Research Scholarships

New England Regional Fellowship Consortium

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 and more information on deadlines and requirements, please consult the NERFC page on the Massachusetts Historical Society website.


American Congregational Association - Boston Athenaeum Fellowship

This fellowship supports research in American religious history involving the collections of the Boston Athenaeum and the Congregational Library & Archives. The award includes a stipend of $1,500 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.

Applicants should use this online form to be considered for the American Congregational Association-Boston Athenaeum Fellowship. Applications are due by April 15 every year. 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 about any of these funding opportunities, please contact the Executive Director.