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Boston Athenæum Community Fellowship

The Boston Athenæum Community Fellowship includes a year’s membership to the Boston Athenæum. Scholars, graduate students, independent scholars, teaching faculty, and professionals in the humanities as well as teachers and librarians in secondary public, private, and parochial schools are eligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals holding the appropriate U.S. government documents.

All applicants to the Athenæum’s fellowships that include a stipend are under consideration for this fellowship. Every year there are more applicants than can be awarded stipends; this fellowship allows worthy applicants who are selected to enjoy full access to all reading rooms, stellar service, book borrowing privileges, etc. You can see all the benefits listed under the heading Membership on our website. There is no need to submit a separate application.

Past Recipients of a Boston Athenæum Community Fellowship


No fellowships this year


  • Nicole Breault, Ph.D. candidate, University of Connecticut, "Setting a Watch: Governing the Night in Early Boston"
  • Joey S. Kim, postdoctoral fellow, Boston University, "Romanticism and the Poetics of Orientation (1772-1848)"
  • Elliot Portman, independent artist, "Classical Illustrations of the interior of the Boston Athenaeum --- Reflecting Boston's Artistic Style and History within American Art"


  • Reed Gochberg, Lecturer, Harvard University, “A House of Ideas: Museums, Science, and Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century America”
  • Heather Treseler, Associate Professor of American Literature, Worcester State University, “Thesaurus for a Year of Desire”
  • Conevery Bolton Valencius, Professor of History, Boston College, “On Shaky Ground: The Untold Story of the Largest Earthquake Surge in Modern History”


Kristina McComb, SMFA Tufts, artists' book photography project featuring Athenaeum's circulating stacks