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nullAt our conference in Washington, DC in March 2015, ASEH presented awards to Philipp Lehmann (pictured here with Julie Cohn of the Rachel Carson Prize committee) for best dissertation; Fasail Hussain (pictured here with journal editor Lisa Brady) for best article; Marty Reuss for the Public Outreach Career Award; and Joel Tarr for the Distinguished Service Award. See awards section of this website for a full list of award recipients.

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other funding

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Walter S. Rosenberry Fellowship

Offered by the Forest History Society, the Walter S. Rosenberry Fellowship provides a $15,000 stipend to support the doctoral research of a graduate student attending a university in North America and whose research contributes to forest and conservation history. Deadline: March 1. For application instructions, see:

American Council of Learned Societies Fellows Competition

In 2016, this ACLS program will place up to 21 recent humanities PhDs in two-year positions at the nonprofits and government agencies. Public Fellows will participate in the core work of these partner organizations while benefiting from professional mentoring and other career building opportunities. The fellowship carries a stipend of $65,000 per year, as well as individual health insurance and $3,000 toward professional development activities.

This year’s Public Fellows will take up positions in the fields of program evaluation, digital strategy, political advocacy, public policy, and impact analysis (among many others) and will work on issues such as immigration and migration, affordable housing, civil rights, environmental conservation, anti-proliferation, and cultural preservation. The placements are located in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Montgomery, Chicago, Minneapolis, Austin, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Seattle.

Applicants to the Public Fellows program must possess US citizenship or permanent resident status and have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between January 1, 2013 and June 12, 2016. More information about the application process and this year's positions is available at ACLS will begin accepting applications on January 14, 2016. All applications must be submitted through ACLS's online application system ( by 8 pm EDT on March 24, 2016.

National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Program

The NEH invites applications for the 2016 round of the Public Scholar Program, which is intended to support well-researched books in the humanities that have been conceived and written to reach a broad readership. Books supported through the Public Scholar Program might present a narrative history, tell the stories of important individuals, analyze significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic. Most importantly, they should present significant humanities topics in a way that is accessible to general readers. The Public Scholar Program is open to both independent scholars and individuals affiliated with scholarly institutions. It offers a stipend of $4,200 per month for a period of six to twelve months. The maximum stipend is $50,400 for a twelve-month period. Applicants must have U.S. citizenship or residency in the U.S. for the three years prior to the application deadline. In addition, they must have previously published a book with a university or commercial press or at least three articles and essays in publications reaching a large national or international audience.

Application guidelines (including a full statement of the eligibility requirements) and a list of F.A.Q.’s for the Public Scholar Program are available on the NEH’s website at The application deadline for this cycle is February 2, 2016. Recipients may begin the term of the grant as early as September 1, 2016 or as late as September 1, 2017. In the last cycle of the competition, the Endowment received 485 applications and made 36 awards.

NEH Summer Institute at Mystic Seaport Museum

“The American Maritime Commons,” a 5-week NEH Summer Institute, will be held at Mystic Seaport Museum, June 27 - July 29, 2016.  Participants will receive an honorarium of $3,900.  The deadline is 1 March. More information and the application can be found at this link:

Massachusetts Historical Society Research Fellowships

The Massachusetts Historical Society will offer more than 3 dozen research fellowships for the academic year 2016-2017, including 2 MHS-NEH Long-term Fellowships made possible by an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The MHS has made environmental archives a collecting priority, sponsors the Boston Environmental History Seminar, and hosted the inaugural meeting of the Northeast and Atlantic-Canada Environmental History Forum. In 2015 the NEH stipend, governed by an NEH formula, was $4,200 per month for a minimum of 4 months and a maximum of 12 months. MHS Short-term Fellowships carry a stipend of $2,000 to support 4 or more weeks of research in the Society’s collections. The Boston Athenaeum and the MHS will offer one Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship on the Civil War, its Origins, and Consequences for at least 4 weeks at each institution. This fellowship carries a stipend of $4,000. The Society also participates in the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium of 21 organizations. These grants provide a stipend of $5,000 for 8 or more weeks of research at participating institutions. For more information, please visit, email or phone 617-646-0568. MHS-NEH application deadline: January 15, 2016. New England Regional Fellowship Consortium deadline: February 1, 2016. Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship deadline: February 15, 2016. MHS Short-term Fellowship deadline: March 1, 2016.

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