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 usually 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.
A SIR 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.
In general, Mass Humanities prioritizes funding projects that engage those whose contact with humanities programming is limited (see our Engaging New Audiences initiative), and programming that responds to our current theme, Negotiating the Social Contract. Please contact Pleun Bouricius if you have questions about Mass Humanities' strategic priorities, or would like to explore how to develop your proposal.
Essentials for Applicants
Guidelines/Application Related MaterialThe application process is all online. Most of the documents listed below are available through links in the
online application process.
Post Funding/Reporting DocumentsGrantees 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.
Grant Publicity Requirements, click here.