Learn more about our programs to support fellows and research scholars
The Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library is pleased to announce a call for Public Research Fellows in History and Geography for the 2021–2022 academic year.
The Public Research Fellows programs is a pilot initiative of the LMEC, and it is designed to support scholars whose work advances the following two goals:
In 2021–2022, the LMEC seeks proposals on the topic of Environmental Justice in Boston and Beyond. In spring of 2022, the LMEC will launch the More or Less in Common exhibition in our gallery at the Central Library. This exhibition will explore how environmental management, landscape design, and spatial politics have been historically related to patterns of social, racial, economic, and ethnic exclusion and inclusion. Research proposals may focus on any topic related to environmental justice, but we particularly encourage:
Successful fellows will receive a stipend of $3,000. They are expected to spend between one and three weeks in residence at the LMEC. During this time, fellows will prepare a report on their ongoing research for publication on the LMEC website. Fellows will have access to curatorial and reference staff to assist their work in the collections, will interact intermittently with program sponsors, and will present at the end of their time in residence to LMEC board, donors and staff during an informal lunch conversation. Finally, fellows are expected to complete measurable progress towards their public engagement project within 9 months of their residence time.
Researchers who have shown a professional commitment to scholarly understanding coupled with public communication are eligible to apply, including students and faculty housed in research institutions such as colleges and universities, as well as independent scholars and representatives of fields like journalism, design, and policy who can demonstrate a commitment to historical inquiry. Researchers housed at institutions with limited resources for advanced study will be given special consideration in the application process. K–12 teachers are not prohibited from applying to the Public Research Fellows program, but they will likely find our Teacher Fellows program more appropriate.
As of spring 2021, in-person access to the Rare Maps Reading Room remains closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we expect to be open for in-person service at some point during the 2021–2022 academic year, fellowship applicants should provide an explanation for how they might balance remote research with already-digitized collections and plan for contingencies regarding the
An application consists of the following material submitted by April 12, 2021:
Final round applicants will additionally be required to submit a letter of support from a colleague or supervisor. Letters of support will be solicited by the end of April.
Successful applicants will be notified by May 15, 2021 and must plan for a residency period between September 15, 2021 and August 15, 2022.
For questions, please contact the Curator of Maps & Director of Geographic Scholarship.