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Scholar in Residence Grants

The Scholar in Residence (SIR) program funds research that advances the interpretation and presentation of history by Massachusetts history organizations, based on research in the organization`s collections or mission purview. The program has a dual purpose: to provide organizations with expertise not normally available to them, and to encourage scholars to use the rich resources of the state's history museums and historical societies. Priority is given to small organizations that do not generally have the benefit of professionals working in their collections. 

A Scholar in Residence grant carries a maximum award of $3,000. SIR projects are set up collaboratively: scholar and project director agree on the research topic and materials to be used, and work together on the project. SIR grants are sometimes a useful stepping stone towards a project grant for an exhibit, the creation of a brochure or walking tour, or other public history event.  To get a sense of what kind of programming we support, we suggest a stroll through the Grants Awarded section.

Essentials for Applicants
  • Mass Humanities now accepts applications online only. There are two parts to the SIR online application process.
    • Submit an online Inquiry form (LOI) at least four weeks prior to the application deadline.
    • If Inquiry form (LOI) is approved, you will be notified by email and be given access to the full online application. Submit the full application by the application deadline.
  • Download and read the scholar in residence grant guidelines document before submitting an LOI. Full instructions on how to apply online can be found on page 6 of the guidelines or here.
  • Eligibility: Massachusetts museums, historical societies, or other organizations with historical collections and a record of presenting interpretive history programs to the public.
  • Project results must be made public: deposited in a public library or archive, made available online, or published in a readily available brochure.
  • Contact (413-584-8440 x106) if you have any questions.
Scholar in Residence Grant (One Grant Round Per Year)
  Inquiry Form (LOI) Deadline Draft Deadline Application Deadline Notification  
February Round (only 1) January 2, 2014 not required February 1, 2014 March 15, 2014  



RIG deadlines
for planning purposes.

Guidelines/Application Related Material
The application process is all online. Most of the documents listed below are available through links in the
online application process.
SIR Guidelines   pdf icon  
Application Contract Form word pdf    
Budget Form word pdf    
Description Template word pdf    
DUNS Information Sheet   pdf icon  
Post Funding/Reporting Documents
Grantees receiving grants after August 1, 2011, are filing their reports in the online application system.
Required reports are assigned to you. Log on to complete your reports.
Grantees receiving grants prior to August 1, 2011, must submit their reports via the mail system or email.
The necessary forms you may need can be found below.
SIR Project Director Evaluation word pdf pdf icon  
SIR Scholar Evaluation word pdf pdf icon  
SIR Final Expenditures Report word pdf pdf icon  
Grant Publicity Requirements, click here.



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