Application Instructions


Postmark deadline: March 1, 2002

Please follow these instructions carefully.
Note: Collaborative projects should submit a single application.

1. Application form: Type all information on the application form as well as any supplemental pages. Send the signed original to:

NHPRC Archival Research Fellowship Program
Attn: Brenda Lawson
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215

2. Resume: Include education, employment, publications, and professional activities.

3. Narrative: Not to exceed three single-spaced, single-sided pages, the narrative should describe the proposed project and include a discussion of the contribution to the archival profession. Also include a detailed plan of work, with project benchmarks.

4. References: Three letters of reference must accompany the application. Letters should relate to the research topic and should be solicited from three professionals, at least two of whom have knowledge of both the applicant and the subject the applicant will be investigating. References may be sent under separate cover. The names and contact information of the individuals writing references should appear on the application.

5. Letter of institutional support: A letter of support for the applicant's proposal, signed by the director of her/his employing institution or division, must accompany the application. The letter must state that the institution understands fellowship requirements and supports the employee's participation in the program.

6. Selection criteria: The proposals will be judged on the following:

  • The proposal's critical relevance to the archival profession.
  • Whether or not the proposal is clearly articulated and employs a sound research methodology.
  • Whether or not the time line is judged to be realistic.
  • The applicant's potential for conducting and presenting original research.
  • Letters of reference.

7. Eligibility: All applicants must be United States citizens. Applicant must be an archivist, manuscript professional, librarian, information professional, records manager, historian, conservator, or scholar in a related discipline. Applicant must be working full time under a 12-month contract and have at least three years of professional work experience.

8. Notification: The Fellowship Advisory Committee and the Executive Board will review and evaluate the completed application forms. Candidates will be notified regarding final decisions by April 19, 2002. Successful candidates must return the completed contract within ten business days.

9. Funding: Funding for up to five fellows, while approved by the NHPRC at its spring 2001 meeting, is dependent upon the level of the Commission's subsequent annual federal appropriations as determined by Congress.

10. Questions? For further information, please contact:

Brenda Lawson
(617) 646-0502


Last edited: July 2001