Research Scholarships

New England Regional Fellowship Consortium

Applications due February 1, 2024.

The Congregational Library & Archives is a member of the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium (NERFC), a collaboration of more than 30 major cultural agencies. NERFC grants support work in a broad array of fields, including but not limited to: history, literature, art, history, African American studies, American Studies, women’s and gender studies, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, religious studies, environmental studies, oceanography, and the histories of law, medicine, and technology.

Each grant provides a stipend of $5,000 for a minimum of eight weeks of research at participating institutions. Awards are open to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who hold the necessary U.S. government documents.

For a full list of participating institutions, more information on deadlines and requirements, and to apply please consult the NERFC page on the Massachusetts Historical Society website.


American Congregational Association - Boston Athenaeum Fellowship

Applications due April 15, 2024.

The Congregational Library & Archives has partnered with the Boston Athenaeum in offering a fellowship which supports research in American religious history involving the collections of both libraries.

The award includes a stipend of $2,000 for a residency of twenty days (four weeks) and includes a year's membership to both institutions. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals holding the appropriate U.S. government documents.

To apply, please go to:  

Applicants should list the collections in both institutions which they plan to use during their fellowships. Those who do not hold a Ph.D. should arrange for a letter of recommendation from a dissertation advisor or supervisor. Secondary school teachers need to arrange for two (2) letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be emailed directly to by the recommender. The subject line should contain the applicant’s full name. Successful candidates will be notified by April 30.

For further information contact the Congregational Library & Archives' Executive Director Kyle Roberts, or Mary Warnement, Head of Reader Services at the Boston Athenaeum.


Travel grants

The Congregational Library also provides small but helpful travel scholarships for qualified researchers. For more information, please contact the Executive Director Kyle Roberts.