Massachusetts Historical Society

Teacher and Student Fellowships

Have you always wanted a chance to get hands on with history? Is there a subject in history you've always wanted time to explore? Apply for a MHS Fellowship!

The MHS is proud to offer fellowships for K-12 teachers and high school students to explore a topic of their choice in the Massachusetts Historical Society's archives. 这些奖学金适用于K-12教育工作者和美国所有高中学生.S. states and territories. The application deadline is 11:59 pm ET on March 14th, 2024. 教师可以同时申请Swensrud和Kass教师奖学金,并且可以在同一申请表中进行申请.

Please explore the three types of fellowships below and contact education@dorseysridge.com with any questions. We will hold fellowship info sessions on February 7th, 2024 对于那些有兴趣了解更多利记APP官网手机版奖学金和申请流程的人(详情见下文).

  • Swensrud Teacher Fellowship

    Is there a historical topic you’ve always wanted to cover in your classroom? 你是否面临着你想要解决的内容知识或课程的空白? 在开发课程材料以满足学生的特殊需求方面,您是否需要支持?

    The Swensrud Teacher Fellowship program offers K-12 educators the opportunity to research and create educational materials using documents and artifacts from the collections of the MHS. The fellowships carry a stipend of $6,000美元,用于四周的研究和创建两个或更多的课堂使用的主要资源集. We are seeking applications that identify an area of need in the applicant’s curriculum and propose ideas for a research project that will address that need.

    We will be awarding two Swensrud Fellowships for the summer/fall 2024 season. Priority will be given to an applicant in their first five years of teaching for one Swensrud Fellowship.

    Swensrud Fellowship Description

    During the summer and fall, Swensrud fellows will complete a total of 20 days of research both on and off-site on the topic of their choice using MHS collections, and will produce 2+ primary source sets for the classroom. These deliverables are due on January 15th, 2025, 这些项目的材料将被纳入MHS在线教育资源, with credit to teacher fellows who created them.

    Swensrud fellows will meet regularly for virtual mentorship sessions with our Education department for support in finding resources, focusing research questions, and developing classroom materials. 研究员还将与MHS的研究图书馆员合作,帮助他们找到支持他们研究的资源. 斯旺斯鲁德学院的研究员为他们的研究设定了自己的节奏:有些人更喜欢把他们的研究时间压缩到几个星期, while others spread out their research over the course of the summer and fall. Applicants may also be eligible for fully virtual fellowships if the majority of the materials they are interested in studying are already digitized.

    Swensrud fellows will receive a $6,000 stipend for their work at the MHS. 他们的前一半津贴将在6月参加我们的虚拟培训后发放, and the second half after receipt of their deliverables in January 2025.

    Who should apply?

    Applications are welcome from any K-12 teacher or library media specialist who wishes to use the collections at the MHS to prepare primary-source resource sets in the fields of American history, world history, civics, English language arts, or other relevant subject areas. Applicants are welcome from all U.S. states and territories, 并且必须在2023-2024年期间在教育机构任教或工作. 斯旺斯鲁德奖学金将优先考虑前5年教学经验的教育工作者.

    What is the deliverable for this fellowship?

    After completing the 20 days of research, Swensrud fellows will be asked to produce 2 or more primary source sets and associated materials for other educators to use. Fellows will also complete a short reflection on their fellowship experience.

    Source Sets:

    Between the 2+ sets, fellows should include at least 10 primary sources. Each source set should include the following:

    • A short overview of the topic and its significance (3-4 paragraphs)
    • 从文学硕士历史和社会研究或ELA/扫盲框架适用的标准列表
    • 1-2 essential questions
    • Primary Source list of at least 3 items from MHS collections with:
      • A one-paragraph description of each item's significance/educational value
      • An image or photograph of each item
      • A transcript of any written excerpts for use in the classroom
    • 2-3 sample classroom activities based on the document set

    Where applicable, 研究员可以选择制作一个短视频来代替书面文本,作为源集的一个或多个组成部分, e.g. 对主题的视频介绍或课堂活动的录音解释和演示.

