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Caleb Loring, Jr. Fellowship

A Caleb Loring, Jr. Fellowship is available for research on topics concerning the Confederate States and the Civil War. It offers a stipend of $1,500 for a residency of twenty days (four weeks) and includes a year's membership to the Boston Athenæum. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals holding the appropriate U.S. government documents.

Applicants should use this online formto be considered for the Athenæum's Caleb Loring, Jr. Fellowship. Applications are due April 15, and all candidates will be informed by early June.

Past Recipients of a Caleb Loring, Jr. Fellowship


Rebekah Bryer, Ph.D. candidate, Northwestern University, “National Acts: Performance, Commemoration, and the Construction of National Identity in the Aftermath of the Civil War”


Ariane Liazos, Ph.D., Research Advisor, Harvard University, “’Our Common Humanity’: Moorfield Storey and Struggles for Racial Justice, Self-Determination, and Human Rights”


Ben Parten, Ph.D. candidate, Yale University, “Blow Ye Trumpet, Blow: The Idea of Jubilee in Slavery and Freedom”


Scott Martin, Professor, Bowling Green State University, “The Psychoactive Civil War: Alcohol and Drugs in the American Civil War and Its Aftermath”


  • Abigail Cooper, Assistant Professor, Brandeis University, “Lord, Until I Reach My Home”: Inside the Refugee Camps of the American Civil War
  • Sarah Shapiro, MA student, Columbia University, "Death, Resistance, and Public Order: State Reactions to Slave Suicide in Eighteenth Century British North America"


Catherine Bateson, Ph.D. candidate, University of Edinburgh, Irish American Experience and Sentiments during the American Civil War"


Paula T. Connolly, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, “Stories of Slavery, Stories for Children”


Summar Sparks. Ph.D. Candidate, University of North Carolina Greensboro, "Unbound Regionalism: The Circulation of Southern Periodicals and Novels"


  • Adrian Brettle, Ph.D. candidate, University of Virginia, "Confederate Expansionist Ambitions during the American Civil War Era, 1860-1865"
  • Nicole Etcheson, Professor, Ball State University, "The Suffrage in the Post-Civil War United States"


Melissa Strong, assistant professor, Northeastern State University, "Bringing the Hospital Home: The United States Sanitary Commission and the Evolution of Professional Nursing"


Vanessa Steinroetter, Ph.D. candidate, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, "Representations of Readers and Scenes of Reading in American Literature of the Civil War"


Daniel Flook, Ph.D. candidate, University of Florida, "Seeking Support from the People"


Crystal Feimster, assistant professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "Sexual Warfare: Rape during the American Civil War"


Clay M. Smith, M.F.A. candidate, University of Chicago, for a performance project recreating and re-evaluating the visual and cultural texture of the lives of Confederates imprisoned in the North


James K. Hogue, associate professor, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, "Black Confederates in History and Memory"


Renée L. Bergland, associate professor, Simmons College, "Why did August Evans plot her Civil War novel Macaria around the figure of a woman astronomer?"


Coleman Hutchinson, Ph.D. candidate, Northwestern University, to conduct research for his dissertation, "Region, Revision, and the American Civil War Text"


Daniel Hamilton, for revising for publication his Harvard dissertation, "The Limits of Sovereignty: Legislative Property Confiscation in the Union and the Confederacy"


Patrick Brennan, Ph.D. candidate, University of Missouri at Columbia), "Fevers and Fists:  Forging an Irish Legacy in New Orleans, 1853-1866"


  • Michael Bernath, Ph.D. candidate, Harvard University, "Confederate Minds: The Struggle for Intellectual Independence in the Civil War South."
  • Margaret Long, Ph.D. candidate, University of Chicago, Medical Care of African Americans in the South


No Fellowships offered due to renovation


JoAnne Thomas, Ph.D. candidate, Western Michigan University, to research popular music of the Civil War era


  • Philip Acree Cavalier, professor, Auburn University, expand upon dissertation, "Ethnography, Passing, and the Construction of Racial and Cultural Identities: Henry James, Pauline Hopkins, and Northern Travel Writing"
  • David Cecere, Ph.D. from University of New Hampshire, expanded upon dissertation research "'Amid All the Disolutions [sic] of War': The Reformulation of Northern New England Civil War Soldiers' Racial Perceptions, 1861-1865"