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Grad Student at conference in Florence, Italy

​Samantha Nystrom used departmental and OGPE travel funds to present her work on 19th C gardens at the 2017 NAVSA/AVSA conference in Florence, Italy. As part of the conference she attended professionalizing workshops and studied the gardens of Villa La Pietra (pictured)

- ​Summer R.A. funding has been raised to $4500 for the summer. Call for applications will be in the Spring

-We'll be having a second round of travel funding in the Spring semester. Students who did not win a travel award in the Fall will be prioritized for funding

-calls for GAships with the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection and Winterthur should be made mid-Spring semester

-see below for information on applying for Professional Development Awards (rolling deadlines)

Internal: Professional Development Awards

The UD grad program supports student participation in the following professional development seminars (this is in addition to conference travel). We generally have between 4-5 funding packages available for the academic year to fully fund a single student's attendance at each event.

Dickens Universe –UC Santa Cruz, July 14-20, 2019 – registration opens in January; departmental call in early Spring

Futures of American Studies Institute – Dartmouth, around June 18, 2019 – deadline in May

HILT (digital humanities) – at IU Purdue this year, June 3-7, 2019 – registration open now

Rare Books School – offers courses at various locations and times

The School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell -June 16-July 25 -  

University Level
Matt Rinkevich

Matt Rinkevich won a Competitive Graduate Student Travel Grant from the College of Arts and Sciences, which  supported 3 weeks' archival research at Oxford University's Bodleian Library in July 2018

OGPE Awards

OGPE Prof. Development Award

Funds for travel to conferences / seminars

Collection Based Research Grant

Funds for travel to archives / historical sites


 CMCS Awards:

Collections Based or Seminar Workshop Grant

Up to $750 per awardee is available through the National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant. MA and PhD students planning to enroll in a seminar or workshop with significant material culture element are eligible to apply. Deadline: March 15. 

Graduate Research Presentation Fund

Up to $1,000 each for up to 8 students to support graduate students presenting original research at a public venue. Application Deadline: October 15 and March 15.  

Graduate Research Publication Subvention Fund 

Up to $500 each for up to 4 students to support graduate student publications Application Deadline: October 15 and March 15 

Friends of Rockwood Fund

Up to $1,500 to support a graduate student researching Victorian-era material culture. Application Deadline: March 15. 

Finkel Fund in Support of Cultural Internships

Up to $3,000 to support undergraduate or graduate students accepted for a material culture related internship in Summer 2019. Application Deadline: March 15.

Graduate Research Travel Fund

Up to $1,500 each for up to 6 graduate students pursuing research or fieldwork in material culture studies. Application Deadline: October 15 and March 15.  

External Fellowships (rotating)
Denise Burgher

Denise Burgher received a yearlong fellowship from the Philadelphia Library Company  Mellon Program in African American History for 2018-19

Massachusetts Historical Society Research Fellowships

by Katy Morris

Massachusetts Historical Society Research Fellowships

The Massachusetts Historical Society will offer more than forty research fellowships for the academic year 2019-2020. The first deadline, for MHS-NEH fellowships, is January 15. Start your application and mark your calendar with the deadlines below!

The Society will offer at least two MHS-NEH Long-term Fellowships made possible by an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The stipend, governed by an NEH formula, is $4,200 per month (plus an additional stipend of over five hundred dollars a month for housing and professional expenses) for a minimum of four months and a maximum of twelve months continuous tenure. These fellowships are for scholars studying in the Society's collections who have completed the terminal degree in their field (typically a Ph.D.) by the application deadline. If you would like to spend 4-12 months researching and writing at the Society, check out our collections and start an application!


MHS Short-term Fellowships carry a stipend of $2,000 to support four or more weeks of research in the Society's collections. One application automatically puts you into consideration for any applicable short-term fellowships. Graduate students, faculty, and independent researchers are welcome to apply. We will offer more than twenty short-term fellowships in the coming year!


For those studying the U.S. Civil War, its causes, or its memory, the Boston Athenaeum and the MHS will offer one Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship on the Civil War, its Origins, and Consequences. Fellows spend at least four weeks at each institution. This fellowship carries a stipend of $4,000.


The Society also participates in the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium. Twenty-seven cultural institutions will offer a minimum of twenty fellowships in 2019-2020. These grants provide a stipend of $5,000 for a total of eight or more weeks of research conducted at three or more participating institutions. See the Consortium website for a list of member organizations and email them to discuss possible itineraries!


About the MHS: Manuscripts form the heart of the collections at the MHS. The Society houses more than 12 million pieces in 3,600 separate collections of personal papers and institutional records. The Society's collections also include several hundred thousand books, more than 10,000 broadsides, 30,000 18th- and 19th-century pamphlets, 2,500 maps, 120,000 photographs, and 660 works of art.

For more information, email or phone 617-646-0577.

For news on fellowships and our other programs, follow the MHS Research Department on Twitter @MHS_Research.

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