    Examples of previously developed source sets can be viewed here.

    Fellowship Reflection:

    受奖人可以写一篇1000字的博客文章来描述他们在奖学金期间的经历, or participate in a 45-minute virtual interview with MHS Education Staff. Both deliverables must be completed and submitted by January 15th, 2025.

    Source set materials and activities developed by teacher fellows may be incorporated into the MHS History Source curricular resource portal for other educators to use, and quotes from the reflection will be shared on our MHS Beehive Blog. Teacher fellows also retain use of their project materials and may post and share their lesson materials elsewhere with credit to the Massachusetts Historical Society Swensrud Fellowship.

    How do I apply?

    Submit your application via our online application form by midnight on March 14th, 2024. 如果你愿意,你可以同时申请斯旺斯鲁德奖学金和卡斯奖学金.

    We will be holding a fellowship info session on February 7th, 2024 at 5 PM (register here). You can watch the recording of last year's info session here (Passcode: =&v0%pFJ).

    Applicants should prepare to provide the following materials:

    • A current resume
    • A letter of intent (no longer than two pages, single spaced) that identifies an area of need in your curriculum and ideas for developing primary source lesson materials that address that need. Your letter must answer the following questions:
      • What most excites you about this area of research? 利记APP官网手机版这个主题,你有哪些问题是你希望你的研究能够回答的?
      • Talk about the specific needs of your students. 这项研究将如何支持你的课堂教学和你自己的学生的需求?
      • 描述一下你在课堂上使用第一手资料的教学理念. What are some successes and challenges you’ve experienced?
    • A list of 3-5 MHS collections, exhibits, 或MHS档案中的特定项目,您有兴趣作为研究的一部分进行探索. We recommend exploring our website, our collection guides, the History Source curricular resource portal, and our online collections.
    • A letter of support from your school principal or department head
    • A sample lesson plan or classroom activity that you have developed. 它可以是任何主题,不必与你申请的主题相同,甚至不必与历史课相同.

    利记APP官网手机版与您的主题相关的利记手机官网的可访问性和可用性的问题, prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Library Reader Services via email or virtual chat. For questions about your proposal and research questions, please email MHS Education Staff.

    The fellowship process is competitive. Awards will be made on the strength of 1) proposed topic of research; 2) how this research will address an area of need in the applicant’s teaching 3) the plan for using MHS collections; 4) usability of the proposed research in other classrooms; 5) recommendations; 6) the sample classroom materials.

    Please direct questions to education@dorseysridge.com.

  • Kass Teacher Fellowship

    有没有一个历史话题或时期是你一直想深入探索的? Are you facing gaps in your knowledge or curriculum that you want to address? Are you ready to dive into the archives and see what you discover?

    The Kass Teacher Fellowship program offers K-12 educators the chance to focus on pure research and archival exploration by conducting 20 days of research at the MHS on a topic of their choice. The fellowship carries a stipend of $3,你在暑假期间做了四周的研究,并提交了一份利记APP官网手机版你的研究结果的最终报告. We are looking for applications from K-12 teachers seeking to do historical research that will fill a knowledge gap or address a need in their curriculum.

    We will be awarding one Kass Fellowship for the summer/fall 2024 season.

    Kass Fellowship Description

    During the summer and fall, Kass fellows will complete a total of 20 days of research both on and off-site on the topic of their choice using MHS collections, and will produce a final report and bibliography of their research findings. This deliverable is due on January 15th, 2025, 这些项目的材料可能会被纳入MHS在线教育资源和我们的网站 MHS Beehive Blog, with credit to teacher fellows who created them.

    卡斯研究员将定期与我们的教育部门进行虚拟指导会议,以支持头脑风暴, finding resources, focusing research questions, and developing the final report. 研究员还将与MHS的研究图书馆员合作,帮助他们找到支持他们研究的资源. 卡斯研究员为他们的研究设定了自己的节奏:一些研究员喜欢把他们的研究时间压缩到几个星期, 而另一些人则把他们的研究访问分散在夏季和秋季. Applicants may also be eligible for virtual fellowships if the majority of the materials they are interested in studying are already digitized.

