Classification: Part-time, non-exempt, term-limited (six months, twenty hours per week)
Location: Eustis Estate, Milton, Mass.
Application Deadline: June 7, 2022
Start Date: September 1, 2021
Compensation: $21 per hour
Historic New England, the oldest and largest regional heritage organization in the nation, is seeking applicants for two part-time research fellowship positions to conduct academic research in support of our goal to become the premier organization where new areas of research, stories, interpretation, and programming are discovered and shared with today’s audiences.
The research fellow is a term-limited, research-based position available to scholars in the humanities or social sciences. Under the supervision of the scholar-in residence, the research fellow will work independently to research a topic related to the Eustis Estate, Gilded Age, or other agreed topic supporting the interpretation of architecture, landscape, decorative arts, or social history at Historic New England, with the goal of completing a predetermined research product.
The two research fellowships currently available are:
- Researching architect William Ralph Emerson and his design of the Eustis Estate to expand our currently limited knowledge of the man and the architecture
- Investigating the estate’s workers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to deepen our understanding of what life was like for them while working on the Eustis Estate
These fellowships are open to scholars at all levels who hold at least a master’s degree and a demonstrated ability to competitively pursue peer-reviewed, academic publication opportunities. Ideal candidates are scholars who will use this opportunity to publish or otherwise disseminate their research and are interested in using their research to educate and engage the public.
Historic New England welcomes applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusion.
- Conduct primary and secondary research on the research topic towards the goal of the completion of a research paper, report, scholarly or public program, or other product.
- Share the results of the research with public audiences in quarterly programs. Coordinate with partner universities and heritage organizations. In coordination with the Study Center Manager, organize additional public programs that generate interest and excitement about the Eustis Estate and Historic New England.
- Transition the research results into accessible articles, essays, online enhancements, or other product for the general public to enrich the visitor experience at the Eustis Estate and Historic New England.
- A completed master’s degree, or expected completion before the fellowship begins, in fields related to the humanities or social sciences and a demonstrated interest in cultural history
- Experience with public speaking and leading educational programming in a public setting
- The ability to competitively pursue peer-reviewed, academic publication opportunities
- Valid driver’s license, means of transportation, and ability to travel to Historic New England sites, as well as any libraries, archives, and research facilities as needed
Other Preferred Qualifications
- A completed PhD in fields related to the humanities or social sciences
- Ability to use academic search engines (e.g. JSTOR) is desirable
Interested candidates, please submit all of the following
- 1-2 page, single-spaced writing sample
- 1-3 page, single-spaced project narrative that includes:
- Topic choice (from the two available) and why it interests you
- Explanation of how this project fits with your trajectory as a scholar, academic, writer, teacher, etc.
- Potential places of publication for this project
- Bibliography of relevant secondary literature
Please submit application materials to [email protected].
Historic New England is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to supporting equality of opportunity and respect for diversity. We are committed to providing equal opportunity in employment to all qualified persons without regard to non-work-related factors such as race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, gender identity, or sexual orientation.