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American Congregational Association-Boston Athenæum Fellowship

The American Congregational Association-Boston Athenæum Fellowship is for research into American religious history involving the collections of the Boston Athenæum and the Congregational Library. The award includes a stipend of $1,500 for a residency of twenty days (four weeks) and includes a year’s membership to the Boston Athenæum and to the Congregational Library. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals holding the appropriate U.S. government documents. The Athenæum expects all fellows to share a bibliography of items studied here.

Applicants should use this online formto be considered for the Athenæum's American Congregational Association-Boston Athenæum Fellowship. Applications are due by April 15 every year. Candidates will be notified by April 30.

For further information contact the Congregational Library Director Margaret Bendroth ( or Mary Warnement, Head of Reader Services at the Boston Athenæum.

Past Recipients of the ACA-Boston Athenæum Fellowship


Erin Fulton, Ph.D. candidate, University of Kentucky, “Vestry Meetings and Vestry Music in New England, 1841-1848”


Nicholas Bonneau, Ph.D. candidate, University of Notre Dame, “Unspeakable Loss: North America’s Invisible Throat Distemper Epidemics, 1735 – 1765”


Jessica Parr, Adjunct, University of New Hampshire, Manchester "Let Us Not Sell Our Birthrights"


Sonia Hazard, Ph.D. candidate, Duke University, "The American Tract Society and the Materiality of Print in Antebellum America"


Stephen Berry, Associate Professor, Simmons College, "Importing the Exotic: Early American Maritime Encounters with World Religions"


Amy Voorhees, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, "Faith, Gender, and Place in Mary Baker Eddy's New England"


David Komline, Ph.D. candidate, University of Notre Dame, “The Common School Awakening: Education, Religion, and Reform in Transatlantic Perspective, 1800-1848”


Richard Boles, Ph.D. candidate, George Washington University, “Divided Faiths: The Rise of Segregated Northern Churches, 1730-1850”


Mary Kupiec Cayton, professor, Miami University, “’A Divine and Supernatural Light’: Religious Emotion and the Rise of Evangelical Culture in America, 1740-1840”


None awarded this year


H. Paul Thompson, Jr., (Assistant Professor, North Greenville University), “The Swan Song of Antebellum Reform: Temperance Reform in Post-Emancipation Atlanta, 1865-1887”


Professor William Van Arragon (King’s College, Edmonton, Alberta), for revising his dissertation, “Cotton Mather in American Cultural Memory,” for publication