, manuscript, and pictorial materials relating to New Hampshire history. Printed collections—about 40,000 volumes—include thousands of genealogies, town histories, and biographies as well as more than 1,000 maps. Manuscript holdings comprise 1,700 linear feet of personal papers and institutional records. There are 800,000 pages of New Hampshire newspapers from 1756 to 1900 and 200,000 negatives and photographic images. The library also holds a unique card index that provides biographical information on about 30,000 “New Hampshire Notables.” Museum collections include works of the “White Mountain School” of landscape artists, New Hampshire furniture, and materials associated with the lives and careers of many noteworthy New Hampshire residents. Visit the New Hampshire Historical Society’s website.
- Rhode Island Historical Society The library and museum collections of the Society are vital to the study of Rhode Island’s history. The library’s printed collection includes local, military, economic, social, political, and ecclesiastical histories; municipal and corporate publications; and large holdings of Rhode Island newspapers and early imprints. The library’s genealogy section is among the largest in New England. Manuscript collections date from 1652 to the present. Researchers will find personal papers and organizational records. The graphics collection includes photographs, prints, broadsides, maps, watercolors, drawings, engravings, and ephemera. Important museum holdings include collections of Rhode Island furniture, works of local artists, and historical objects. Visit the Rhode Island Historical Society’s website.
- Schlesinger Library Established in 1943, the Library holds manuscripts, books, periodicals, photographs, ephemera, oral histories, and audiovisual materials that document the history of American women in the U.S. and abroad, primarily during the 19th and 20th centuries. Especially well-represented are women’s rights, social reform, family history, health, sexuality, work, the professions, Radcliffe history, and food and culinary history. Over 2,200 manuscript collections include papers of notables such as Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Beecher Stowe, of lesser-known women, and of women’s organizations such as the Boston YWCA and the National Organization for Women. The collection of books and periodicals covers all aspects of the 19th- and 20th-century social and intellectual history, and includes many volumes on cookery and household management. The library offers eight to ten other research grants, and is part of the Radcliffe Institute’s community of resident fellows who pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions, and the creative arts. Visit the Schlesinger Library’s website.
- Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College The Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College is an internationally recognized repository of manuscripts, archives, photographs, periodicals and other primary sources in women’s history. It consists of over 8000 linear feet of material in manuscript, print, and audiovisual formats that document the historical experience of women in the United States and abroad from the colonial era to the present. Subject strengths include birth control and reproductive rights, women’s rights, suffrage, the contemporary women’s movement, U.S. women working abroad, the arts (especially theatre), the professions (especially journalism and social work), and middle-class family life in nineteenth- and twentieth-century New England. Visit the Sophia Smith Collection’s website
- Vermont Historical Society Not hosting fellows in 2012-2013. The Society collects, preserves, and makes available a wide variety of materials documenting the history and people of Vermont. The Society’s manuscript collection is particularly strong in family history, agriculture, railroads, religion, emigration, government and politics, and early crafts and trades. Books and pamphlets date from the 1770s to the present and address all aspects of Vermont history. Other important library collections include maps, broadsides, periodicals, photographs, and genealogy. The Society’s museum holds more than 20,000 artifacts of Vermont history, including paintings, furniture, and decorative-arts objects. Visit the Vermont Historical Society’s website.
Feb. 1: Virginia Historical Society
Feb. 6: Newberry Library
Mar. 1: Massachusetts Historical Society
Mar. 1: American Philosophical Society
March 1: Library Company
Apr. 1: Short-term Atlantic History grant (via Harvard)
Apr. 16: Chawton House
May 1: Maryland Historical Society