Research Scholarships

New England Regional Fellowship Consortium

The Congregational Library & Archives is a member of the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, a group of seventeen premiere libraries and archives. NERFC provides scholarship aid to researchers needing to consult at least three of these collections. For more information, 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's Interim Executive Director Marty Walz, or Mary Warnement, Head of Reader Services at the Boston Athenaeum.


Henry M. Dexter Award

This award honors the work of pastor/scholars as exemplified by emeritus board members Arvel M. Steece and Richard Taylor — and by nineteenth-century scholar Henry Martyn Dexter. It supports study and research by non-specialists, with preference given to laypeople and pastors. The selection criteria include clarity of purpose, fit with collection sources, and need. One annual award of $1,000 is announced in September.

Each application should include a detailed description of a project to be completed at the CLA (maximum 3pp. or 1000 words), a list of CLA sources to be consulted (minimum 10), and one letter of reference from a non-family member (sent under a separate cover letter). Completed applications (hard copy, no email) should be sent to: Executive Director, Congregational Library & Archives, 14 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108, by August 30th.

For further information contact the Congregational Library & Archives's Interim Executive Director Marty Walz by email.


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.