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American Antiquarian Society

Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

Receipt Deadline: January 15, 2018

The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) maintains a major research library in American history, literature, and culture through 1876. The library includes books and pamphlets; newspaper titles; graphic arts materials including broadsides, political cartoons, maps, advertisements, and photographs; sheet music; and collections of manuscripts. The total collection encompasses some four million items. The society’s holdings are especially rich for projects in the history of the book, including bibliography and the history of printing and publishing; literature; the history of religion; cultural history; intellectual history; environmental history; American state and local history; and social history, including the history of reform, family history, and women’s history. The collections are strong chronologically from the early colonial period to the late nineteenth century.

The AAS-NEH fellows are part of a community that includes the AAS staff, area college and university faculty, and the recipients of AAS short-term fellowships (including scholars from all over the U.S. and abroad, Ph.D. candidates, and creative artists and writers producing work for the general public) and other long-term fellows. Further opportunities for collegial interaction and scholarly exchange are provided by the society’s Program in the History of the Book in American Culture; the Center for Historic American Visual Culture; its series of seminars in American history and culture through 1876; public lectures; and more informal gatherings.

Detailed information and a link to application materials may be found on the AAS website.

Host Institutions: American Antiquarian Society
Location: Worcester, MA
Point of Contact: Paul J. Erickson, Director of Academic Programs
Phone: (508) 755-5221
Fax: (508) 754-9069

About NEH Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

The National Endowment for the Humanities provides grants to independent centers for advanced study and international research organizations to support fellowship programs for humanities scholars through its Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI). NEH fellowships provide scholars with stipends, a collegial environment, and access to resources that might not be available at their home institutions.

Fellowship programs may be administered by independent centers for advanced study, libraries, and museums in the United States, or American overseas research centers or other organizations that have expertise in promoting research on foreign cultures. The centers and organizations establish their own peer review procedures for the selection of NEH grant recipients and administer the awards. NEH provides funding for humanities fellowships of four to twelve months.

Amount of Award

Amount of the award will vary by the number and length of the fellowships offered by the host institution.


Centers and organizations applying for these grants may not be affiliated with an institution of higher education and must be independently governed, financed, and administered. In addition, they must have a pre-existing fellowship program maintained with non-NEH funding. Eligibility for NEH fellowships at these research institutions is limited to United States citizens and foreign nationals who have been residents in the United States for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline for the grant. NEH research opportunities are intended for persons who have already completed their formal academic training. Consequently, persons seeking support for work in pursuit of a degree are not eligible for NEH fellowships and research grants.

How to Apply

For more information and application instructions, please visit the program website listed above.