    卡斯教师研究员将获得3,000美元的津贴,以表彰他们在MHS的工作. 他们的前一半津贴将在6月参加我们的虚拟培训后发放, and the second half after receipt of their final report.

    Who should apply?

    Applications are welcome from any K-12 teacher or library media specialist who wishes to use the collections at the MHS to prepare primary-source resource sets in the fields of American history, world history, civics, English language arts, or other relevant subject areas. Applicants are welcome from any U.S. states and territories, 并且必须在2022-2023年期间在教育机构任教或工作. Prior experience performing archival research is not required.

    What is the deliverable for this fellowship?

    After completing the 20 days of research, the Kass fellow will be asked to produce a bibliography with highlights from their research (at least 15 items/folders/collections) and a final 4-page or 2,500 word report on their research process and findings. The tone of this report is informal, and fellows should be prepared to discuss the following prompts:

    • What topics and materials did you explore?
    • How did your research questions change over the course of your fellowship?
    • 在你的研究过程中,你发现了哪些最有趣或最令人惊讶的材料? What materials would be most interesting to your students?
    • 你的研究和你找到的资料将如何影响你今后的教学?
    • What should other teachers know if they apply for a research fellowship at MHS? What were some of the highlights and lowlights of the research program?

    Both deliverables must be completed and submitted by January 15th, 2025. 最终报告的部分内容也将在我们的网站上与MHS教育社区分享 MHS Beehive Blog. Fellows also retain use of their project materials and may post and share their report elsewhere with credit to the Massachusetts Historical Society Kass Fellowship.

    How do I apply?

    Submit your application via our online application form by midnight on March 14th, 2024. 如果你愿意,你可以同时申请斯旺斯鲁德奖学金和卡斯奖学金.

    We will be holding a fellowship info session on February 7th, 2024 at 5 PM (register here). You can watch the recording of last year's info session here (Passcode: =&v0%pFJ).

    Applicants should prepare to provide the following materials:

    • A current resume
    • A letter of intent (no longer than two pages, single spaced) that identifies a content knowledge gap or address an area of need in your curriculum that you hope to address through your research. Your letter must answer the following questions:
      • What excites you about this area of research? 利记APP官网手机版这个主题,你有哪些问题是你希望你的研究能够回答的?
      • Talk about the specific needs of your students. 这项研究将如何支持您的课堂教学和您自己的学生的具体需求?
      • 描述一下你在课堂上使用第一手资料的教学理念. What are some successes and challenges you've experienced?
    • A list of 3-5 MHS collections, exhibits, 或MHS档案中的特定项目,您有兴趣作为研究的一部分进行探索. We recommend exploring our website, our collection guides, the History Source curricular resource portal, and our online collections.
    • A letter of support from your school principal or department head
    • A sample lesson plan or classroom activity that you have developed. 它可以是任何主题,不必与你申请的主题相同,甚至不必与历史课相同.

    利记APP官网手机版与您的主题相关的利记手机官网的可访问性和可用性的问题, prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Library Reader Services via email or virtual chat. For questions about your proposal and research questions, please email MHS Education Staff.

    The fellowship process is competitive. Awards will be made on the strength of 1) proposed topic of research; 2) how this research will address an area of need in the applicant’s teaching 3) plan for using MHS materials 4) recommendations; 5) the sample classroom materials.

    Please direct questions to education@dorseysridge.com.

  • John Winthrop Student Fellowship

    你是否有在学校里没有学到的利记APP官网手机版历史的迫切问题? Do you want to learn what it’s like to be a historian? Are you interested in getting hands-on with old documents and artifacts?

    The John Winthrop Student Fellowship award encourages students in grades 9-12 to use documents and artifacts at the MHS in a research project of their choice and with the support of a teacher advisor. Student fellow(s) and their teacher will each receive a $1,000 stipend to complete their research project. We are looking from applications from students who are excited to learn about a topic in history and a desire to explore primary sources.

    The MHS will offer one fellowship to an individual student or a group of up to five students and their teacher advisor during the summer of 2024.

    John Winthrop Student Fellowship Description

    The student fellow(s) and their teacher advisor will attend a virtual orientation at the end of May to kick off their fellowship. Over the course of the next two months, 该学生将探索与他们的研究课题相关的MHS藏品中的文件和文物. Students can explore items in the MHS Reading Room, where they will work directly with original documents and artifacts, and also explore digital materials from our online collections and our virtual primary source sets.

    Students and teacher mentors will meet regularly for virtual mentorship sessions with our Education department for support in brainstorming, finding and analyzing resources, focusing research questions, and developing their final project. 学生研究员还将与MHS的研究图书馆员合作,帮助他们找到支持他们研究的资源. Each student fellow and their teacher advisor will receive a $1,000 stipend for their participation in the fellowship. 他们的前一半津贴将在5月份参加我们的虚拟培训后发放, and the second half after completing their final project and reflection.

    Who should apply?

    你不必是历史爱好者,我们需要的是对提问和学习的热情, not grades! High school students from any U.S. 欢迎各州和地区申请约翰·温斯洛普学生奖学金. Students must be heading into grades 9-12 in the fall of 2024. If students plan to complete the fellowship remotely, 他们的研究领域必须与MHS网站上已经数字化的材料相关. To explore options, check out our website, our collection guides, the History Source curricular resource portal, and our online collections.

    What is the final project?

    Over the course of the fellowship, 学生研究员将完成一个项目,分享他们在奖学金课程中的研究亮点. They will also either write a 1 page reflection about their experience and what they’ve learned or complete a virtual interview with the MHS Education department. Quotes from this final reflection will be featured on the MHS Beehive Blog.

    During the fellowship, students will work with their teacher mentor and MHS advisor to determine the type of research project they would like to complete. 每个项目必须包括他们在MHS研究的至少4个主要来源的分析. 这可以是学校已经分配的项目,也可以是学生自己设计的独立项目.

    Examples of potential projects might include:

    • A blog post
    • A web page or website
    • A podcast outline, script, or recording
    • A slideshow presentation
    • An essay (minimum 4 pages)
    • A zine
    • A documentary or video
    • An interview with MHS staff on the topic of their research

    These are just a few ideas–the possibilities are endless!

    The project and student reflection are due by July 31th, 2024. While neither will be graded, 导师必须根据奖学金标准批准项目的完成.

    How do I apply?

    Submit your application via our online application form by midnight on March 14 2024. We will be holding a fellowship info session on February 7th, 2024 at 6 PM (register here).You can watch the recording of last year's info session here (Passcode: 3MkZ%rM%).

    Applicants should provide the following materials:

    • A proposal of no more than 500 words that explains the following:
      • What is the topic that you want to research and why are you interested in it?
      • What questions do you have about your topic that you want to investigate?
    • A list of 3-5 MHS collections, exhibits, 或MHS档案中的特定项目,您有兴趣作为研究的一部分进行探索. We recommend exploring our website, our collection guides, the History Source curricular resource portal, and our online collections.
    • A recommendation letter from your teacher-advisor for the fellowship project

    利记APP官网手机版与您的主题相关的利记手机官网的可访问性和可用性的问题, prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Library Reader Services via email or virtual chat. For questions about your proposal and research questions, please email MHS Education Staff.

  • Our 2023 Fellowship Recipients

    We are proud to announce our 2023 Teacher and Student Fellowship Winners:

    Swensrud Teacher Fellowship:

    Sydney Slayer, Lyons Township HS, Lyons IL

    Matt Weiss, Verde Valley HS, Sedona AZ

    Kass Teacher Fellowship:

    Michael M. Khorshidianzadeh, Victor School, Acton MA

    John Winthrop Student Fellowship:

    Sahai Virk, Milford High School, Milford MA


    Congratulations to our 2023 Teacher and Student fellows, and we look forward to learning from your research at the MHS this year!

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